2nd Martial Solal international Jazz Piano Competition will take place
in Paris, from September 26 to October 4, 1998, in the framework of
the "Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris". This competition
is organized by Acanthes association.
Jury will be comprised of eminent international musicians and presided
by Martial Solal.
competition is open to high-level jazz pianists of all nationalities,
born after September 26, 1963.
4. Registration and preselection
for registration : July 15, 1998 (date on postmark)
In order to procede to the preselection, the applicants must send a
complete registration dossier to the address of the competition including
the following documents :
- a recorded musical performance of ten minutes minimum, on the recording
material of their choice,
- the application form, duly completed and signed,
- a photocopy of an identity card, passport or any official document
in lieu of,
- a curriculum vitae written out in French or in English (maximum two
type-written pages) mentioning schools, conservatories, musical studies,
main teachers, awards and present professional status,
- a recent small identity photograph,
- the payment or a receipt showing payment of the entrance fee according
to procedure mentioned in Article 5.
The Organizing Committee alone is entitled to decide on the acceptance
of the candidatures, upon examination of the dossiers. The results of
the preselection will be made public on August 4, 1998. The candidates
will be informed immediately by mail. The registration of the selected
contestants will then become final.
5. Entrance fee
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.
b) 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).
c) The entrance fee will be refunded only in case an application should
contestants selected to participate in the competition will have to
enter the following rounds and respect the imposed time limits. The
contestants may play with scores.
First eliminatory round
Maximum duration : 15 minutes - order to be chosen by the candidate
- An original composition by the contestant for piano solo
- A piece to be chosen by the contestant among jazz standards, to be
performed with a rhythm section (bass and drums)
Second eliminatory round
Maximum duration : 30 minutes - imposed order
1) A piece to be chosen by the contestant among the three following
jazz standards, to be performed with a rhythm section :
- All the Things you are, by Jerome Kern
- Body and Soul, by John Green
- Satin Doll, by Duke Ellington
2) A duo with a string or a wind soloist which will be known at the
beginning of the eliminatory rounds
3) An original composition by the contestant for piano solo
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.
contestants will play in an order determined by a ballot on September
25, 1998. They must imperatively and personally be present on this occasion.
A second ballot will take place for the final round. All rounds will
be held in public.
contestants must play with the musicians (rhythm sections, soloists
and ensemble) provided by the Organizing Committee. The rhythm sections
and the soloists will be assigned to the contestants according to the
playing order determined by the ballot.
The contestants will be given :
1) one rehearsal of thirty minutes for the duo piece for the second
2) one rehearsal of thirty minutes for the ensemble piece for the final
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris : 70 000 F
The winner of the 1st Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris will be offered
several engagements to be announced later.
2nd Grand Prize : 50 000 F
3rd Prize : 30 000 F
4th Prize : 20 000 F
Prize for the most promising performer : 10 000 F
Jury will go into deliberation at the end of each eliminatory round
as well as after the final round. In the event of a tie, the President
will have the deciding vote. The decisions of the Jury are final.
Jury reserves the right not to award all the prizes. The jury is entitled
to grant special distinctions to contestants having entered the second
eliminatory round. The 1st Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris cannot be
shared. For the other prizes, in the event of a tie, the award will
the Awards Ceremony, a concert will be given, on October 4, 1998, with
the participation of the winners.
All travel expenses are to be paid by the contestants.
When requested in the application form, the Organizing Committee will
arrange accommodations in university lodging conditions (two persons
per room), for constestants who reside neither in Paris nor it suburbs.
The Organizing Committee will refund the lodging expenses of candidates
who successfully pass the first eliminatory round and during the rounds
in which they will have competed, on the basis of a daily allowance
of 150 F, upon presentation of an invoice.
different rounds and the prizewinners' concert may be broadcast on radio
or on television for which the contestants will not receive any financial
very fact of competing implies the acceptation by the contestants of
all the rules concerning the competition. In the event of any litigation,
the French version of the rules will take precedence.