International piano competition of Orléans for youth “Brin d’herbe” – 2023


The International piano competition of Orléans 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 creation, welcomes young 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 the 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.

10th Competition: April 20th – 23rd, 2023
Find here the programme

Dates of the Competition
From April 20th to 23rd, 2023.
Salle de l’Institut, Orléans

April 20th, 21st, 22nd (from 2.00pm):
– Round of the Competition.
The young candidates from the 3 levels will play their programme in front of the Jury.

April 23rd
– 3.00pm: Concert of the laureates followed by the Award ceremony.

The Competition is open to the public.
Tickets onsite during the Competition / Tickets online on HelloAsso 
Salle de l’Institut 4 Place Sainte-Croix 45000 Orléans – France


The 10th edition of the International competition of Orléans for youth “Brin d’herbe” will take place at the “Salle de l’Institut”, in April 2023.

The competition will bring together international young pianists around the repertoire from 1900 to the present day. A piano work, commissioned to the French composer Gérard Pesson, will be premiered.
The Jury will include the pianists Dana Ciocarlie, Takuya Otaki and Imri Talgam and will award Prizes and Special prizes to the laureates, on the three levels of competition.

In 2023, the International piano competition of Orléans for youth «Brin d’herbe» celebrate its 10th edition. Once again, it will be full of beautiful surprises! The jury will be chaired by Dana Ciocarlie – who was the president of the first Junior Competition – and also composed of two of our laureates, Takuya Otaki and Imri Talgam.

Under the fingers of our young candidates, we will hear the creation of a great French composer, Gérard Pesson, so close to the keyboard and works for children.
After difficult years, it is even more important to continue to sow seeds and see blades of grass grow: they are the hope and the future.
I wish all young talents who are curious to discover new music, a good preparation for the Competition!

Isabella Vasilotta, Artistic director

Registration: until February 6th 2023 included.

— Online registration are now closed —

All information regarding the organisation of the rounds and competition procedures are available here in the Competition rules.
Examples of programmes are viewable in the rules document.
Please use the samed layout as in the documents to send your programme when you register.

The preselection of the candidates for the Competition will be done by sending:
– the complete registration file – see page 114-15 (deadline: February 6th, 2023 included).
– a recent and good quality video recording of the performance of two short pieces among which one piece composed after 1900 and one composed after 1970.
Total duration of the video:
2 to 3 minutes for the Beginner level
3 to 5 minutes for the Intermediate level
5 to 8 minutes for the Advanced level.
The two pieces can be recorded separately and edited one after the other in a single file.
For help on how to film this video, applicants are advised to watch the videos of the International piano competition of Orléans for youth Brin d’herbe 2019 on our YouTube channel: Concours international de piano d’Orléans.
Youtube link and MP4 file (sent by email/Wetransfer) are both accepted.
Please contact us if you require further technical information.Upon receipt of the applications, the complete files will be submitted to the Jury of preselection who will view the videos and preselect a maximum of 24 candidates, spread over the 3 levels of the Competition.
Every candidate will be notified by email from March 1st, 2023.

— Online registration are now closed —

Documents required to register for thee Competition and to returned signed:
Parental authorisation Brin d herbe Competition 2023
Image authorisation Brin d herbe Competition 2023

Composer : Gérard Pesson
Title of the work: ‘In the prose of the world’
Commission of ‘Orléans Concours International’ for the 10th International piano competition of Orléans for youth ‘Brin d’herbe’.

Discover here the note of intent of the composer and the instructions for preparing the piano: In the prose of the world (‘Dans la prose du monde’)

The score of the mandatory piece by Gérard Pesson is viewable online and available for purchase from Editions Maison ONA (

The score of the beginner level ‘Three shades of white‘ is viewable here

The score of the intermediate level ‘Everything is plural‘ is viewable here

The score of the advanced level ‘Folds of an endless dreamed phrase‘ is viewable here

Credits: (c) P. Nachbaur


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