Adult competitions


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.
This piece is commissioned by the Competition usually with the support of the ‘Region Centre Funds for creation’ and the Francis and Mica Salabert Foundation.

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.

14th International piano competition of Orléans 2020

The 14th International piano competition of Orléans has been postponed and will take place from October 25th to 31st 2020, at the “Salle de l’Institut ” and Theater of Orléans.

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 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 will be 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 Saturday, October 31st 2020, 3:00pm

Press Kit

Consult the 2020 Competition Press Kit here :

Rules & Regulations

The Rules of the competition are available here :

Rules of the 14th International piano competition of Orléans

See the new schedule of the competition here


Online registration are closed since 2 December 2019.

Call to candidacy – Composers

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. Application files to:

Registration procedure

Commissionned piece

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 will be available and viewable online from September 2019. It will be sent free of charge to all the registered candidates.


October 31st 2020 at 3:00 pm, Théâtre d’Orléans

The 3 finalists will have 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, and also perform the first movement of the Sextet for piano and woodwind instruments (1939) by Francis Poulenc with the soloists of the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans.

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