Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes

EPTA-Belgium W-B Competition

The EPTA-Belgium W-B competition – Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes – is an international piano competition open to young pianists of all nationalities. 

Because of the coronavirus epidemic, EPTA-Belgium W-B and the municipality of Grez-Doiceau have decided to postpone the 15th edition of the “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, that was scheduled to take place from 3 to 8 March 2020. 

This edition will take place from 2 to 7 March 2021. The age limit is extended to 25 years. If they wish, participants registered for the 2020 competition will be allowed to participate in the same age category.

If necessary, the competition will be organized in compliance with the applicable COVID sanitary instructions.

Alink-Argerich Foundation
The prizewinners of the 2018 edition.

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 XXIst 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.

On social media

You can find us on Facebook , as well as see many pictures on Flickr and videos of past competitions on Youtube .