International Organ Competition will take place in Paris, from October
1st to 10th, 1999, in the framework of the "Concours internationaux
de la Ville de Paris". This competition is organized by "Acanthes".
is open to organists of all nationalities, born after October 1st, 1964.
It will take place in different places in Paris. The programme has been
drawn up according to the organ of each competition site.
This competition includes two categories: interpretation and improvisation.
Contestants may compete in both categories. In this case, they must
perform the two entire series of works.
Grand Prize of the City of Paris: 50 000 F
2nd Prize: 20 000 F
Grand Prize of the City of Paris: 50 000 F.
Prize for the best interpretation of a work from the 20th Century, offered
by the Salabert Editions: 15 000 F.
A special prize of 10 000 F may be awarded to a finalist of one of the
Prize for the best interpretation of the piece composed for the contest
by Lionel Rogg: 10 000 F.
The Grand Prizes of each category will be engaged for concert performances
in France and abroad.
The contestants selected for the final rounds who are not prizewinners
will receive a Finalist's Certificate and a medal awarded by the City
The jury reserves the right not to award all the prizes. The jury is
entitled to grant special distinctions. The Grand Prizes of the City
of Paris cannot be shared.
Deadline for application: May 14th, 1999 included (date on postmark).
In order to procede to the preselection, the contestants must send a
complete application dossier to the address of the competition, including
the following documents:
- a sound recording of the best possible quality, made by the contestant;
it will contain only the execution of the required programme, and will
not have undergone any editing,
- a detailed description of the instrument(s) used for the recording,
- the application form, duly completed and signed,
- a photocopy of identity card or passport,
- a curriculum vitae written out in French or in English (maximum two
type-written pages) mentioning schools, conservatories, musical studies,
main teachers, awards, present professional status,
- two original letters of recommendation from two musical personalities,
written and dated especially for the competition,
- two recent passport-size photographs intended for the programme of
The entrance fee of 400 F
must be sent at the same time as the application. It must be paid only
by cheque or by postal money order payable to the order of Concours
internationaux de la Ville de Paris. All payment transactions
must be chargeable to the applicants.
In case of payment by cheque, foreign (non French) applicants must ask
their bank to establish for them a cheque made out in French Francs
and drawn on a French account only (neither Eurocheques nor bank transfers).
The listening of the recordings
by the preselection jury will be made anonymously.
The results of the preselection
will be made public by the end of June, 1999. The contestants will be
informed immediately by mail. The registration of the selected contestants
will then be made final.
Recordings will be returned
to the contestants upon request.
The Interpretation Competition includes two eliminatory rounds and a
The Improvisation Competition
includes one eliminatory round and a final round.
The use of scores is allowed
at all levels in both competitions. No photocopies will be authorized
for published works.
For organs which are not equipped
with selector switches, or in the event of the failure of such switches,
an assistant will be placed at the disposal of the contestants by the
An appointed page-turner will
assist the contestants to the exclusion of any other person.
Prior to each round, the contestants
will have the possibility to practice on the instrument. The dates and
hours of this practice will be determined by the Organizing Committee.
The contestants will play
in an order determined by a ballot. They must be present on this occasion.
A second ballot will take place for the final round.
All rounds will be held in
The final rounds will take
place in Saint-Eustaches Church, on October 9th, 1999.
The Award Ceremony will be
held prior to the Prizewinners Concert on October 10th, 1999,
in Saint-Eustaches Church.
All rounds may be recorded
and/or broadcasted by the radio or the television, in full or in part.
In this case, contestants and finalists can claim neither fees nor royalties
on subsequent recording or broadcasts.
Travel and accommodation
All travel expenses are to be paid by the contestants.
The Organizing Committee will
pay for the accommodations in university lodging conditions (two persons
per room) for contestants who reside neither in Paris nor its suburbs
and who formulate their request on the application
The jury will be comprised of international personalities and presided
by Jacques Taddei. The preselection jury may be different.
The decisions of the jury
will be drawn up and adopted according to a voting protocol defined
by the Organizing Committee. All decisions of the jury will be final.
fact of competing implies on the part of the contestants the acceptation
of all the rules of the competition. Only the French version of these
rules will take precedence. Disputes will be settled by the Paris authorities
The Organizing Committee will see to the strict respect of the various
clauses of these rules.