Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris

Martial Solal piano-jazz competition

next competition in 2006

Age limit : 35 years old

rules in the making, full information will be available in 2005

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rules 2002

Article 1

The 3rd Martial Solal international Jazz Piano Contest will take place in Paris, from October 6 to 13, 2002, as part of the "Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris". The contest is being organised by Acanthes.

Article 2

The Jury will be comprised of eminent international musicians and presided by Martial Solal.

Article 3

The contest is open to high-level jazz pianists of all nationalities, born after October 6, 1967.

Article 4

Registration and pre-selection

Deadline for registration: 15 July 2002 (date on postmark)

In order to submit to the pre-selection, a full entry application must be sent to the Contest organisers’ address comprising the following:

- recorded musical performance of ten minutes minimum, on the recording material of their choice,

- 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,

- recent passport-format photograph,

- entry fee or proof of payment (cf. Article 5).

The Contest organisers alone are entitled to decide on the acceptance of the candidatures, after consideration of the dossiers. The results of the pre-selection will be made public on August 5, 2002. The contestants will immediately be informed by mail. The registration of the selected contestants will then become final.

Article 5 – Entry fee

The entry fee is 65 € and must be sent at the same time as the application.

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.

The entry fee will be refunded only in case an application should be refused.

Article 6 – Rounds

The contestants selected to participate in the contest will have to enter the following rounds and respect the imposed time limits. The contestants may play with scores.

First round
Maximum duration: 15 minutes - order to be chosen by the contestant

An original composition by the contestant with the participation of a rhythm section (bass and drums). The contestants may send in advance the score for the rhythm section if they wish to.

A piece for piano solo to be chosen by the contestant among jazz standards.

Second round
Maximum duration: 30 minutes - imposed order

1 A piece for piano solo to be chosen by the contestant among the following jazz standards:

Cherokee - Ray Noble
Softly as a Morning Sunrise - Oscar Hammerstein
Nardis - Miles Davis
I Can’t get Started - Vernon Duke
Oleo - Sonny Rollins
The Song is You - Jerome Kern
Confirmation - Charlie Parker
Body and Soul - Johnny Green
Chelsea Bridge - Billy Strayhorn
The Days of Wine and Roses - Henry Mancini
The Duke - Dave Brubeck
Giant Steps - John Coltrane
Have You met Miss Jones - Rodgers/Hart
Here is that Rainy Day - Jimmy Van Heusen
I Got it Bad - Duke Ellington
Well you Needn’t - Thelonius Monk

2 A duo with a string or a wind soloist which will be known at the beginning of the contest

3 An original composition by the contestant with the participation of a rhythm section (bass and drums). The contestants may send in advance the score for the rhythm section if they wish to.

Final round
Maximum duration: 30 minutes - imposed order

1 An original composition by the contestant for piano solo, of a maximum duration of two minutes thirty seconds

2 A piece arranged for an ensemble of seven or eight musicians in which the piano will hold the soloist part. The score will be given to the candidate at the time of the rehearsal with the ensemble.

3 A piece to be chosen by the contestant among jazz standards, to be performed with a rhythm section

4 A free improvisation for piano solo.

The pieces to be performed must be different for each round.

The final round will take place on Sunday, 13 October 2002, at the Cité de la Musique.

Article 7

Lots shall be drawn on October 5, 2002, 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.

All rounds shall be open to the public.

Article 8

The contestants must play with the musicians (rhythm sections, soloists and ensemble) provided by the Contest organisers. The rhythm sections and the soloists will be assigned to the contestants according to the order of play determined by the drawing of lots.

The contestants will be given:

1) one rehearsal of thirty minutes for the duo piece in the second round;

2) one rehearsal of thirty minutes for the ensemble piece in the final round.

Article 9 – Prizes

Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris: 11 000 €

The winner of the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” will be engaged for concert performances in France and abroad.

2nd Prize: 7 500 €

3rd Prize: 4 500 €

4th Prize: 3 000 €

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

Article 10 – Jury

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 “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 11

The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Sunday, 13 October 2002, following the final round, after the results have been proclaimed. Some of the winners may be required to play on this occasion.

Article 12 – 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 13

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

Article 14

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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