French cellists dominate Reine Elisabeth finals

The last 12 cellists were announced last night in the Brussels competition.

Four of them are French.

Santiago Cañón-Valencia, 21, Colombia
Brannon Cho, 22, USA
Sihao He, 23, China
Victor Julien-Laferrière
, 26, France
Seungmin Kang, 29, South Korea
Ivan Karizna (24, Belorussia
Maciej Kułakowski, 20, Poland
JeongHyoun Christine Lee, 25, South Korea
Yan Levionnois, 26, France
Yuya Okamoto, 22, Japan)
Aurélien Pascal
, 22, France

Bruno Philippe, 23, France


The final round will begin on May 29.

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  • Love these names, which are potentially a concert promoter’s nightmare.

    “Sihao He” would have to indicate male gender. Seungmin Kang? Anyone’s guess.

    “Santiago Cañón-Valencia” … a cello-playing city perhaps.

  • The dark horse, the interesting one to watch in this competition will be Santiago Cañón-Valencia. How many South Americans are making finals in competitions these days?

    He’s breaking a lot of barriers, going against the odds He’s a super talent, who’s been doing well on the competition circuit. Colombians are rightfully very proud of him & they are already buzzing about the Queen Elizabeth.

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