In 2017, the Queen Elisabeth competition is holding for the first time in its history a competition devoted to cellists. It will take place from 8 May – 3 June 2017. Applications are now open, application deadline is fixed at 11 January 2017. Candidates must be born after 31 December 1986.

The rules, as well as the online application form, are available on

In the semi-final Frank Braley will conduct the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, in the Final, Stéphane Denève will conduct the Brussels Philharmonic.

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