The 2020 Piano Competition is postponed to May 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)

Tickets and subscriptions
If you have booked seats for the Piano 2020 Competition, you will receive an e-mail by Flagey or Bozar, explaining what you can do with your tickets or subscriptions. An overview is also available on our website. If you have not communicated an e-mail address when making your purchase at Flagey, but a telephone number, they will contact you by phone.

Cycle of four instruments
This postponement will of course have consequences for the other disciplines, all of which have been moved forward by one year: the cello session, that was scheduled for 2021, will take place in 2022, the voice competition in 2023, and the violin session in 2024. The age limit for candidates will be raised by one year, for the complete cycle of sessions, i.e. until the piano competition of 2025. The website is being updated with the news dates.

Queen Elisabeth Competition @ Home
For many of you, a month of May without the Queen Elisabeth Competition will leave a certain void. Therefore we invite you to a virtual rendezvous on our Multimedia page, where we welcome you to our new initiative " Queen Elisabeth Competition @ Home " ; a selection of playlists with audio and video fragments of previous Piano Competitions, and photo albums with lots of archive footage.

Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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