In 1937, Eugène Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth created a competition called Cello Competition where ten violinists from around the world could participate. It is held in Brussels, Belgium and alternates between that instrument each year.
The International Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition, which is a part of Elisabeth Festival Belgium, has announced that winner. Yes, the winner is Hayoung Choi. In 2022, the competition had a focus on emerging cellists and awarded one from Korea Hayoung Choi first prize. As the first South Korean to win it €25,000 with more performance opportunities all around the world.
Hayoung Choi beat her more than ten competitors in a final round of the competition which was spread out over six days. In second place Yibai Chen, awarded a prize of €20,000, and Marcel Johannes Kits won third place with a prize of €17,000.
Oleksiy Shadrin received the fourth place prize of €12,500 while Petar Pejčić won fifth and sixth places with prizes of €10,000 and €8,000 respectively. The six unranked laureates who did not win either fifth or sixth place each received only €4,000 for participation. Read out and you can find more information here.
Hayoung Choi was born in Germany and studied at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, the Korean National University of Arts and at the Kronberg Academy. Hayoung Choi is internationally recognized and has won many competitions, including the Krzysztof Penderecki Competition, the International Johannes Brahms Competition, and the Justus Dotzauer Competition.
Hayoung Choi performed the work of Witold Lutoslawski, and impressed the competition with a list of jury members that includes Brussels’ General Manager-Flagey cultural venue Gilles Ledure. One of the jury members, said that Choi’s performance was “impressive”. Choi bested the other performers, who each performed Lutoslawski’s 5 Albumblätterconducted by music director Stéphane Denève.