The International piano competition of Orléans remains the only piano competition in the world to focus on the contemporary repertoire. The repertoire from 1900 to nowadays allows a wide and free choice of works with a compulsory piece commissioned to a composer every two years, and performed for the first time, during the semi-final recital of the competition.
The confidence and the generosity of many organizations including the ‘Fondation de France’ and the ‘Académie des beaux-arts’ grant many prizes, which help to revive great deceased composers through their work.
The ‘Fondation André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud’ also grants a composition prize during the first round and, by this mean, the competition achieve this ambitious goal of favoring the current composition while bringing to life the great composers of the twentieth century, our classics today.
Due to the uniqueness, the International piano competition of Orléans has developed a solid international reputation and is an affiliated member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), Alink-Argerich Foundation, and Futurs Composés.
Excellence and requirement are two qualifiers used by the international press to describe this event.
The 14th International piano competition of Orléans has been postponed from October 28th to 31st 2020, at the “Salle de l’Institut ” and Theater of Orléans.
14th Competition presentation video introduced by Isabella Vasilotta, artistic director of the competition (video from February 2020):
The 14th competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, born from January 1st, 1984.
For this edition it is made up of three rounds: one online round and two rounds in Orléans, open to the public.
As each edition, a mandatory piano piece is commissioned to a worldwide renowned composer in order to enrich the contemporary repertoire. For this edition, the competition commissioned a piano piece to the French composer Pascal Dusapin: Piano Works, pièce n°3, Black Letters.
For the 14th Edition, the Jury was composed of 7 personalities:
Jury president, Reinhold Friedl (Germany)
Noriko Baba, Composer (Japan)
Bruce Brubaker, Pianist (United-State)
Mikhail Dubov, Pianist (Russia)
Mei Yi Foo, Pianist (Malaysia/Britain)
Nicolas Hodges, Pianist (Britain)
Vanessa Wagner, Pianist (France)
First round online / Announcement of the results on September 16th 2020
Semi-final recital on Wednesday, October 28th 2020
Final round, on Thursday, October 29th 2020, at 8pm, Théâtre d’Orléans (Final round organised without audience, following the last governement announcements / Live streaming on YouTube and Facebook)
14th International piano competition of Orléans 2020 Leaflet
Rules & Regulations
See the schedule of the competition HERE
Title : Piano Works : n°3 – “Black Letters”
Composer : Pascal Dusapin
For the 2020 edition, a piece has been co-commissioned by the Competition and the Musée du Louvre to Pascal Dusapin (Editions Salabert – Universal Music Publishing Classical) as part of the Soulages exhibition at the Musée du Louvre.
The score has been sent free of charge to all the registered candidates.
October 29th 2020 at 8pm, Théâtre d’Orléans
The 3 finalists had the opportunity to play Chamber piano concerto – for piano(s) and ensemble (2018) by the polish composer Agata Zubel with the Ensemble intercontemporain conducted by Simon Proust.
Following the French government announcements, the Competition final took place on October 29th, 2020, at 8pm instead of October 31st, 2020.
Online registration are closed since 2 December 2019.
The applications for the Composition Prize Chevillion – Bonnaud 2020, offered by the Fondation André Chevillion – Yvonne Bonnaud, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, are closed since December 2nd, 2019.