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The history of the Queen Elisabeth Competition goes back over 75 years! Our archives contain thousands of photographs and documents exchanged between candidates, members of the jury, conductors, etc. and the administration of the Competition down the years; hundreds of tapes, discs, and other recordings, both audio and video; dozens of original scores composed specifically for the Competition; and programmes, posters, medals, and many other objects. All of these items make up the memory of our organisation that began its life back in 1937.
A few years ago, work began on conserving and digitising these archives, with a view to sharing this wealth of material with the general public. We invite you to explore some of this treasure trove, free of charge, in our Digital Archives. Currently, the website is a work in progress. New material from our archives is added regularly. If you would like to support this ongoing project, your donation would be very welcome!

These archive documents have been made available thanks to the support of a number of special partners, including the Baillet Latour Fund, the WFIMC, the National Lottery, the RTBF, the VRT, Cobra.be and Sonuma.
Diploma 1952
Diploma of the 1952 piano session signed by the jury members
Diploma 1959
Diploma of the 1959 violin session signed by the jury members
Diploma 1972
Diploma of the 1972 piano session signed by the jury members
Diploma 1982
Diploma of the Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize for Composition 1982, awarded to John Weeks, signed by the jury members
Diploma 1989
Diploma of the 1989 violin session, awarded to Vadim Repin, signed by the jury members
Poster laureates' concert piano 1992
Poster of the concert of the first three laureates of the 1991 piano competition (Leuven, 18/11/1992)
Poster piano 1991
Poster of the 1991 piano session (in Dutch)
Affiche concert 1992
Poster of the concert given by the first six laureates of the 1992 singing session and the National Orchestra of Belgium under the baton of Ronald Zollman, at the Conservatoire Royal of Liège, on June 2nd 1992
Poster Leuven violin 1993
Poster of the laureates' concert of 25/06/1993 in Leuven (in Dutch)
Poster 1993
Poster of the 1993 violin session (in Dutch)
Poster concert for the young public 1997
Poster of the concert that was organised for the young public, with F. Braley, J.-Cl. Vanden Eynden, R. Wade and N. Znaider, at the Conservatoire Royal of Brussels on 21/10/1997
Poster laureates' concert 1997
Poster of a laureates' concert (1st, 4th and 6th) of the 1997 violin session, at deSingel in Antwerp on 27/06/1997 (in Dutch)
Poster composition 1999
Poster of the 1999 international composition competition (in English)
Poster violin 2001
Poster of the 2001 violin competition - 50th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (in French)
Overview candidates 2003
Panel presenting the photos of the candidates of the 2003 piano session
Diploma 2009
Diploma of the 2009 composition competition signed by the jury members
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