How does the final proceed this year?

As usual, the final takes place at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts, from 24 to 29 May. Three months after the fire broke out on the roof of the Centre for Fine Arts, the Henry Le Boeuf Hall can welcome musicians again. Every evening, one finalist will perform with the Belgian National Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Wolff. The orchestra is currently there, preparing the final programme. A proscenium has been added to the stage, allowing the orchestra members to perform at a safe distance from one another.

Final programme
The finalists will perform a concerto of their own choice and an unpublished work specially written for this year’s competition by Bruno Mantovani : D’un jardin féérique. On Saturday the 29th of May, the laureates will be ranked at the end of the evening. Below you can download the schedule, which is also indicated in the calendar of the final.

A week at the Music Chapel
Following their order of appearance, the finalists will enter the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel one by one, to study the unpublished compulsory final work. Their stay is organised according to the sanitary protocol that has been established. Next Saturday, when they will all be present, a digital meeting is in store for them with H.M. Queen Mathilde, under whose Patronage the Competition is held. The meeting with the composer of the compulsory work will also take place digitally.

Watch the final live
Thanks to the VRT, the RTBF and our partner Proximus, you can watch the final live on our website, each night as from 8.20pm. You can replay all the performances, and those of the semi-final and the first round, on the Piano 2021 multimedia page.

The live broadcasts on Belgian public radio and television start at 8.10pm. More information about the Competition’s broadcasts is available in the broadcast schedule (pdf).

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