The Winners of the 1st International Violin Competition Emmanuel Durlet:


  1. The 1st International Violin Competition Emmanuel Durlet is open to participants of all nationalities.
  2. The candidates must be at least 16 years old and should not have reached the age of 28 years by the 10th of April 2021.
  3. The competition is public and consists of a first online video round, live semi-final round with piano, and a live finals round with orchestra in Antwerp, Belgium.
  4. Applications, application fee, and video submissions are due on April 10, 2021. The candidates who may advance to the semi-finals will be announced at the end of the online-streaming on April 24, 2021.
  5. The application must be submitted through this website and should be accompanied by:

    • 3 (or 4) links to the videos of the first round uploaded to YouTube or to Vimeo
    • a scan of the identity card or passport of the candidate (jpeg/pdf)
    • a scan of the identity card or passport of a parent or guardian if the candidate is younger than 18 years old (jpeg/pdf)
    • a photo, at least 300 dpi, minimum 9 x 13 cm (jpeg)
    • the program choices for the 3 rounds submitted online

    The inscription is definitive only after the payment of the application fee. The applicatoin fee, 98 Euros, can be paid by bank transfer to the ING Bank account number BE35 3200 4363 7037 (BIC/Swift BBRUBEBB) payable to the 'Emmanuel Durlet-Fonds v.z.w.' B-2020 Antwerpen or via Paypal to Please always mention "International Violin Competition Emmanuel Durlet 2021" and the candidate's name.

  6. Maximum 10 participants will pass to the semi-finals and 5 finalists will pass to the finals of the competition. After the first video round the jury will select at least 4 candidates as runners-up in case some of the candidates are not able to attend the live semi-final or final round of the competition. If necessary, there may be an additional date allocated for the first online-streaming round in late May, 2021. In that case, candidates who did not pass may reapply.
  7. The candidates may choose the order in which they will perform the works. The program for the semi-final round may not be longer than 40 minutes. If the program lasts longer than indicated in the rules, the chairman of the jury may interrupt the candidate. The program of the semi-final and the final rounds may be modified by the candidates until September 15, 2021.
  8. All the works are to be performed by heart, except the Canzonetta and the Sonata for Violin and Piano "Illuminated Tales" by Emmanuel Durlet.
  9. The order, date and time of performance of the semi-finalists will be determined on the September 15, 2021. The order of appearance stays the same for final round.
  10. First Prize 'Emmanuel Durlet' for Violin winners will not be able to participate in future editions of the competition.
  11. The candidate gives the organizers of the 'International Violin Competition Emmanuel Durlet' the right to use the pictures and videos which were sent by the candidate within the framework of the competition. The candidates will not receive any idemnity or claim conditions. By sending the photo's the candidate confirms that he or she possesses the intellectual rights for these photo's or has received the permission to use them.
  12. The semi-finalists will be accompanied by a pianist appointed by the Durlet Foundation.

With questions, please write to:


Online Video Round

The candidates must upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo by April 10, 2021, with the following program:


  1. J. S. Bach, Sonata nr. 1 in G minor BWV 1001; 'Adagio' & 'Fuga' OR Sonata nr. 2 in A minor BWV 1003; 'Grave' & 'Fuga'
  2. N. Paganini, One of 24 Caprices from op. 1
  3. Emmanuel Durlet, 'Canzonetta' for Violin and Piano (3 minutes; should be recorded with piano accompaniment)

    A pdf of the sheet music of E. Durlet: 'Canzonetta' can be downloaded here: PDF (6.5 mb)

    N.B.: The same Paganini Caprice may be performed during the semi-finals.

Semi-Final Round

Friday, November 26 at 11:00. St. Paul's Church, Antwerp, Belgium.

The semi-finalists will be accompanied by Kiyotaka Izumi and Polina Chernova on a beautiful restored Bluthner grand piano which belonged to Emmanuel Durlet.

There will be a maximum of 10 semi-finalists. Duration: maximum 40 minutes.


  1. Emmanuel Durlet, 2 movements from Sonata for Violin and Piano 'Illuminated Tales':

    I.  Andante religioso

    II. Appassionata

  2. Emmanuel Durlet, one of 3 Sonatas after Kennis:

    Sonata No. 6 in F Major

    OR Sonata No. 7 in D Major

    OR Sonata No.10 in A Major

  3. N. Paganini, One of the 24 Caprices from op. 1

  4. An important one-movement composition, such as Poème by Chausson, Sonata No. 3 or No. 6 by Ysaÿe, or Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns
  5. A pdf of the sheet music of E. Durlet will be emailed to the semi-finalists and runners-up.

    If in doubt about your program choices, please feel free to email your program proposal for approval.

Final Round

Sunday, November 28 at 14:00. St. Paul's Church, Antwerp, Belgium.

There will be a maximum of 5 finalists.

The finalists will be accompanied by the Orfeo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Rik Ghesquière.


  1. W. A. Mozart, 1st movement from Concerto No. 4, K. 218 OR from Concerto No. 5, K. 219 for Violin and Orchestra.

  2. Emmanuel Durlet, 1st movement from Concerto for Violin and Orchesra "The Chapel of Mary-Magdalena Extra Muros;"

    I. Moderato

  3. The music of the Concerto by Emmanuel Durlet will be emailed to all semi-finalists and runners-up.


  1. The Jury will consist of eight international performing artists and conservatory faculty.
  2. In case of a tie, the voice of the chairman of the jury is decisive. There is no possibility for appeal.
  3. The deliberation of the Jury is confidential. However, the jury can show their appreciation of the candidates.
  4. The semi-finalists will be announced at the end of the online-streaming round. The finalists will be announced an hour after the last semi-final performance. The winners will be announced and hour after the last final performance.
  5. A jury member will not be able to vote for a current or a former student.


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All the Prizewinners receive a diploma mentioning the Prize they received.

To the laureates of the semi-finals, who did not receive a Prize, a diploma will be awarded.

Winners will be featured in future performances organized by the Durlet Foundation.


Please fill out the application form below and submit it along with the accompanying documents (see Rules, article 5) and video links no later than April 10, 2021.

Online Video Round Program Options:

Semi-Final Round Program Options:

Final Round Program Options:

Please select form of payment:

Applications are now closed. All candidates will receive further details by email.

Emmanuel Durlet

Antwerp, Belgium 1893-1977

"The most beautiful music is the rustling of leaves rocked by the breeze" – Emmanuel Durlet

Born in 1893 into an important family of architects, Emmanuel Durlet was a piano virtuoso and professor of piano for more than 40 years. His contemporaries called him "the Poet of the Piano". His compositional oeuvre comprises fifty works for Piano, eighty short pieces for young performers, a concerto for piano and orchestra, a concerto for violin and orchestra, a sonata for violin and piano, a number of " Lieder" and various pieces for piano and other instruments. To help his students become acquainted with the 18th century Flemish works for harpsichord, he rearranged about 300 of them for piano. Another significant work was his reworking of 9 Sonatas by Kennis for Violin and Piano.

For more about Emmanuel Durlet and for a list of published and recorded works please see