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Competition: Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition



Created in 1951 at the initiative of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, and following on from the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition very quickly became one of the leading international competitions for violinists, pianists, composers, since 1988, singers and in 2017, cello. Taking place in Brussels, the Queen Elisabeth Competition owes its reputation to its extremely strict regulations, but also to its outstanding juries composed of performers and educators of international renown.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition aims above all to assist young talented musicians launch an international career by offering them the opportunity to perform for radio and television, by developing contacts and networks that can lead to concerts all over the world.

Laureates of the competition over the past fifty years include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jaime Laredo, Gidon Kremer, Mitsuko Uchida, Vadim Repin, Frank Braley, Cristina Gallardo-Domás and, more recently, Nikolaj Znaider, Baiba Skride, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Sergey Khachatryan, Anna Vinnitskaya, Ray Chen , Denis Kozukhin, Andrey Baranov, Boris Giltburg, Jodie Devos, Lucas Vondracek, Victor Julien Laferrière, Samuel Hasselhorn.

Entry Conditions

The competition is open to violinists of all nationalities, who are aged at least 18 and have not yet reached the age of 30 on 31 December 2018 (i.e. they must be born after 31 December 1988 and before 1 January 2001).

This competition is not open to laureates of a previous Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. No candidate may take part more than twice in the public rounds of the Competition in the same discipline.

The application fee of 100€, payable via the same online form, will not be reimbursed under any circumstances

Travel expenses

The 24 candidates selected for the semi-final round will be reimbursed 50% of their travelling expenses (a return journey to Brussels, subject to a maximum of 500€) upon presentation of documentation of their expenses. The Competition cannot reimburse the travel expenses of candidates who are residents in Belgium or who travel by car.


A Welcoming Committee will arrange free accommodation for the candidates who request it, subject to availability, with families in and around Brussels. These families cannot also provide accommodation for relatives or friends of the candidate. Subject to these conditions and bearing in mind these restrictions, a maximum number of candidates will be accommodated during the first round. Thereafter, only those candidates who are admitted to the semi-final and to the final will be able to continue to benefit from this assistance.

Pianists to accompany the violinists

Pianists designated by the organisers of the competition are at the disposal of the candidates. Candidates may, nonetheless, have a personal accompanist, in which case the Competition will pay the accompanist 150€ for taking part in the first round and 250€ for taking part in the semi-final. These sums include all recording fees. The pianists may also be accommodated by a host family as long as the candidate in question is still involved, until the end of the semi-final at the latest. The Competition will also reimburse 50% of the accompanist’s travel expenses (a return journey to Brussels, subject to a maximum of 500€) if the candidate reaches the semi-final. The Competition cannot reimburse the travel expenses of accompanists who are resident in Belgium or who travel by car.

For more information visit the website here.

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Deadline05 Dec 2018
Finals20 - 25 May 2019
WhereBrussels, Belgium
Age groupsmin 18 max 30 on 31 December of application year