II Queen Elisabeth Music Competition

The second edition of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, then known as Eugène Ysaÿe Competition, took place in Brussels from May 15 - May 31, 1938, and was the inaugural edition of its piano competition. It was won by Emil Gilels, whose sister Elizabeth had been awarded the 6th prize the previous year.

Jean Absil composed his Piano Concerto op.30 for the competition.

A third edition devoted to orchestral conducting was scheduled for the following year, but due to the outbreak of World War II the competition's third edition didn't take place until 1951. Eventually, no conducting competition has taken place to date.


1st Prize   Emil Gilels
2nd Prize   Mary Johnstone (Moura Lympany)
3rd Prize   Jakov Flier
4th Prize   Lance Dossor
5th Prize   Nivea Marino-Bellini
6th Prize   Robert Riefling
7th Prize   Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
8th Prize   André Dumortier
9th Prize   Rose Schmidt
10th Prize   Monique Yver de la Bruchollerie
11th Prize   Marcella Barzetti
12th prize   Colette Gaveau

Other competitorsEdit



  • [1] Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
  • [2] Thierry Bouckaert, Le rêve d'Élisabeth. Pages 33–37