Under the patronage of H.M. Queen Fabiola

Seventy-five years ago Emil Gilels won over both the jury and all music-lovers as the first of many outstanding first laureates in the history of the Queen Elisabeth piano competition, to be followed by Leon Fleisher, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Brigitte Engerer, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Frank Braley, and Denis Kozhukhin, to name just a few.
The next competition for pianists, which will take place in Flagey’s Studio 4 and at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts), will offer another opportunity to discover promising new musicians.
The number of applications received for each of the Competition’s disciplines continues to rise steadily. The task faced by the international jury as it meets in Brussels to screen the DVDs submitted from all over the world is, accordingly, a particularly delicate and arduous one - all the more so as we want to allow each musician an opportunity to shine in his or her repertoire, without prolonging the early rounds unduly.
As has been the case for some years now, the 24 semi-finalists will each perform a recital that they have put together themselves, as well as a Mozart concerto with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Michael Hofstetter, while the US conductor Marin Alsop and the National Orchestra of Belgium will accompany the twelve finalists.
For this year’s competition the compulsory work for the semi-final has been commissioned from Frederic Rzewski. The International Composition Competition, whose jury met in Brussels last autumn, has decided on the new, unpublished work to be performed in the final, with orchestra. Its composer will only be announced on the eve of final of the piano competition.
Starting in June, the pleasure offered by the Competition will be extended by the numerous concerts at which laureates will perform in Belgium and abroad, as well as by the release of a 3-CD box set.
From the first rounds, the public radio and television services of our country will ensure, in part via the Internet (thanks to the assistance of Belgacom), the wide availability to the public of these opportunities to discover the piano repertoire and the most promising young musicians of their generation.

Jean-Pierre de Launoit,

more info: www.qeimc.be


Full subscription by phone +32 (0)2 507 82 00
- first round (06 > 11.05.2013) 15:00 & 20:00 concerts in FLAGEY
- semi-final (13 > 18.05.2013) 15:00 & 20:00 concerts in FLAGEY
- 6 final evenings (27.05 > 01.06.2013)
- laureates’ concert (13.06.2013)
- closing concert (17.06.2013)
cat IV - 240 €
cat III - 390€
cat II - 540 €
cat I - 670 €

Subscription for the earlier rounds : first round (06 > 11.05.2013) and semi-final (13 > 18.05.2013)
Price: 150 €

Subscription for the final evenings and the concert => TICKETS
- 6 final evenings (27.05 > 01.06.2013)
- laureates’ concert (13.06.2013)
- closing concert (17.06.2013)
cat IV - 105 €
cat III - 255 €
cat II - 410 €
cat I - 530 €

Subscription for the final evenings => TICKETS
- 6 final evenings (27.05 > 01.06.2013)
cat IV - 85 €
cat III - 200 €
cat II - 325 €
cat I - 420 €


Reservations @ Flagey
Tickets for the first round and the semi-final (booking opens Tuesday 12.03.2013)
Subscriptions ‘first round and semi-final’ (opens Tuesday 12.02.2013)
(Max. 4 tickets/session or 4 subscriptions per booking)

Special conditions for those under 26 years of age
Subject to availability, access to Flagey is free of charge for those under 26 years of age. Tickets are only available at the venue, before each session.

Reservations @ BOZAR
Tickets for the final (booking opens Tuesday 12.03.2013) and concerts (opens Tuesday 12.02.2013)
Full subscriptions and subscriptions for the final & concerts (opens Tuesday 12.02.2013), subscriptions for the final (opens Tuesday 19.02.2013)
(Max. 4 tickets/session or 4 subscriptions per booking)

Special conditions for those under 26 years of age
At the Centre for Fine Arts last-minute tickets are available for the finals and the concerts, from 19.40, for € 10.