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The 2023 edition of the International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet has been postponed! The competition will consist of three rounds: an online video round and live semi-final and final rounds at the Saint Paul Church in Antwerp, Belgium.


  1. The International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet 2023 has been postponed!
  2. The competition is public and consists of a first online video round, live semi-final round, and a live final round with orchestra in Antwerp, Belgium.
  3. The application must be submitted through this website no later than February 19, 2023 and should be accompanied by:

    • 1 (or more) 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, €120-, 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 info@emmanuel-durlet.be. Please always mention "International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet 2023" and the candidate's name.

  4. Maximum 10 participants will pass to the semi-final and 4 finalists will pass to the final of the competition. After the first video round the jury may select 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.
  5. 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 45 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 until May 1, 2023.
  6. All the works are to be performed by heart, except the "Chrysanten" and "Concerto for piano and Orchestra" by Emmanuel Durlet.
  7. The order, date and time of performance of the semi-finalists will be determined on May 1, 2023. The order of appearance stays the same for final round.
  8. First Prize 'Emmanuel Durlet' for Piano winners will not be able to participate in future editions of the competition.
  9. The candidate gives the organizers of the International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet 2023 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 photos the candidate confirms that he or she possesses the intellectual rights for these photos or has received the permission to use them.

With questions, please write to: ipcedurlet@gmail.com


Online Video Round

The candidates must upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo by February 19, 2023, with the following program:


  1. J. S. Bach: One Prelude and Fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
  2. One etude by F. Chopin, F. Liszt, C. Debussy, S. Rachmaninov, A. Scriabin, S. Prokofiev, or I. Stravinsky.
  3. Emmanuel Durlet, Chrysanten

Semi-Final Round

Friday, May 12, 2023, from 10 a.m. at the St. Paul's Church, Antwerp, Belgium.

There will be a maximum of 10 semi-finalists. Duration per participant: maximum 45 minutes.


  1. L. van Beethoven: One complete Sonata without repeats, (NOT Op.49, No.1 or No. 2)
  2. An important romantic OR impressionist work of F. Chopin, R. Schumann, F. Liszt, J. Brahms, C. Franck, S. Rachmaninov, C. Debussy or M. Ravel.
  3. Emmanuel Durlet:

    - The Legend of the Witching Keep (~ 8 min)


    - Thou Art Dust (~ 8 min)
  4. If in doubt about your program choices, please feel free to email your program proposal for approval to ipcedurlet@gmail.com.

Final Round

Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 14:00 at the St. Paul's Church, Antwerp, Belgium.

There will be a maximum of 4 finalists.

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


  1. W. A. Mozart: a complete Piano Sonata
  2. Emmanuel Durlet: 1st movement from the Concerto for Piano and Orchesra Medieval Scenes:

    I. Maestoso (~ 15 min)


  1. The Jury will consist of five 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-finalist's performance. The winners will be announced an hour after the last finalist's 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 participation 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 February 19, 2023.

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 www.emmanuel-durlet.be