Adult competitions

Presentation :

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 final round of the competition. This piece is commissioned by O.C.I. 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 Intenational 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 will take place from April 16th to April 26th 2020, at the “Salle de l’Institut ” and Theater of Orléans.

The competition will be open to pianists of all nationalities, born from January 1st, 1984.

It is made up of fours 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:

Peter Paul Kainrath, Artistic Director (Italia), Jury president
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)


Dates :

From Thursday, April 16th to Sunday, April 26th 2020.

Rules & Regulations :

The Rules of the competition are available here

Registration :

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.

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