Organized for the first time to celebrate EPTA Belgium W-B 10 years of existence, this competition, which aims at getting young pianists from all countries to meet each other, takes place every two years since 2000. Almost a thousand young piano players have competed. They come from the world over, sometimes from far away countries such as Australia, China, Azerbaidjan, Brazil, Venezuela, ...
The competition is open to all, without distinction of nationality, and has four age categories.
The “Rencontres Internationales pour Jeunes Pianistes” aim at getting young people from all horizons and qualifications to meet each other through musical performance, but also getting them to meet international teachers and jury members, during the free master classes that are given during the competition.
Concerts are organized after the competition, to allow these young players to perform in front of an audience which is necessary to acquire stage experience and to better know and master themselves. These concerts are for all laureates, not only pre-professional pianists, since musical practice is known to be a learning experience of high quality.
The "R.I.J.P." also promote musical works of our composers, since a work by a Belgian composer of the XXth or XXst century, written for the piano, is mandatory for the 18-24 years category. Contact EPTA-Belgium W-B if you need help finding a score.