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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
May 6, 2005

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Students Compete In Exclusive Queen Elisabeth Competition

PITTSBURGH—Two violinists from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music, Eunice Keem and Daniela Shtereva, are competing in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgium, through May 28, 2005.

Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music, said, "The Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, held in Brussels, is among the most historic and prestigious in the world. This year's competition is for violinists. Of this very select group, two are current Carnegie Mellon students: junior Eunice Keem and Artist Diploma candidate Daniela Shtereva, both in the studio of Cyrus Forough. Both Eunice and Daniela have been members of the honors Starling Quartet and have also been Starling Fellows in violin, supported by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation."

Of the 134 candidates selected to participate, Keem and Shtereva are two of 84 women. This is a unique opportunity for any classical music student. Widely regarded as one of the premier music competitions, the Queen Elisabeth Competition for violinists will not be held again until 2009.

The schedule for the violin competition is:

Sunday, May 1-Saturday, May 7: First round (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Monday, May 9-Saturday, May 14: Semi-finals (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Monday, May 16-Thursday, May 19: Master Classes
Monday, May 23-Saturday, May 28: Finals (Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels)

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is open to musicians who are ready to launch their international careers. The competition includes piano, voice, violin and composition. The performance sessions take place every four years and the competition for composers every two years. The winners of the composer's competition contribute during the piano and violin competitions.

Inaugurated with the violin in 1951, the competition celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1976 (centenary of the birth of Queen Elisabeth) by changing the usual order of the sessions to favor the violin. The recent 50th anniversary in 2001 also celebrated the violin's role in the competition.

For more information about the competition, visit:

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music; and its associated centers and programs. For more information on the competition and/or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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