Piano recitals
After the first round, “the candidates have to take part in what is probably the most dreaded round of the competition: the semi-finals. This time the jury is no longer concerned with assessing technique – the twenty-four semi-finalists are supposed to have mastered that – but rather with seeing whether they are well-rounded musicians, capable of reproducing ancient and modern music with the respect owing to the composers, displaying the requisite musicality and expression as well as an understanding of the structure of the piece. The programme required of the semi-finalists is the most comprehensive of all: they must present a veritable recital that highlights all facets of their talent.”
(from 'Elisabeth’s Dream', Thierry Bouckaert)

Relive some highlights of the semi-final recitals of the piano competitions of 2010, 2013 and 2016 below.

Candidates must also prepare a Mozart concerto with orchestra accompaniment. Watch a selection of performances of the semi-final piano concerti.

Semi-final 2010: Denis Kozhukhin - recital
Semi-final 2010: Hannes Minnaar - recital
Semi-final 2010: Yury Favorin - recital
Semi-final 2013: Boris Giltburg - recital
Semi-final 2013: David Fung - recital
Semi-final 2013: Rémi Geniet - recital
Semi-final 2013: Sangyoung Kim - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Alberto Ferro - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Alexander Beyer - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Dmitry Shishkin - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Hans H. Suh - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Lukas Vondracek - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Kana Okada - recital
Semi-final 2016 : Larry Weng - recital
Semi-final 2016: Chi Ho Han - recital
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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