Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris

Organ competition
5th organ competition in June 2004, 1st to 9th

rules 2002


Article 1

The 4th International Organ Contest is to be held in Paris, from November 3 to 17, 2002, as part of the “Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris”. The contest is being organised by Acanthes.

Article 2

The contest is open to organists of all nationalities, born after November 3, 1967.

It will take place in different places in Paris and at the “Chapelle Royale” of the Versailles Castle. The programme has been drawn up according to the organ of each contest site.

The contest includes two categories: interpretation and improvisation. Contestants may compete in both categories. In this case, they must perform the two entire series of works.

Article 3 – Prizes

Interpretation Contest

Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris: 9 000 €

2nd Prize: 3 000 €

3rd Prize: 1 500 €

Prize for the best performance of the work composed for the contest by Jean-Louis Florentz: 1500 €

Improvisation Contest

Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris: 6 000 €

2nd Prize: 3 000 €

Interpretation or Improvisation Contests:

• Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé Prize for the best performance of a work by Maurice Duruflé, donated by the Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé Association: 1 500 €

• Special Prize for the best performance of a work by Olivier Messiaen: 1 500 €

• Prize for the most promising contestant, donated by SACEM: 1 500 €

Some of the prize-winners will be engaged for concert performances in France and abroad.

Article 4 – Jury

• The Jury shall be comprised of international personalities. The Jury of the pre-selection round for the interpretation category will be different.

• The Jury shall deliberate at the end of each round and the final round. In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairman’s decision shall carry the vote.

• The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.

• The two “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 Jury’s decision is final.

Article 5 – Entry application

Deadline for application: August 26, 2002 (date on postmark)

A full entry application must be sent to the Contest organisers’ address comprising the following:

- duly completed, dated and signed application form,

- photocopy of identity document or passport,

- curriculum vitae in French or English (maximum length two typed pages) indicating institutions where musical studies were undertaken, most important teachers, any prizes obtained, and working status,

- one recent passport-format photograph,

- application fee or proof of payment (cf. Article 6).

The score of Jean-Louis Florentz’s work, which is written for the contest and cannot be performed in public before the beginning of the contest, will be sent to the contestants on September 2, 2002.

In order to take part in the Organ Contest, the contestants will have had to pay for the application fee as well as for the registration fee.

Article 6 – Application fee

The application fee is 25 € and it cannot be refunded.

The Contest organisers must receive the sum netto. No costs whatsoever (such as change costs) are to be charged to the Contest organisers.

Means of payment:

- French cheque made out to “Acanthes”;
- cheque to be established by a foreign bank, drawn on a French bank, made out to “Acanthes” and written out in Euros:
- international money order sent from a post-office.

Article 7 – Registration fee

The registration fee is 40 €.

The participants who successfully pass the pre-selection round for the Interpretation Contest will pay the registration fee when drawing lots.

The participants in the Improvisation Contest admitted to compete will also pay the registration fee when drawing lots.
Means of payment will be explained later on.

Article 8 – Admission to the Interpretation Contest

The candidates in the Interpretation Contest must participate in the pre-selection round which will take place from November 3 to 5, 2002, at the “Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris-CNR”, 14 rue de Madrid, 75008 Paris, on the Grenzing organ (mechanical-action, 3 keyboards, 32 stops).

The composition of the organ will be sent on September 2, 2002.

A personal notification will be sent on September 16, 2002.

Article 9 – Admission to the Improvisation Contest

The candidates in the Improvisation Contest will be submitted to selection upon consideration of their entry applications. Besides the documents required in article 5, the candidates must include in their entry application two references in the original from recognised musical personalities, dated and written for the purposes of this contest.

A personal notification will be sent on September 16, 2002, together with the organ part of the Concerto N° 13 in F major by Georg Friedrich Haendel.

Article 10 – Rounds

• The Interpretation Contest will take place from November 8 to 17, 2002 and will comprise two rounds and a final round. Lots shall be drawn on November 5 to determine the order of play. Contestants are required to be present. A second drawing of lots shall be held to determine order of play in the final round.

• The Improvisation Contest will take place from November 10 to 17, 2002 and will comprise two rounds and a final round. Lots shall be drawn on November 8 to determine the order of play. Contestants are required to be present. A second drawing of lots shall be held to determine order of play in the final round.

• The characteristics of the organs used during the different rounds (interpretation and improvisation) will be sent to the contestants on September 16, 2002.

• The use of scores is allowed at all levels in both contests. No photocopies will be authorized for published works.

• For organs which are not equipped with memory combination action, or in the event of the failure of it, an assistant will be placed at the disposal of the contestants by the Contest organisers.

• An appointed page-turner will assist the contestants to the exclusion of any other person.

• Prior to each round, the contestants will have one rehearsal on the instrument. The dates and hours of this rehearsal will be determined by the Contest organisers.

• All rounds shall be open to the public to the exception of the pre-selection round.

• The final rounds will take place in Saint-Eustache’s Church, on November 16, 2002, with the participation of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.

• On November 17, 2002, a concert will take place at the prize-giving ceremony. Several prize-winners selected by the Jury shall perform at this concert. The Jury will decide on the programme in agreement with each winner.

Article 11 – Accommodation

The Contest 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 €.

Article 12

Contest rounds and the prize-winners’ concert may be recorded, broadcasted by radio or television without remuneration of the contestants.

Article 13

The very 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 alone.



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