According to Wikipedia, The Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, a founding member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (1957) has been, since its foundation, considered to be one of the most prestigious and most difficult competitions in existence. It is devoted to violin (since 1951), piano (since 1952), to composition (since 1953) and to singing (since 1988). Held in Brussels, the Competition is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium.
I had the opportunity to watch some sessions from the finals and even though those were dominated by Korean pianists I have just learned that the winner is a Russian pianist, Denis Kozhukhin. He played Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in E flat major Hob. XVI : 49, Jeon Minje’s “Target” and Sergey Prokofiev’s Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16.
As is the case every year, a CD box set with the highlights of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2010 will be made available (as from 5 June). You can visit http://www.cd-elisabeth.be to learn the details.
If you missed the semi-finals and finals you can still watch all of the fantastic performances by those world-class pianists online at http://video.cmireb.be/vod