Unpublished imposed works for the Cello competition

At each instrumental session, the Queen Elisabeth Competition calls on two composers for the creation of the unpublished compulsory works. This year, Daan Janssens has written the semi-final work for cello and piano, and Jörg Widmann the work for cello and orchestra to be performed in the final.

The candidates receive the semi-final work upon the acceptance of their application. As for the finalists, they only receive the score one week before the date of their performance at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts. During that week, they are secluded in the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, to prepare for the final.

Semi-final : Daan Janssens
His work Wie aus der Ferne will be performed by the 24 semi-finalists during their recital, from 16 to 21 May at Studio 4 of Flagey. World première on Monday 16 May at 3pm.

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Final : Jörg Widmann
The twelve finalists will perform his composition from 30 May to 4 June at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts. They will be accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Stéphane Denève. We will announce the name of the work at the world première, on Monday 30 May 8pm.

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The performances will be broadcast on Belgian radio and television (RTBF & VRT) and will be streamed live on our website. Both works will be released on CD.

The commissions of the imposed works were made possible thanks to the support of the Baillet-Latour Fund and Sabam.

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