Hungarian tenor wins Belgian singing prize
The 27-year-old tenor beat two mezzo-sopranos from France and Poland to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Prize.26 May 2008
BRUSSELS - Hungarian tenor Szabolcs Brickner, 27, won Belgium's prestigious Queen Elisabeth Prize for singing, organisers said Sunday, beating two mezzo-sopranos, Isabelle Druet from France and Poland's Bernadetta Grabias.
The contestants had been whittled down to 12 by the weekend, from 72 singers from 29 different countries, when it began on 8 May.
The prize, originally founded in 1937 for violinists by the Bavarian wife of the late king Albert, now honours pianists, composers and singers as well in a rotating four-year programme.
It is given to up-and-coming classical musicians who aspire to an international career.
[AFP / Expatica]