Queen Elisabeth Competition


May 3, 2021 - June 9, 2021


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Queen Elisabeth Competition 2021

“These are unprecedented times that are turning our lives upside down. The Queen Elisabeth Competition has not been spared: the piano session scheduled for May 2020 could obviously not take place on the planned dates. However, we are pleased to announce that we can postpone the piano competition to May 2021.”

These are the dates for Piano 2021:

03 > 08/05 : first round

10 > 15/05 : semi-final

24/05 > 29/05 : final (with the Belgian National Orchestra)

02 & 03/06 : laureates’ recitals in Flagey

07/06 : concert with laureates 4,5,6 (with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra)

09/06 : closing concert with laureates 1,2,3 (with the Brussels Philharmonic)

One of the most demanding and also one of the most widely publicised international competitions, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, ever since its creation in 1937, has established itself as a springboard for young violinists, pianists, singers, and cellists on the threshold of an international career. The Competition aims, above all, to serve as an intermediary between those young virtuosos and the world’s great musical venues.

Steadfastly committed to the project initiated by Eugène Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth, the Queen Elisabeth Competition seeks to discover complete artists; it owes its reputation to a prestigious jury, strict rules, and unparalleled media coverage, as well as to the friendly and enthusiastic hospitality offered by an entire country and its Royal Family. For the finalists, one of the highlights of the Competition is their stay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, which offers them an opportunity to spend a whole week studying, without any external assistance, a new work to be performed with an orchestra.


Brussels, Belgium




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