The International piano competition of Orléans always looks far into the distance, to the music of the future, whilst also exploring the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
With this spirit in mind and in celebration of its 15th edition, the competition will celebrate in 2022 French music and creation with two important events: the Proust centenary and the 70th birthday of Philippe Manoury, the great composer and pioneer in the field of electronic music from whom the competition will commission a new work.
Another of the composer’s works will also be featured during the Final round, his “Passacaille pour Tokyo” performed by the Ensemble intercontemporain and the three finalists. We will also journey through the early 20th century with a choice of works for the finalists composed between 1915 and 1930: an opportunity to embark upon a real journey back in time with this repertoire created exactly 100 years ago.
In 2022, the Competition of Orléans pays tribute to the great Marcel Proust, whose passing exactly 100 years ago is commemorated both in France and throughout the world. In Search of Lost Time covers a musical universe dear to the Competition and an interesting relationship to sound for a performer to explore.
The great English cellist Steven Isserlis, very close to this repertoire and to the subject of Proust, has done us the honour of imagining a list of works that transport us to an imaginary Proustian salon that traverses the 20th and 21st centuries, much like the Competition of Orléans!
Looking forward, exploring the world around you and, above all else, knowing how to open your mind: this is the Competition’s motto, which awaits you with wonderful surprises and revelations!
Isabella Vasilotta, Artistic director
December 2nd 2021: Application deadline
December 16th 2021: Notification of candidates selected for the Competition
January 10th 2022: Deadline for programme modification
April 1st 2022 (7.00pm): Draw & meeting with the Competition team
April 2nd & 3rd 2022: Rehearsals of the candidates
April 4th & 5th 2022: First round
April 6th 2022: Rehearsals of the Semi-finalists
April 7th 2022: Semi-Final Recital
April 8th & 9th 2022: Rehearsals of the Finalists
April 10th 2022 (3.00pm): Final round
April 11th 2022 (8.30pm): Concert of the finalists at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Find here the Prize list of the Competition:
The Competition brings to the knowledge of the public and the professional world of classical and contemporary music, talented pianists from all over the world who will be evaluated by our jury on the interpretation and the power of transmission of the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Jury members of the Competition:
Philippe Manoury – Président
For each edition of the Competition, a new piano piece is commissioned to an internationally renowned composer.
For the 2022 Semi-final recital, a work composed of 2 mandatory pieces has been commissioned by the Competition to Philippe Manoury (Editions Durand- Universal Music Publishing Classical).
The scores are viewable online. The paper scores will be sent free of charge to all the registered candidates of the Competition, in the coming weeks.