Australian violinist wins Belgian music competition

1st June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Australian violinist Ray Chen, 20, took first-prize honours this weekend at Belgium's Queen Elisabeth music competition, one of the world's most prestigious and toughest classical music events.

BRUSSELS  - Australian violinist Ray Chen, 20, took first-prize honours this weekend at Belgium's Queen Elisabeth music competition, one of the world's most prestigious and toughest classical music events.

Taiwan-born Chen overcame 68 rivals from 24 countries to win EUR 20,000 (USD 28,000), the chance to play several concerts and record a CD, and a three-year loan of a priceless Stradivarius violin.

No stranger to success, Chen -- who took up the violin at age four while growing up in Brisbane -- was last year's winner of the Menuhin Competition, the world's premier competition for young violinists.

Named in honour of a former queen of the Belgians, the month-long Queen Elisabeth competition attracts young violinists, pianists, composers and singers embarking on international music careers.

AFP / Expatica

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