Junior competitions

Presentation :

The International piano competition for youth “Brin d’herbe” encourages young pianists to explore contemporary and modern music from an early age
The Competition “Brin d’herbe” is organised every two years, alternating with the International piano competition of Orléans. Created in 2004, the contest, unique event in the field of music composition, welcomes 25 candidates and gathers a jury formed of personalities from all around the world, fully qualified in teaching the contemporary repertoire.
Promoting and disseminating the contemporary repertoire to these young people and to a borader audience is an objective that adds to the idea of building a new pedagogy around this repertoire. The work commissioned to a composer, every two year, demonstrates our strong desire to build a pedagogical repertoire for the contemporary piano, while following the pioneer idea of the “Games” Játékok, developed by the major Hungarian composer György Kurtág.

8th International piano competition of Orléans for youth “Brin d’herbe” 2019 :

The 8th edition of the International competition of Orléans for youth “Brin d’herbe” was heald at the “Salle de l’Institut”, from April 11th to April 14th 2019.
The competition brought together 24 young pianists around the repertoire from 1900 to the present day. A solo piano work entitled ‘Paysages intérieurs’, commissioned to the English composer Christian Mason, was premiered. The Jury, chaired by Andrew Zolinski, awarded 18 prizes to 17 candidates on all three levels of competition.
As part of our project “Connected Contest”, we propose you to relive this event in the form of mini-documentaries available on our YouTube channel, and to rewatch the recitals of our young candidates.


Dates :

From Thursday, April 11th to Sunday, April 14th, 2019.

Rules & Regulations :

All information regarding the organisation of the rounds and competition procedures are available in the Competition Program and Rules.

Members of the Jury :

  • Andrew Zolinski – Pianist, England – President of the Jury
  • Michel Runtz – Composer and pianist, France/Switzerland
  • Maria Isabella De Carli – Pianist, Italy
  • Ralph van Raat – Pianist and musicologist, Netherlands
  • Dominique Boutel – Artistic director, France.

    Prize List 2019 :

You can find the Prize List and laureates 2019 here

Commissioned piece :

Title : Inner Landscapes / Paysages Intérieurs (for piano)
Composer : Christian Mason

I. The sun, the sea (1st level), 4 min.
II. The earth: her dance (3rd level), 7 min.
III. Clouds, winds, skies (2nd level), 6 min.

These three piano pieces, composed for the Concours Brin d’herbe 2019, may be performed separately or as a collection, in which case they should be played in the given order. Though each piece is aimed at a different technical level (I. Elementary, II. Advanced, III. Intermediate), they have a common artistic aim: to connect musical expression with poetic inspiration. In particular, these pieces meditate on the emotional connection between our interior life and the vast and varied landscapes of the natural world all around us.intérieure et les paysages vastes et variés de la nature qui nous entoure.

Note of intent from Christian Mason
Commission of “Orléans Concours International” for the 8th  International piano competition of Orléans for youth « Brin d’herbe »

To see partially the score of the mandatory piece by Christian Mason, “Inner Lanscapes”, click here !

Media library 



This event was  presented as part of “Bien Entendu ! Un mois pour la création musicale” – a manifestation of Futurs Composés, national network for musical creation.

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