“Blanche Selva” 1st Prize – 12 000 €

Interpretation Prizes

The First Prize, awarded to one of the finalists, consists of 12 000€, winner’s sponsor for two years, a recording of a professional record and its distribution across the French and international market (15 000€), a concert tour and master classes in the Région Centre-Val de Loire (30 000€).

MANAGEMENT, CONCERT TOURS AND CD RECORDING
Following the Competition and for two years after the Prizes have been awarded, the Competition
organization will offer support to laureates, to help them develop their careers as professional pianists.
To help laureates develop a solid, long-term career, the Competition organization provides artistic
guidance as well as guidance for career management and image.
Over these two years, the Competition organization offers laureates diverse career development
opportunities:
● laureates are introduced to composers and other important figures in the world of contemporary
music to enhance their artistic development.
● CD recording of an original project
● national and international concert tours
● engagements for concerts, conferences and other piano events in partnership with prestigious
music institutions in France and internationally.

BLANCHE SELVA (1884-1942) PIANIST AND FRENCH COMPOSER

A talented pianist with the true genius of interpretation, extraordinary reader, she interpreted with an immense talent and an amazing clarity of execution the greatest classical, romantic and contemporary composers. Piano teacher at the Schola Cantorum, conservatories of Strasbourg, Prague and Barcelona where she founded her own school, member of the jury of the Conservatory, she revolutionized the piano teaching. Trained in all aspects of the composition, she was a talented musician, advised composers Albéniz, Séverac, Witkowski, etc. of which she creates the works, composed pieces for piano, trios, melodies and an oratorio. His interpretations were to be felt as the transmission of higher values, prefiguring Beauty and Truth, designed to elevate the listeners soul to the highest level of art. One hundred years ago, Blanche Selva performed Paris the complete keyboard works of J. S. Bach, in 17 concerts.

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