Welcome to our FAQ page

Below you will find the answers to the questions that are frequently asked by the public, as well as frequent questions by candidates. If you do not find the answer to your question, please contact us : our contacts.

Questions regarding the public

Are all rounds of the Competition open to the public?
With the exception of the preselection process, all rounds of the Queen Elisabeth Competition are open to the public. To find out more about the rounds of the Competition, see the page on Competition proceedings.

What kinds of music can I expect to hear during the Competition?
The repertoire the candidates have to prepare is very wide-ranging and can vary according to the discipline. To find out more about the repertoire for a particular competition, see the Competitions menu.

Can the candidates choose their own programmes?
Each candidate chooses a programme in accordance with the requirements of the Artistic Committee. For some parts of the programme, the choice is completely free; others are compulsory or must meet certain criteria.

When are candidates allowed to use a score?
Usually, candidates must perform their programmes from memory. The new, compulsory works, however, as well as certain contemporary works, can be performed using a score. Traditionally, it is also normal to perform certain works with a score - in chamber music or oratorio, for example.

Questions regarding the candidates

When is the deadline for the submission of applications?
The deadline for applications is usually 12 noon GMT on the last Wednesday of November.

Do I need to send letters of recommendation?
There is no need to send letters of recommendation supporting your candidature.

How do I apply?
To apply, you must fill in the application form on our website, which is available from the month of November.

I am a laureate of another competition. Must I go through the preselection process?
Yes: being a laureate of another competition does not give you direct access to the first round. All candidates who wish to take part in the Competition must submit videos for the preselection process.

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