Requested repertoire
Which works do the candidates prepare for the Violin Competition ?



  • A sonata for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach;
  • A Capriccio by Niccolò Paganini;
  • The first movement of a sonata (or sonatina) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven or Franz Schubert;
  • A work of the candidate’s choice with piano accompaniment.
The videos 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 the candidates prepare:
  • The Sonata n.3 in d minor by Eugène Ysaÿe;
  • Three Capriccios by Niccolò Paganini;
  • A piece chosen from among 3 Romances op. 22 by Clara Schumann, Impromptu concertant by George Enescu or Dryades et Pan, excerpt of Mythes op. 30 by Karol Szymanowski.
The jury chooses which works or parts of works each candidate has to perform. The candidate will be informed of this choice one hour before the performance. After the drawing of lots of Friday night 3 May, the candidates’ order of appearance will be published in the First round calendar. Each candidate's programme will be added once the candidate has been informed of the works to be performed.


At each session, which consists of two parts, four different semi-finalists are scheduled.
The first two play a Mozart concerto, to be chosen from concertos K. 207 (No. 1 in B flat major), K. 211 (No.2 in D major) and K. 218 (No. 4 in D major), accompanied by the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Vahan Mardirossian.
After the break, the other two violinists perform their recital with piano accompaniment. The jury will choose one of two recital programmes proposed by the candidate, each including works of the candidate’s choice and the compulsory unpublished work, The Sun and Her Flowers, written especially for this year’s edition by Charlotte Bray (world première on Monday 13 May 2024). You can discover the jury's choice of recital in the Semi-final calendar, the day before the candidate's performance. The semi-final schedule will be added on Sunday 12 May.


Finalists will perform the imposed work, written specially for the final of this violin session by Thierry Escaich (world première on Monday 27 May 2024), and a concerto of their own choice, with the Belgian National Orchestra under the baton of Antony Hermus. After the semi-final, the repertoire chosen by the finalists and their order of appearance will be indicated in the Calendar of the final.

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