Requested repertoire
Which works do the candidates prepare and perform for the Piano Competition?


  • a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach;
  • a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert;
  • a Chopin étude;
  • a work of the candidate's choice for solo piano.
These works are screened by the jury members of the preselection, in order to select the candidates who can participate in the first public round.

First round

For the first round recital, each pianist selects a work of choice and the first movement of a classical sonata by Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart. In addition, the candidate chooses four études :
  • one by Chopin,
  • one by Liszt,
  • one by Bartók, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Skryabin or Stravinsky ;
  • and one by Abrahamsen, Dusapin, Ligeti, Mantovani, Messiaen, Ohana or Rautavaara.
Each candidate will perform the works or excerpts from works that the jury selects from among the works proposed. Just before the first round, the candidates’ repertoire will be published in the Calendar of the first round, together with the performance schedule.


  • A Mozart concerto, to be chosen from concertos KV450 (No. 15 in B flat major), KV453 (No. 17 in G major), KV456 (No. 18 in B flat major), KV488 (No. 23 in A major) and KV595 (No.27 in B flat major). The twelve semi-finalists will perform with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley.
  • The jury chooses one of two recital programmes proposed by the candidate, each including works of the candidate’s choice and the compulsory unpublished work written especially for this year’s competition by Pierre Jodlowski.
You can discover the jury's choice in the Calendar of the semi-final, the day before the candidate's performance. Exceptionnally, each semi-finalist will play his concerto and recital during one and the same performance.


  • An unpublished work written specially for this year’s competition by Bruno Mantovani.
  • A concerto of choice.
After the semi-final, the concertos chosen by the finalists will be indicated in the Calendar of the final. The six finalists will perform with the Belgian National Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Wolff
You can find out more about the compulsory works that were written especially for the semi-final and the final of the Piano Competition on the page about the Compulsory works.
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