Offered by the Corporate Foundation BEG Ingénierie
Blanche Selva’s name has graced the First Prize ever since the contest began. She was a pianist, teacher and composer, who devoted equal energy to playing new works and reviving those long forgotten. The First Prize, awarded to one of the finalists, consists of 12 000 €, a recording of a professional record in partnership with the label B RECORDS and its distribution accross the French and international market and a concert tour and master classes in the Région Centre-Val de Loire.
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
● 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.
Based in Orleans for more than 4 decades, BEG Ingénierie conceives and constructs large buildings in France and abroad in all sectors of activity. This regional attachment associated with an international influence naturally led us to support the OrléansPiano Competition, a place of expression for young artists from around the world, composers and performers. To conceive a work, to realise an interpretation of this work, the ethos behind this beautiful competition is particularly close to our heart: to imagine, to confront others, to experience the challenge, to convince others of the relevance of ones choices, this is also our daily life at BEG Engineering.
We are proud to associate our name with this 1st Prize and thus support the launching of an artistic career by participating in the cultural promotion of Orléans.