Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition Seeking New Work

Contestants will have one week to prepare performance of winning composition.

In the last round of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, beginning May 21, 2001, at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, each of the 12 finalists will play a composition for violin and orchestra lasting about 10 minutes and designed to test and display their performing skills.

And that's about all anyone knows about this music right now, because it has not yet been chosen, nor probably even written.

A preliminary competition to choose the composition will conclude at midnight on Dec. 31. The music must be the work of a composer who is living and was born after Jan. 1, 1961.

The competition rules specify that the music must be "on a par with the major repertoire for violin and orchestra," and the composer cannot be a violinist participating in the violin competition. The rules also specify the limits of the orchestra's size (not more than three percussionists or 12 first violinists, for example).

Compositions must be presented anonymously, with the composer's identity in a separate, sealed envelope. The winner will be given the good news, confidentially, in March 2001 and will be invited to attend the competition finals. The public will be informed of the winning composition on May 18, 2001, and the violin contestants will be given only one week, and two rehearsals with orchestra, to prepare their performances.

For further information check the competition Web site (www.concours-reine-elisabeth.be).