Messiaen Contest, devoted to contemporary music performance and open
to pianists only, is to be held in Paris from 2 to 9 November 2003,
as part of the Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris.
The contest is being organised by Association pour la Création
et la Diffusion Artistique (ACDA), in collaboration with the Fondation
Olivier Messiaen (under the aegis of the Fondation de France).
is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 2 November 1970.
After due consideration of candidates' applications, the Contest organisers
shall be sole judges of their eligibility to compete. Admitted contestants
shall receive personal notification.
eliminatory round (maximum 25 minutes)
Olivier Messiaen: either Regard de lEsprit
de joie, n°10
or Regard de lonction terrible, n°18, extracts
from Vingt Regards sur lEnfant Jésus - Durand
or Le Courlis cendré, extract from Catalogue
dOiseaux, 7th Book - Leduc
or Le Rouge-gorge and LAlouette des
champs, extracts from Petites esquisses doiseaux,
n°5 and n°6 - Leduc
Ravel: Forlane and Toccata - extracts from Tombeau de
Couperin, without repeats
or Scarbo, extract from Gaspard de la nuit
or Noctuelles and Alborada del Gracioso, extracts
or Claude Debussy: Masques
and Dun cahier desquisses
or LIsle joyeuse and Bruyères extract
from Préludes pour piano, 2nd Book, n°V
György Ligeti: Etudes for
piano - Schott to be chosen among
Fanfares, 1st Book, n°4
or Automne à Varsovie, 1st Book, n°6
or Lescalier du diable, 2nd Book, n°13
or Touches bloquées, 1st Book, n°3 and
Der Zauberlehrling, 2nd Book, n°10
eliminatory round (maximum 40 minutes)
1. Ivan Fedele: Work for solo piano, commissioned
by Musique nouvelle en liberté for the contest
(approx. 8 minutes)
score will be sent to contestants from 15 September 2003.
Olivier Messiaen: Le Merle bleu, extract
from Catalogue dOiseaux, 1st Book -
Albéniz: Lavapies and Triana
or Malaga and Jerez, extracts from Iberia
or Béla Bartók: Sonata for piano, Sz 80 (1926)
or Suite for piano op.14, Sz 62 and Allegro barbaro,
or Alexander Skriabin: one of
the sonatas among the following:
n°5 in F sharp Major op. 53, n°7 op. 64 Messe
blanche, n°9 op. 68 Messe noire,
n°10 op. 70
or Sergey Prokofiev: 8th
Sonata in B flat Major, op. 84 (2nd and 3rd movements)
or Paul Hindemith: 2nd Sonata
in G Major
Pierre Boulez: 3rd Sonata (Formant
2 or Formant 3) - Universal
or Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück
XI - Universal
or André Boucourechliev: Archipel 4 - Leduc
Olivier Messiaen: Cantéyodjâya
Olivier Messiaen: Réveil des
oiseaux, for piano and orchestra - Durand
final round will take place on 8 November 2003, at the Opéra
Orchestre Philharmonique from Radio France, conducted by
Myung-Whun Chung, will accompany
the finalists for Réveil des oiseaux.
be drawn on 1st November 2003 to determine the order of play.
Contestants are required to be present at this occasion. A second drawing
of lots shall be held to determine order of play in the final round.
All rounds shall be open to the public.
Prix de la Ville de Paris: 11 000 €
engagements will be proposed to the Grand Prix winner later on.
7 500 €
The Second Grand Prize is donated by the Acacémie
des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.
Prize: 4 500 €
3 000 €
Yvonne Loriod Prize awarded to the contestant whose performance
is the most faithful to the spirit of Olivier Messiaen's
music: 3 000 €
donated by Editions Durand
for the best performance of Réveil des oiseaux: 1 500 €
donated by Editions Leduc
for the best performance of one or several pieces from Catalogue
d'Oiseaux and from Petites esquisses doiseaux: 1 500 €
Olivier Messiaen Prize for the best performance of Ivan
Fedeles work commissioned for the contest: 1 500 €
donated by Editions Universal for the best performance of Cantéyodjâya: 1 500 €
for the most promising contestant donated by SACEM:
1 500 €
The Jury shall deliberate at the end of each round and the final round.
In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairmans decision shall carry
The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.
The Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris may not be shared.
The Jury may issue special distinctions.
The Jury shall not award a prize to any contestant who fails to attain
the second round.
The Jurys decision is final.
On 9 November
2003 a concert will take place at the prize-giving ceremony. Several
prize-winners selected by the Jury shall perform at this concert.
8. Entry Application
for registration: 29 August 2003 (date on postmark)
entry application must be sent to the Contest organizers and must comprise
completed, signed entry form,
of identity document or passport,
vitae in French or English (length one typed page), indicating institutions
where musical studies were undertaken, most important teachers, any
prizes obtained, and working status,
references in the original from recognised musicians, written for
the purposes of the Contest,
recent passport-format photograph,
fee or proof of payment in compliance with Article 10.
September 2003 candidates shall be informed whether they have been admitted
to or turned down for the Contest.
10. Entry Fee
fee is 65 € and must be sent at the same time as the application.
organisers must receive the sum netto. No costs whatsoever (such as
change costs) are to be charged to the Contest organisers.
cheque made out to ACDA;
to be established by a foreign bank, drawn on a French bank, made
out to ACDA and written out in euros;
money order sent from a post-office, made out to ACDA.
fee shall be refunded only if the candidate is not admitted to the Contest.
11. Travelling and accommodation
organisers can provide accommodation in university residences for contestants
living outside of Greater Paris. Such accommodation must be requested
on the application form. The contestants who successfully pass the first
round will have their accommodation expenses paid for during the rounds
in which they will have competed. In this case, the contestants will
receive a daily allowance of 30 €.
rounds and the prize-giving ceremony may be recorded, broadcasted by
radio or television without remuneration of the contestants.
fact of competing implies on the part of the contestants the acceptation
of all the rules of the contest. Only the French version of these rules
will take precedence. Disputes will be settled by the Paris authorities