Queen Elisabeth Competition postponed, puts archive performances online

The Queen Elisabeth Competition has rescheduled its 2020 edition. The move comes as COVID-19 lockdown continues across the globe.

QEC intended to host a piano edition in Brussels from 4-20 May. Now, that edition will take place in May 2021, with a cello edition in 2022, singing in 2023, violin in 2024 and then piano in 2025.

The age limit for candidates will be raised by one year for each edition up to 2025, meaning that no one misses their chance to compete because of the delay. Candidates registered for this year’s competition will keep their registration for 2021.

QEC will still provide listeners with music this month, thanks to its Queen Elisabeth @ Home Competition.

“A month of May without a Queen Elisabeth Competition is not an option,” said QEC production manager Patricia Breeus. “[This month] we will highlight the most beautiful moments of the previous piano competitions, the year 2020 being initially dedicated to this instrument.”

Organisers have also been sharing performances and messages from its laureates, which you can view here.