International Music Competition


July 5 - 10, 2021 from Liege, Belgium


Eugene Ysaÿe is considered one of the greatest musicians of all time. His compositions mainly dedicated to the violin reveal his great knowledge of the instrument. The connection between the melody and the harmony proves his incredible composing skills.

In memory of Eugene Ysaÿe, the organizers, Elena Lavrenov and Ashot Khachatourian, wish to create a high level competition for young musicians. Their goal is to develop culture and give a chance for musicians from all around the world to show their talent.

One way or another, directly or indirectly, we are now all impacted by COVID-19. For the organizers, the health of all participants and staff of YIMC is a priority. This is why, in accordance with the new measures and without knowing how the situation will be in July 2021, Elena Lavrenov and Ashot Khachatourian decided to organize an ONLINE competition for its 3rd edition.

More than three prizes will be awarded per category at the end of the competition.



Elena Lavrenov


Ashot Khachatourian

Artistic Director


Jury 2021 Coming soon

Jury 2019

KOCH Philippe

President of the Jury violin

Belgium  - Luxembourg 






Member of the Jury





Member of the Jury


France  – Russia 

Violin / Conductor

Member of the Jury





Member of the Jury

LEHAEN Philippe Secretary of the Jury


Pianist / Composer


Romania  - Belgium 


Member of the jury





Member of the Jury





Member of the Jury

Violin Prizes

Category A

1st : 300€

2nd : 200€

3rd : 100€

Category B

1st : 1000€

2nd : 500€

3rd : 300€

Category C

1st : 3000€

2nd : 1000€

3rd : 500€

Chamber music prizes

1st Prize:


2nd Prize:


3rd Prize:


                                                                    Special prize 

  • « Best Ysaye Sonata » : Recording of one of the 6 Violin Sonatas and free choice program in a professional recording studio AZUR Classical in Belgium of an amount of 4000 €.


Phone:   +32479686899


Do not hesitate to contact us


 Deadline: April 25th, 2021

All participants must send by mail (ysayecompetition@gmail.com) :

- a copy of their valid Id/Passport

- the proof of payment of the registration fees

- an artistic picture 

- a short biography (max 500 characters).

Name:  La Vraie Note

Bank Account:  BE12 0682 2771 4092


Belfius Bank: Place Rogier, 11 - 1210 Brussels, Belgium

Communication for violin:  YIMC 2021 + Violin (A, B or C) + Participant’s name & last name

Communication for chamber music: YIMC 2021 + Chamber Music + name of group

  1. Violin - Category A: 90 €

  2. Violin - Category B: 100€

  3. Violin - Category C: 110 €

  4. Chamber Music: 70 € x (times) the number of participants (one single payment for each group)

No refund will be made in case of  withdrawal or if the participants are not selected for the semi-finals and finals.

To register, please fill in the online form below.


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Chamber Music

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Monday July 5th, 2021

12:00 - 13:30 Final category A

15:00 - 16:30 Final category A

18:30 - 20:00 Semi-final category B


Tuesday July 6th, 2021

9:30 - 12:30 Semi-final category B 

14:30 - Announcement finalists category B

15:00 - 20:00 Semi-final category C 

Wednesday July 7th, 2021

9:30 - 15:00 Semi-final category C 

16:00 - Announcement finalists category C

16:30 - 20:00 Semi-final chamber music

Thursday July 8th, 2021

9:30 - 11:00 Semi-final chamber music

12:00 - Announcement finalists chamber music

12:30 - 18:00 Final category B

19:00 - 21:00 Final category C

Friday July 9th, 2021 

9:30- 11:30 Final category C 

14:00 - 17:30 Final chamber music 


20:00 Announcement Winners all categories

These schedules might get some slight changes, depending on the candidates.

Ces horaires sont susceptibles de légères modifications en fonction des candidats.

Présentation du concours

Le concours international de musique classique (violon et musique de chambre) YSAYE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION ONLINE en est à sa 3ème édition et se déroulera du 5 au 10 juillet 2021 ONLINE. Les membres du jury uniquement seront présents à la Salle Académique de l'Université de Liège. Le concours sera diffusé en direct sur les pages Facebook YIMC et sur la chaîne YouTube du concours.


Vu le succès incroyable que ce concours a connu dans le monde de la musique classique et en particulier chez les jeunes du monde entier (38 nationalités, 209 participants,...) en 2019, la décision évidente de réitérer ce concours a été prise. De Liège évidemment puisque c’est là que se trouve le berceau du célèbre violoniste Eugène Ysaye. 


Elena Lavrenov et Ashot Khachatourian, à travers l’asbl LA Vraie Note, souhaitent par le biais de cet événement promouvoir les savoir-faire belges et liégeois à une échelle mondiale.

Conformément aux nouvelles mesures et sans savoir comment sera la situation liée au COVID-19 en juillet 2021, les organisateurs ont décidé d'organiser un concours EN LIGNE pour sa 3e édition.


Plus de trois prix seront décernés par catégorie à l'issue du concours.

Suivez le concours YIMC 2021 sur la Chaîne YouTube ou sur la Page Facebook !

Winners 2019

Violin Cat A

1st prize  Varvara Vasylieva  -  Ukraine

City of Liege & Loft 130

2nd prize  Matvey Blumin -  Russia

Prize LVN & City of Vise

3rd prize  Lir Vaginsky -  Germany

Prize Echevinat de la culture of the city of Vise

Violin Cat B

1st prize  Galiya Zharova  -  Kazakhstan

Prize LVN & French Bow

2nd prize  Hiromi Fukuda -  Japon

Prize of Federation Wallonie - Bruxelles

3rd prize  prize not awarded 

 Chamber Music

1st prize  prize not awarded 

2nd prize ex-aequo As One - Belgium Quatuor Aeolina - France

Prize of Federation Wallonie - Bruxelles

Prize of the Province of Liege

Prize of the City of Vise

3rd prize  Trio Wuhan - China

Prize of the Province of Liege

Winners 2018

Violin Cat A

1st prize  Marcel Sutedja  -   Indonesia

Shop Allegro Prize

2nd prize  Alberto Friman -  Finland

Azzato - Fine Music Instruments Prize

3rd prize  Zhuochen Zou -  China

Pirastro - Musiksaiten - Seit 1798 Prize

Violin Cat B

Violin Cat C

1st  prize  Weng Qingzhu  -  China

Ville de Liège Prize


2nd  prize Li Yui Ching Enoch  - Hongkong

Province de Liège Prize


3rd  prize  Miquel Muniz Galdon - Spain

Province de Liège Prize

1st prize  Johanna Pilchmair  -  Austria 

Michael Guttman Prize

2nd prize  Anna Agafia Egholm  -  Denmark

Ville de Visé Prize

3rd prize  ex-aequo  Roman Kholmatov - Ukraine

                                   Rong Xingzhou    - China

LOFT 130 Prize

Chamber  Music Cat A

1st prize  not awarded

2nd prize not awarded 

3rd prize Violin Quartett   - China

LVN Prize

Chamber  Music Cat B

1st prize  Auner Quartett       - Austria 

LVN Prize

2nd prize  Duo Ebano           - Italy

Michael Guttman Prize

3rd prize  Apolio Quintett     - Switzerland

LVN Prize