Concours Olivier Messiaen
The Olivier Messiaen Competition is devoted to the pianists performing the contemporary music repertoire. It will take place in Paris from 25 November to 3 December 2007, as part of the “Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris”.
The Competition is organised by the ACDA (Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Artistique).
The Jury will be comprised of international personalities.
The Contest is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 25 November 1974.
Article 3 – Programme
1 Olivier Messiaen : Regard sur l’Enfant-Jésus n°6 (« Par lui tout a été fait »)
Olivier Messiaen : Regard sur l’Enfant-Jésus n°10 (« Regard de l’Esprit de joie »)
extract from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
2 Claude Debussy : the Jury will choose before the round starts a Prelude - extract from the 1st or the 2nd Book between three proposals the applicant will have expressed.
3 Pierre Boulez : Première Sonate pour piano (second movement)
György Ligeti, Etudes for piano,
Fanfares (first Book, n° 4)
or Automne à Varsovie (first Book, n° 6)
or L’Escalier du Diable (second Book, n° 13)
1 Olivier Messiaen : one piece extracts from the Catalogue d’oiseaux
or La Buse variable
or Le Courlis cendré
or Le Traquet rieur
Arnold Schoenberg: Cinq pièces pour piano op. 23
or Igor Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrouchka, for piano
Ed. Boosey & Hawkes
or Charles Ives : Sonate Concord (second movement : « Hawthorne »)
or Béla Bartók : Outdoors
Karlheinz Stockhausen :
or Klavierstück 11
Luciano Berio : Sequenza IV
a – New piece for solo piano (circa 8 minutes)
The score will be sent to contestants one month before the Competition starts.
b – Free programme, from 20 to 25 minutes, made up of one or several works typical of the contemporary creation, with the exception of works comprising an electronic assistance or a special preparation of the instrument.
The applicant will not be allowed to choose a work he will have previously interpreted during one of the first two rounds.
The scores of the unpublished works will have to be sent to the Competition Organisers one month before the rounds start.
The Jury will take into account the choice of the suggested works.
Olivier Messiaen : Oiseaux exotiques for solo piano and instrumental ensemble.
The final round will take place on Sunday 2 December 2007 at the Cité de la musique with the Ensemble intercontemporain, conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Article 4 - Drawing of lots
A draw to determine the order of play is to take place on Sunday 25 November 2007. Contestants must attend the draw.
A second draw shall be held for the final round.
All rounds are open to the public.
For the first two rounds, contestants may choose the order of works to be played.
Candidates wishing to change their order of repertoire must advise the Competition Organisers in writing by e-mail or by post not later than Friday, 19 October 2007.
Article 6 - Prizes
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris: 10 000 €
Third Prize – Prize donated by the Salabert Fondation: 4 000 €
Fourth Prize – The Yvonne Loriod Prize, Prize donated by the Fondation Olivier Messiaen: 3 000 €
Prize for the young soloist, given by the Fonds pour la Création Musicale: 2 000 €
The Sacem Prize for the best performance of the piece written for the Contest: 2 000 €
Prize donated by the Editions Leduc for the best performance of one piece from Catalogue d'oiseaux: 1 500 €
Prize donated by the Editions Durand for the best performance of one piece from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus : 1 500 €
The Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris will benefit from an engagement offered by the Association Messiaen 2008 on January 7th, 2008 in the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.
The Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris will benefit from an engagement offered by the Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije.
One of the prizewinners will benefit from an engagement offered by the Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil August 30th, 2008.
One of the prizewinners will benefit from an engagement offered by the Festival Emilia Romagna.
Prizewinners will also be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course.
Article 7 – Jury
Following each round including the final, the Jury shall deliberate according to modalities previously known by each member of the Jury. In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairman holds the casting vote.
The Jury reserves the right not to award every prize.
The “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” as well as the Second Prize cannot be shared. The Second Prize can only be shared if the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” is not awarded.
The Jury may award special honours.
The Jury may only award prizes to contestants who have reached the second round.
The Jury’s decision is final.
A concert, featuring those prize-winners selected by the Jury, is to be held on Monday 3 December 2007.
Article 9 - Application
To register for the Competition, a full application must be mailed to the Organisers by no later than 31 August 2007 (date on postmark) enclosing the following documents:
Curriculum vitae, photocopy of identity card or passport, or other equivalent official document and photo sent by
Application form, duly and legibly completed, dated and signed,
Photocopy of identity card or passport, or other equivalent official document,
CV in French or English (no more than two typed pages) detailing music schools attended, major teachers, prizes obtained and current professional status,
Two original references from recognized musicians, written for the purposes of this competition,
A recent colour photograph, minimum dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with mention of family name and first name at the back
Entry fee or proof of payment (cf. Article 11).
Given the hazards of postal mail, the applicant will send an to mention the mailing date of his application.
Article 10 – Acceptation
The Competition Organisers alone are entitled to decide on the admission of contestants after consideration of the applications.
A list of successful candidates shall be posted on our website on Friday, 28 September 2007.
Candidates will also receive notification by e-mail.
Article 11 – Administration Fee
The administration fee is 25 €, non-refundable, to be paid at the same time as registration. Contestants must send the sum in full – no extra costs are to be charged to the Organisers.
Payment methods with mention of the applicant’s name:
- French cheque, made payable in Euros to ACDA
- Cheque from a foreign bank, drawn on a French bank, made payable in Euros to ACDA
- International postal order, for the attention of ACDA in Euros
- Cash in Euros.
Article 12 – Registration Fee
The registration fee is 40 €, to be paid by the selected contestants at the same time as the draw, details of which shall follow at a later stage.
Article 13 – Accommodation
The Competition Organisers can arrange accommodation in university halls of residence (single or twin rooms) or with a family, for contestants living outside Paris and its vicinity. Contestants must request this on their registration form.
The Competition Organisers will pay accommodation costs during the Competition for contestants - living outside Paris and its vicinity - who successfully complete the first round for the period of the rounds in which they will have competed. They shall receive a daily allowance of 37 €.
Article 14 – Visas
Contestants requiring a visa to take part in the Competition are requested to organise this themselves. If a letter of invitation is required for visa purposes, competitors may request this from the Competition Organisers.
Contestants waive the right to remuneration from any recording, radio or television broadcast of competition rounds and prizewinners' concert.
Participation in the competition implies contestants’ full acceptance of the Rules. In the event of a dispute, only the French language version of these Rules is binding.
Le Liu et Pierre Boulez - 2 décembre 2007
Le Liu - Chine - Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris
Prix pour la meilleure interprétation de l’œuvre de Ramón Humet, offert par la Sacem
Le Liu et Pierre Boulez - 2 décembre 2007
Marie Vermeulin - France - 2e Prix - Prix de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts
Mako Okamoto - Japon - 3e Prix - Prix de la Fondation Salabert
Prix pour la meilleure interprétation d'une pièce extraite des Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus, offert par les Editions Durand
Yury Favorin Russie - 4e Prix - Prix Yvonne Loriod, offert par la Fondation Olivier Messiaen
Prix du jeune soliste, offert par le Fonds pour la Création Musicale
Hana Kurasawa Japon - Prix pour la meilleure interprétation d'une pièce extraite du Catalogue d'oiseaux, offert par les Editions Leduc
Anaël Bonnet, France
Daniel Kramer, Pays Bas
Justine Leroux, France
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