The 5th Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition will take place in Paris, from 16th to 24th October 2010, 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 Jury will be comprised of international musicians and be presided over by Martial Solal.
To register for the Competition, a full application must be mailed to the Organisers by no later than 1st June 2010 (date on postmark) enclosing the following documents:
- the application form, duly completed, dated and signed
- a photocopy of identity card or passport, or other equivalent official document
- a curriculum vitae in French or English (no more than two typed pages) detailing music schools attended, major teachers, prizes obtained and current professional status
- a short biography in French or English (maximum 7 typed lines)
- 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
- the required payment or a document confirming payment of the inscription charge (cf. Article 5)
Given the hazards of postal mail, the applicant will send an
to mention the mailing date of his application.
Moreover it would be better to send curriculum vitae, photocopy of the identity card or passport and photograph by
- by French cheque in Euros in favour of ACDA,
- by a foreign bank drawn in Euros on a French account in favour of ACDA,
- by bank transfer in Euros - RIB
- by international postal mandate in Euros in favour of ACDA,
- by money transfer (via international agencies) in Euros,
- by cash money in Euros.
Lots shall be drawn on Friday 15th October 2010 to determine the order of play. Contestants are obliged to be present in person on this occasion.
A second drawing of lots will be held to determine order of play in 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). The contestants may, if they wish, send the score in advance to the rhythm section.
• Any jazz standard for piano solo chosen by the contestant.
Maximum duration: 18 minutes – compulsory order
1. One of the following jazz standards for piano solo of the contestant’s choosing:
• Cherokee (Ray Noble)
• Body and Soul (Johnny Green)
• 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)
• Oleo (Sonny Rollins)
• Softly as a Morning Sunrise (Oscar Hammerstein)
• 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). The contestants may, if they wish, send the score in advance to the rhythm section.
Maximum duration: 30 minutes – compulsory order
1. A free improvisation for piano solo.
2. A jazz standard for piano solo chosen from "I got rythm" and "All the things you are".
3. A New Decaband composition, with the contestant playing piano solo. Contestants shall receive the score at rehearsal with the band.
4. One original composition by the contestant with rhythm section (drums and bass).
No single piece may be played again in a later round.
The final round will be held on Saturday 23rd October 2010 at the Alhambra - Paris
A prizegiving ceremony and a concert, featuring the prize-winners selected by the Jury, is to be held on Sunday 24th October 2010 at the Alhambra – Paris, 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 set in the draw.
Contestants shall be allowed one rehearsal session:
1) of twenty five 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 : 10 000 €
2nd Grand Prix - Fondation BNP Paribas : 7 000 €
3rd Prize, offered by FCM: 4 000 €
4th Prize: 3 000 €
Prize for a young soloist, offered by Sacem: 2 000 €
The following events will propose engagements to one of the winners of their choice:
The Paris Jazz Festival 2o11
The Savoie d'Jazz Festival 2011
The Plaisir de musiques Festival 2o11
The Petit Faucheux (Tours)
The Jazz club de Dunkerque
The Arsenal de Metz (2011-2012)
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.
The Duc des Lombards (Paris) will offer an engagement to the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris.
Prize-winners will also be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course.
Article 12 - Jury
Following each round including the final, the Jury shall deliberate. In the event of a tie, the jury Chairman holds the casting vote.
reserves the right not to award
The “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” and the 2nd Prize cannot be awarded jointly.
may award special honours.
may only award prizes to contestants who have reached the second round.
Jury’s decision is final.
Article 13 – Accommodation
The competition organisers can provide an accommodation in residences (single or twin rooms) or in a family’s place, for the contestants living outside of Paris or the Paris region and who have made a request for such an accommodation on the application 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 40 €.
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.