It’s been almost 25 years that BNP Paribas Fortis is a partner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Time passes but the objective remains the same: to overcome stereotypes and misconceptions so to open the world of classical music to all, even to the young.



Extend access to culture to the greatest number

The partnership between BNP Paribas Fortis and the Queen Elisabeth Competition is long-lasting and its wish to extend the reach of classical music to youth is still just as present. Each year, invited by BNP Paribas Fortis and in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales  and its Flemish counterpart, Jeugd en Muziek, six hundred young people attend the Queen Elisabeth Competition semi-finals and thus discover the competition’s 24 best candidates. They also benefit from entertaining explanations given by a professional musician.

Private concerts and enjoyment shared 

We also enable our customers to attend private concerts of the competition’s winners both in Belgium and abroad. On these occasions, guests are offered a unique CD - a compilation of the selected candidate’s most beautiful moments at the semi-finals and final. The Bulgarian Evgeni Bozhanov, the Russian Andrey Baranov, the Israeli Boris Giltburg or the Belgian Thomas Blondelle have thus added stage experience to their wonderful artistic career.

One of the most prestigious musical events in the world 

Created in 1937, the Queen Elisabeth Competition is one of the most qualitative and popular competitions in the world. It is open to young virtuosos of all nationalities. The annual assignment presents consecutively piano, violin and singing, and every two years, each instrumental session (piano or violin) is preceded by a composition competition. The winning composition is retained as compulsory piece for the piano or violin final.

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