Date: April 29 to May 25, 2019
In memory of Eugène Ysaÿe, the celebrated Belgian violin virtuoso and composer, the competition was first set up in 1937 by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious and demanding music competitions in the world. Participants are expected to perform works by a Belgian composer and a compulsory piece written especially for the contest. It features four disciplines – the violin (since 1937), the piano (since 1938),voice (since 1988), and the cello (from 2017 onwards). Previous winners include Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Oistrakh and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, just to name a few.
- China International Music Competition First launched in 2019 by the Global Music Education League and China Conservatory of Music, the annual competition focuses on different disciplines each year.
- Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition Presented and organized by Musica Viva, the competition is the first major vocal event in Hong Kong.
- International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments In celebration of the anniversary of Poland’s independence, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute launched the first international competition in 2018.
- The Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition First established in 2013, the competition aims to promote highly gifted young musicians.