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Arie Van Lysebeth—President of the Jury, Queen Elisabeth Competition; 2017. Boro Milovic—Founder & Curator of "We Love Brussels"

Credit: Courtesy of Queen Elisabeth Competition

Credit: Courtesy of Queen Elisabeth Competition

Arie Van Lysebeth took up the violin at the age of four. He completed his higher education at the Brussels Conservatory in music theory, bassoon, chamber music, and orchestral conducting. Following a competition, he was appointed bassoon soloist of the Belgian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, he came joint first in the Prague International Bassoon Contest. He also studied conducting under Bruno Maderna in Salzburg and under Pierre Boulez in Switzerland. Starting in 1970, he conducted the Flemish Chamber Orchestra, both in Belgium and abroad.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Van Lysebeth has appeared with the major Belgian orchestras as well as with symphony orchestras in the United States of America, Argentina, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany. Mr. Van Lysebeth has performed with many famous soloists, including Igor Oistrakh, José Van Dam, Murray Perahia, and Augustin Dumay. From 1995 to 2004 he was the regular conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Brussels Conservatory, where he taught chamber music for many years (1970-1994) and served as director (1994-2003). From 2004 to 2014, he was the artistic director of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Boro is an advisor who specializes in the field of place branding, public diplomacy and digital strategy. As a digital entrepreneur with many successful projects behind him, Boro is also a part of Europolitan Trends. Originally from Montenegro, Boro has lived in Brussels for several years with specialities within the domains of digital media, international relations, and humanitarian work. Under his leadership, "We Love Brussels" has grown into one of Belgium's premiere online institutions with a highly diversified network of Brussels citizens—from longtime citizens and tourists/travelers, to expert bloggers. The main mission of "We Love Brussels"—to bring the extraordinary portrait of Brussels to a worldwide and local audience, including treasures and hidden spots of this magnificent city which are often missed or neglected. Be sure to visit "We Love Brussels" online for all the latest news and exciting developments currently in Brussels.