About Eugène Ysaÿe

The figure of Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) continues to inspire. His Third Sonata for solo violin will be performed by the 63 candidates of the first round, Maison Bernard dedicates an exhibition to him, Sergey Khachatryan recorded the six sonatas for solo violin on the violin of Ysaÿe himself, a voluminous book was dedicated to him and jury member Philippe Graffin went looking for lost works.

A violin for Eugène Ysaÿe

With this exhibition Maison Bernard brings together unique instruments and documents that belonged to Eugène Ysaÿe, the exceptional Belgian musician who worked with Queen Elisabeth to create a competition. This dream came true in 1937 with the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition, which became the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1951.
From Monday 27 May until Saturday 1 June at the Centre for Fine Arts

63 times the Third Sonata in D minor

One of the six Sonatas for solo violin by Eugène Ysaÿe is traditionally on the program of the Violin Competition. From Monday 6 to Saturday 11 May, you can follow the interpretations of this year's Third Sonata by the 63 candidates in the first round live on our website. Or you can come and listen to them in Flagey, there are still tickets left!
From Monday 6 to Saturday 11 May at Flagey (sessions at 3pm and 8pm)

New CD by Sergey Khachatryan

In March, Naïve Records released all six of Ysaÿe's sonatas, performed by the winner of the 2005 Competition on Ysaÿe's own Guarneri del Gesù. Listen to his performance of the 3rd sonata on YouTube or listen to the artist talking about his admiration for Ysaÿe and the particular sound of his instrument.

Rediscovering Eugène Ysaÿe

Marie Cornaz, curator of the musical collections and archives of the Belgian Royal Library, compiles a large number of sources (manuscripts, letters, press) in this monumental biography of no less than 352 pages, some of which had not been published before. During the Violin Competition, you pay only €50 (promotion valid at La boîte à Musique until 31 December 2024 - French edition only). More information about the book at www.brepols.net.

In search of the lost works of Ysaÿe

Philippe Graffin, member of the jury in 2024, has already devoted two documentaries and CD recordings to the lost works of Ysaÿe, including Ysaye's Secret Solo Sonata from 2020. In a new documentary, the violinist reveals the story of another “secret” work by the great Belgian master, his Poème Concertant: Ysaÿe's Secret Concerto. In 2023, the manuscript of the Overture on Themes of Atala was found in the Bozar archives. The Belgian National Orchestra gave its European premiere last February.

Relive the performances of Violin 2024
The Competition's CD's
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