Just in: French cellist wins Queen Elisabeth competition

Just in: French cellist wins Queen Elisabeth competition


norman lebrecht

June 03, 2017

The news from Brussels is that Victor Julien-Laferriére has been named winner.

He receives 25,000 Euros.

The second prize goes to Yuya Okamoto.

Third was the Colombian, Santiago Cañón-Valencia.

UPDATE: What went right at Queen Elisabeth Competition.


  • Max Grimm says:

    Full results below:

    1er Prix – Grand Prix International Reine Elisabeth – Prix Reine Mathilde (25.000€)
    – Victor Julien-Laferrière

    2e Prix – Prix du Gouvernement fédéral belge, offert par la Politique scientifique fédérale – Prix Eugène Ysaÿe (20.000 €)
    – Yuya Okamoto

    3e Prix – Prix Comte de Launoit (17.000€)
    – Santiago Cañón-Valencia

    4e Prix – Prix des Gouvernements Communautaires de Belgique, offert cette année par le Gouvernement de la Communauté germanophone (12.500€)
    – Aurélien Pascal

    5e Prix – Prix de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale (10.000€)
    – Ivan Karizna

    6e Prix – Prix de la Ville de Bruxelles (8.000€)
    – Brannon Cho

    Lauréats non classés par ordre alphabétique (4.000 € – Offerts par la Loterie nationale)
    – Sihao He
    – Seungmin Kang
    – Maciej Kulakowski
    – Christine Lee
    – Yan Levionnois
    – Bruno Philippe

    *In addition to the monetary awards, prizes 1 through 6 also award concert bookings to the respective winners.
    The 1st and 2nd prizes include a CD recording on top of the monetary and concert awards.

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    Not surprising that he won. Victor Julien-Laferriére is a major talent and the current crop of young French cellists is impressive indeed.

  • Ignacio Martínez-Ybor says:

    Bravo for Victor Julien-Leferriére. I know him from his several chamber music recordings with the marvelous pianist Adam Laloum. This is good news indeed.

  • John Borstlap says:

    This Victor was indeed victorious for the right reasons. I heard/saw him on Belgian TV, what he did wat totally convincing and very impressive. Especially if you consider the music as such.