Jonathan Fournel wins the 2021 Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition


By Ellie Palmer

01 June 2021

Sergei Redkin awarded 2nd Prize; Keigo Mukawa awarded 3rd Prize

French pianist Jonathan Fournel has been awarded 1st Prize at the 2021 Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition.

The 27-year-old receives receives €25,000 and numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad as part of his winning package.

Fournel was also awarded both the Musiq3 Prize and the Canvas-Klara Prize, each worth €2,500.

Fournel delighted audiences with performances of Bruno Mantovani's D'un jardin féérique and Brahms's Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op 83 (Allegro non troppo | Allegro appassionato | Andante | Allegretto grazioso). He was joined by the Belgian National Orchestra and conductor Hugh Wolff.

His winning performance can be viewed here in full.

Elsewhere, 2nd prize was awarded to 29-year-old Russian pianist Sergei Redkin, whilst 28-year-old Japanese pianist Keigo Mukawa was awarded 3rd prize. 

Fournel studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken under Robert Leonardy, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he took classes with Bruno Rigutto, Brigitte Engerer, Claire Désert, and Michel Dalberto. Since 2016, he has been an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the guidance of Louis Lortie, and was selected as a ‘révélation classique’ by the Adami in 2017.