The Queen Elisabeth Competition is holding a composition competition, which will take place in the month of December 2012. The purpose of this competition is to select the work for piano and symphonic orchestra that will be compulsory in the final of the piano competition in 2013. This competition does not include any public rounds, but the winning work will be performed at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts) by the 12 finalists in the piano competition during the week of 27 May to 1 June 2013.
The work, which can be in any form, must last about 10 minutes and be written for piano accompanied by a symphony orchestra. The work, which will be played in a competition for pianists of a very high level, should display the candidate musician's qualities as a pianist and musicality, taking into account the fact that the twelve finalists will have just eight days to learn the work and will only have limited rehearsal time with the orchestra. Only works by living composers, born after 31 October 1972, will be accepted.
31/10/2012 : deadline for sending applications
27/05/2013 : world premiere of the work with the National Orchestra of Belgium under the baton of Marin Alsop
Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize for Composition
10.000 eur [Prize presented by SABAM]
12 performances broadcast live on radio, television and internet
CD and/or DVD release
1.500 eur [Prize presented by the National Lottery]
ACCEPTANCE AND REGISTRATION
art13 Only works by living composers, born after 31 October 1972, will be accepted. The competition is open to
composers of all nationalities, who have not previously been laureates of an earlier Queen Elisabeth
art14 Candidates must send their applications by registered post, postmarked before midnight on 31 October 2012 at
the latest, to the Secretariat of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium, 20 rue aux
Laines, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium). Applications sent by fax or by e-mail will not be accepted.
art15 The application sent by registered post must include the following documents:
1. A printout of the application form, completed and signed by the candidate. The form must first have been
completed and submitted on the Queen Elisabeth Competition's website (www.qeimc.be),
2. the orchestral score,
3. the soloist's score,
4. one or more official documents (originals or certified copies) establishing the candidate's nationality and date
and place of birth,
5. a declaration signed and dated by the candidate, stating that the work has been written specially for this
competition, that it has not been published, that it has never been performed, even in part, and that the
composer undertakes not to divulge the result of the competition, should he or she be the laureate or a
finalist, until the press conference on 24 May 2013.
– Applications that do not contain all the documents requested above shall not be accepted for the
– The scores will be submitted anonymously to the jury members. Candidates must, therefore, ensure that
nothing that could make it possible to identify them appears anywhere on the scores. Otherwise, the work
will be excluded from the competition.
– A code name must be chosen when submitting the application. This code name must be marked clearly on
each document. This code name is obligatory; it must be made up of figures and letters only.
– The application number allocated to you when you apply on the website should be clearly marked on each
– Scores must, where possible, be presented on A3 paper and be laser-printed.
In addition, the following documents must be uploaded via the Competition application form, by 31 October
2012 at the latest:
1. a short biography,
2. a photograph in the format of a TIFF file (minimum 300 dpi).