Members of the Crickboom Competition jury

Philippe koch – violin

Coming from a large family of musicians, Philippe Koch studied in Liège then perfected his skills with Masters C.Ferras, P.Amoyal and A.Grumiaux. Konzertmeister of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, he also pursues a career as a soloist across Europe, Japan, the United States and South America, which allows him to play accompanied by numerous orchestras and to rub shoulders with renowned conductors such as P. Jaervi, E. Krivine, Y. Ahronovich, A.Dmitriev, and to play in prestigious halls (Berlin Philharmonies, Brussels, Luxembourg, P.Casals Hall Tokyo, Center of Arts Seoul... ) Passionate about chamber music, he explores its diversity within the Trio Koch, with his daughter Laurence (violin) and his son Jean-Philippe (piano), the Trio Grumiaux, and the Louvigny quartet. Violin professor at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, he also gives master classes in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Japan, Korea and is regularly a member of the jury in various international competitions (Reine Elisabeth, Ysaye, Vieuxtemps, Grumiaux…); interested in conducting, he was also invited to conduct various ensembles. His discography (more than 35 CDs ranging from Mozart to Bussotti) has received several prestigious distinctions in the international specialist press (2 Diapasons d’Or, Choc-Monde de la Musique, Répertoire, Pizzicato...).

Shirly Laub – violin

Shirly Laub studied in Brussels in the class of Clemens Quatacker and then perfected her skills with Wiktor Liberman and Philippe Hirshhorn in Utrecht. She obtained the title of Young Soloist from the French-language public radio communities and became a Juventus laureate, a distinction awarded by the Council of Europe. His impressive discography includes numerous recordings as a chamber musician and violin conductor for the public broadcasters Musiq3, Klara, France Musique, Radio Suisse Romande, Radio Canada, RAI and BBC. In 2001, she joined New York's Silk Road Ensemble, which allowed her to perform alongside Yo Yo Ma around the world. Principal violin of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London between 1998 and 2005, Shirly Laub is regularly invited as konzertmeister by the main symphony orchestras of Belgium, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Korea. As a chamber musician, mainly with Oxalys and the string trio TrioFenix, she plays in prestigious venues, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Library of Congress in Washington. A member of the jury of major violin competitions, such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Shirly Laub has been a violin professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels since 2003.


Born in Hungary, Kati Sebestyén is a former violin professor at the “Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel”, where for decades she was head of the strings section. Also ex - “extraordinary teacher” at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. In 2005, she was a member of the artistic commission of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. She also taught at the Brabants Conservatorium, and today she is professor of violin at the Prins Claus Conservatorium – Hanze University in Groningen, Netherlands.
She is regularly invited as a jury member or to hold masterclasses: Mozarteum Salzburg; University of Rouen; Hannover-Goslar; CIM Morges; University of North Carolina; Rejkjavik Conservatory; Franz Liszt Academy Budapest; Carl Nielsen Academy Odense; Instituto Superior de Veracruz Mexico; etc.
As a solo violinist or chamber musician, she has performed in recitals or recordings in most European countries as well as in the USA. She was a member of the Haydn Quartet, violin conductor of the Sebastian Strings Chamber Orchestra, and a founding member of the Contrasts Ensemble. With these sets she has produced several CDs for EMS and elsewhere.
She has received numerous cultural – musical distinctions in various European countries.


Olivier Giot showed his enthusiasm for music at an early age, which became not only a profession for him, but above all a passion that he could not do without. At the age of 5 ½ he started learning music theory, at the age of 6 ½ he practiced the violin and at the age of 7 ½ the piano at the Music Academy of Bouillon (Luxembourg province). He completed this academic training at a young age, at the age of 11, and became enthusiastic about all the genres in which he always excelled: violin, piano, music theory, chamber music, orchestra, improvisation, jazz, ...). However, early on he developed a preference for working in orchestras and chamber music. He completed his musical training at the Liège Conservatory and obtained first prize and a higher violin diploma in the class of Mr. Richard PIETA. At the same time he perfected and diversified his training in master classes with: Mr. Olivier CHARLIER, professor of violin at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (1997) Mr. Franco GULLI (1998) Mr. M. BEZVERKHNY at the Conservatory of Ghent Music (year 1999-2000 ) His professional career started in 2000 with an engagement as assistant violin teacher in the class of Mr. Richard PIETA at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, until 2012. From 2001 to February 2009 he was first soloist - leader of the second violins in the Limburg Symphony Orchestra in MAASTRICHT (Netherlands). Since February 2009, he has been soloist and leader of the first violins of the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF LIEGE (O.P.L.). Mr. Giot is currently principal violin soloist and assistant concertmaster at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, where he continues his chamber music ambitions.
Olivier Laublin - Photographe

Anne-Sylvie primo – VIOLIN

The director of the "Académie des Beaux-Arts de Verviers", Anne-Sylvie Primo from Liège, started playing the violin at the age of three. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, where she won first prizes in music theory, violin and chamber music. She obtained a license and training in violin, which she completed with a training in “concert production and artist management”. She has also worked as an artistic agent for various groups with different music styles, from jazz to world music, including classical music and rock. She is also artistic director of the non-profit organization 'Musique Chambrée', whose main goal is to promote artists of all stripes, and the founder and first violin of the ensemble 'Darius', with which she plays at various events where music is the focus of a special place.