The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Under the Honorary Chairmanship of Her Majesty Queen Paola
The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, a public utility foundation, was established in 1939. This beautiful project imagined by Eugène Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth was entirely rethought in 2004 and evolves around two main axes:
- High-level training in six disciplines (voice, violin, piano, cello, viola and chamber music) with the presence of Masters in Residence. Six leading names in the field of classical music will accompany the Music Chapel and its young artists in 2015–16: José van Dam, Augustin Dumay, Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Miguel Da Silva and the Artemis Quartet.
- Professional insertion through a network of cultural partners in Belgium (venues such as Bozar, Flagey and La Monnaie as well as the major orchestras and festivals) and around the world. The Music Chapel will produce, co-produce or initiate almost 300 concerts during the 2015–16 season. The Music Chapel welcomes annually about sixty young talents in residence, from Belgium and abroad (20 nationalities in 2015–16). The Music Chapel is among the leading institutions of this type in the world.
A particularity of this foundation is its operating budget, 80% of which is funded by the private sector (foundations, companies, private patronage, own revenue) and 20% by public aid (European Union, Belgium’s Federal Scientific Policy, the Ministry of Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the National Lottery).
The inauguration of new infrastructure, i.e. the de Launoit wing in January 2015, opens a new page in the history of the Music Chapel. It offers the Chapel a tool with which to envisage, in optimal conditions, its mission as a transmitter of music for future generations and for the public, through the series of MuCH concerts in its new hall, which gives out onto the Sonian Forest. More than ever, the Music Chapel, anchored in the Belgian landscape, is continuing to develop its international vocation.
Bernard de Launoit, Executive President