4th International piano competition of Orléans 2000

Lauréats 2000 © DR

The 4th International piano competition of Orléans took place from February 21st to February 29th in 2000 and has consecrated Saori Mizumura, Andrea Corazziari and Alexandre Pirojenko as the 3 finalists of this year.

In 1999, the competition began with a prefiguration concert at the Espace Fleuret of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with 1998 laureates. Among the works proposed: Cage, Ravel, Ohana. For the first time in the competition history, a commissioned piece appeared in the program: in 2000, Eric Tanguy created one played by the finalists with the support of the Banquet Orchestra conducted by Olivier Dejours.


From February 21st to February 29th 2000.

Rules & Regulations:

All information regarding the organisation of the rounds and contest procedures are available in the Contest Program and Rules.

Members of the Jury:

  • Jean-Marc Cochereau – Orchestra conductor, France – President of the Jury
  • Nicolas Bacri – Composer, France
  • Jean-Jacques Balet – Pianist, Switzerland
  • Mieko Harimoto – Pianist, Japan
  • Frank Madlener – Artistic director, Belgium
  • Dominique Merlet – Pianist, France
  • Avi Schönfeld – Pianist and composer, Netherlands / Israel

Prize List 2000:

You can find the Prize List and laureates 2000 HERE

Commissioned piece:

Title: Passacaille

Composer: Eric Tanguy

First official commissioned piece. Eric Tanguy composed Passacaille to reply to a competition request on which he heaps praise on it: “This action is admirable, it’s an extraordinary open-mindedness“. Concerning Passacaille a piece imagined on obstinated motif he wanted to compose for a long time after created etudes, sonatas, preludes, concertos and fantasies:

“It is the first time that one of my pieces is created for a competition and i’m going to listen to the candidates. I suppose this work must be a little frightening for them because there aren’t references, no recordings but an unknown land for everyone. I wanted to create a good work and emotion will certainly be present. The piece is hard, I compose neither a tonal music nor an atonal music but a consonant one. Either we love the esthetics, score architecture or not. It’s a dynamic generator work and will highlight interpreters“.

Eric Tanguy – composer

The Composer: Eric Tanguy

Eric Tanguy studied composition with Horatiu Radulescu. Then, he continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris with Ivo Malec and Gérard Grisey, and got a first composition prize in 1991. During his stay in Rome in 1993 – 1994 as a pensionnaire of the French Academy, he is noticed by Henri Dutilleux and invited at the Tanglewood Music Centre. Rewarded by many contemporary music composition institutions, Eric Tanguy continued residences with different orchestras and had important commissions in France and abroad: his catalogue include today various pieces (from solos and chamber music to concertos vocal pieces and symphonic pieces) performed by leading figures of our time (Mstislav Rostropovitch, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Järvi…).

Eric Tanguy cooperates regularly with writers and plastic artists as Gérard Fromanger, Yan Pei-Ming and Michel Onfray.

Source: France Musique

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