Imposed works
For the instrumental sessions, candidates must study two new works specially written for the Queen Elisabeth Competition. The 2020 piano session being postponed to 2021, both works that were commissioned for 2020 will serve as imposed works in 2021.

Imposed work for the semi-final

The French composer Pierre Jodlowski has written the imposed work in the semi-final, a work for solo piano, which will be premiered on Monday May 10, 2021 at Studio 4 in Flagey. The candidates receive the score of this work after the preselection.

Watch and listen to another recent work of Pierre Jodlowski : Mecano 2018, a performance by Jean Geoffroy.

Imposed work for the semi-final

After the semi-final, the finalists of the instrumental sessions are hosted for one week at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, in particular to study without any outside help an unpublished concert piece. This work has been composed by French composer Bruno Mantovani and will be world premièred on the first day of the final, on Monday May 24, 2021 at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The six finalists will perform with the Belgian National Orchestra, under the baton of Hugh Wolff.

In the following video Bruno Mantovani conducts his Concerto de chambre n ° 2 with the Ensemble intercontemporain:

The performances of the imposed works will be broadcast on Belgian radio, television (RTBF & VRT) and will be streamed live on our website. Both works will be released on CD.
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
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