The 4th Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition will take place in Paris, from 23rd September to 1st October 2006, as part of the “Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris”. The Competition is organised by the ACDA (Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Artistique).
The Panel, presided by Martial Solal, shall be comprised of eminent international musicians.
To register for the Competition, a full application must be mailed to the Organisers by no later than 15th June 2006 (date on postmark) enclosing the following documents:
- application form, duly completed, dated and signed
- photocopy of identity card or passport, or other equivalent official document
- CV in French or English (no more than two typed pages) detailing music schools attended, major teachers, prizes obtained and current professional status
- a recorded musical performance of over 10 minutes, preferably on CD, including contestant’s full name, title of the piece, time and place of recording
- a recent (no older than six months) colour photograph, minimum dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm
- entry fee or proof of payment (cf. Article 5)
The administration fee is 25€, non-refundable, to be paid at the same time as registration. Contestants must send the sum in full – no extra costs are to be charged to the Organisers.
- French cheque, made payable to ACDA
- cheque from a foreign bank, drawn on a French bank, made payable in Euros to ACDA
- international postal order, for the attention of ACDA
A draw to determine the order of play is to take place on Friday 22nd September 2006.
Contestants must attend the draw.
A second draw shall be held for the final round.
All rounds are open to the public.
Article 8 – Rounds
Contestants selected to participate in the competition will have to compete in the following rounds and respect the compulsory time limits.
Scores may be used.
Maximum duration: 12 minutes – order to be chosen by contestant
• One original composition by the contestant with rhythm section (drums and bass). Contestants may, if they wish, send the score in advance to the rhythm section.
• Any jazz standard for piano solo of the contestant’s choosing.
Maximum duration: 25 minutes – compulsory order
1. One of the following jazz standards for piano solo of the contestant’s choosing:
• Body and Soul (Johnny Green)
• Cherokee (Ray Noble)
• Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)
• Confirmation (Charlie Parker)
• Giant Steps (John Coltrane)
• Have You met Miss Jones (Rodgers/Hart)
• Here is that Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)
• I Can’t get Started (Vernon Duke)
• I Got it Bad (Duke Ellington)
• Nardis (Miles Davis)
• Oleo (Sonny Rollins)
• Softly as a Morning Sunrise (Oscar Hammerstein)
• The Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini)
• The Duke (Dave Brubeck)
• The Song is You (Jerome Kern)
• Well you Needn’t (Thelonious Monk)
2. A duet with a string or wind soloist, selected by the Competition Organisers.
3. One original composition by the contestant with rhythm section (drums and bass). Contestants may, if they wish, send the score in advance to the rhythm section.
Maximum duration: 30 minutes – compulsory order
1. Contestant’s own original composition for piano solo
2. A New Decaband composition, with the contestant playing piano solo. Contestants shall receive the score at rehearsal with the band.
3. A jazz standard for piano and rhythm section of the contestant’s choosing.
4. Free improvisation for piano solo.
No single piece may be played again in a later round.
The final round will be held on Saturday 30th September 2006 in the Salle Olivier Messiaen at Radio France.
A prize-giving ceremony and concert, featuring those prize-winners selected by the Panel, is to be held on Sunday 1st October 2006 in the Salle Olivier Messiaen, Radio France.
Contestants must play with the musicians (rhythm sections, soloists and ensembles) provided by the Competition Organisers. The rhythm sections and soloists shall be allocated to the contestants according to the order of play determined in the draw.
Contestants shall be allowed one rehearsal session:
1) of thirty minutes for the second round duet
2) of thirty minutes for the New Decaband composition on the eve of the final round
Article 11 – Prizes
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris : 12 000 €
2nd Grand Prix - Fondation BNP Paribas : 8 000 €
3rd Prix : 5 000 €
4th Prix : 3 500 €
5th Prix : 2 500 €
6th Prix : 2 000 €
The SACEM Prize for the most promising contestant: 2 000 €
The Petit Faucheux (Tours), the Duc des Lombards (Paris) and the Festival Crest Jazz Vocal (Jazz Au Village) will offer an engagement to the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris.
The club de jazz Chorus (Lausanne) will propose engagement to winners of their choice, for a serie of three concerts organized with the Concours Martial Solal.
Prize-winners will also be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course
Article 12 - Panel
Following each round including the final, the Panel shall deliberate. In the event of a tie, the Panel Chairman holds the casting vote.
The Panel reserves the right not to award every prize.
The “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” cannot be awarded jointly.
The Panel may award special honours.
The Panel may only award prizes to contestants who have reached the second round.
The Panel’s decision is final.
Article 13 – Accommodation
The Competition Organisers can arrange accommodation (in university halls of residence, single or twin rooms) for contestants living outside Paris and its vicinity. Contestants must request this on their registration form.
The contestants who successfully pass the first eliminatory round will have their accommodation expenses paid for during the rounds in which they will compete. In this case, the contestants will receive a daily allowance of 35 €.
Article 14 – Visas
Contestants requiring a visa to take part in the Competition are requested to organise this themselves. If a letter of invitation is required for visa purposes, competitors may request this from the Competition Organisers.
Contestants waive the right to remuneration from any recording, radio or television broadcast of competition rounds and prize-winner concerts.
Participation in the competition implies contestants’ full acceptance of the Rules. In the event of a dispute, only the French language version of these Rules is binding.