American Friends of Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

High-level training to exceptional young talents

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (BE) A Project of Q | KBFUS Funds

Support the musical elite of tomorrow

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel provides high-level training to exceptional young talents. A training center of excellence with an international reputation, its curriculum is reserved for outstanding musicians - the musical elite of tomorrow.

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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:

  1. 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 2016-17: José van Dam, Augustin Dumay, Louis Lortie, Gary Hoffman, Miguel Da Silva and the Artemis Quartet.

  2. 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 350 concerts during the 2016-17 season. The Music Chapel welcomes annually about sixty young talents in residence, from Belgium and abroad (21 nationalities in 2016-17). 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!

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For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: or phone (212) 713 7660.