Polish cellist in Brussels music competition finals
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's Maciej Kułakowski is the youngest of twelve finalists in the first ever cello event of the Belgian Queen Elisabeth Competition for young musicians.
The twelve finalists in the 2017 Cello Queen Elisabeth Competition. Photo: cmireb.be.
Whittled down from 68 candidates, the finalists will compete for a grand prize of EUR 25,000 from 29 May until 3 June.
Twenty-one-year-old Kułakowski will perform on 31 May.
Each finalist will perform a concerto and a piece specially composed for the competition.
They will be accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Stéphane Denève.
Four other finalists come from France, two from South Korea, and one from the United States, Colombia, China, Belarus and Japan respectively.
Kułakowski’s previous successes include First Prize at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw in 2015.
The Queen Elizabeth Competition annually showcases a different instrument in rotation: violin, piano, vocals and, for the first time in 2017, cello. (mk/vb/rg)