May 24, 2012

Queen Elisabeth competition

Brussels was not only invaded by participants and spectators of the Zinneke parade last weekend, another cultural event of a totally different nature has taken over the city during the last few weeks. 
You know something important is going on when parking spots are blocked by police, a player of the National Orchestra is all dressed up to take a telephone call, people are running to get somewhere on time,   the info booth is manned with a knowledgeable young man and someone gets a lot of attention from the press.
For 75 years now, the prestigious Queen Elisabeth competition brings the best young musicians in a certain discipline to town. This year's competition is devoted to violin.
The musician with the telephone is orchestra member Bram Nolf who plays the oboe, the person being interviewed is the dad of the only Belgian participant in the competition, Marc Bouchkov.