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International piano competition of Orléans for youth ‘Brin d’herbe’

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Date TBA
Orléans, France
Piano

The international piano competition of Orléans for youth ‘Brin d’herbe’ started in 2004 and takes place every 2 years. It presents 2 levels and is dedicated to contemporary music of piano repertoire from 1900 to present. Every competitor has to play the mandatory piece and other pieces chosen among a list. In the last editions the mandatory piece has been commissioned by the competition for every level to French composers. For the 8th edition (2019), the piece was written by the British composer Christian Mason. In 2021, a piano work entitled ‘Atelier d’Escher’, commissioned to the Spanish composer Mikel Urquiza, will be premiered.

The competitors could also decide to compete for Special prize (Improvisation, Jolivet,  Denisov). The competition offers prizes as well as several international follow–up concerts for the prize winners. A piano work entitled ‘Atelier d’Escher’, commissioned to the Spanish composer Mikel Urquiza, will be premiered.

The 9th edition of the International piano competition of Orléans for youth “Brin d’herbe” will take place at the “Salle de l’Institut”, on July 3rd and 4th, 2021.

Orleans Concours International also organizes the ‘International piano competition of Orléans ’ (for adult pianists). The 15th edition will take place in 2022.

Information

Organiser

Orléans Concours International

Structure

It is made up of one round open to the public.
As each edition, a mandatory piano piece is commissioned to a worldwide renowned composer in order to enrich the contemporary repertoire.

 

Cycle

Every two years

Next competition

TBA 2023

Next deadline

TBA 2023

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Application

The preselection of the candidates for the Competition will be done by sending:

  • the complete registration (deadline: April 19th, 2021 included)
  • a recent and good quality video recording of the performance of two short pieces among which one piece composed after 1900 and one composed after 1970. Total duration of the video: 3 to 5 minutes for the intermediate level / 5 to 8 minutes for the advanced level
  • the two pieces can be recorded separately and edited one after the other in a single file.
  • For help on how to film this video, applicants are advised to watch the videos of the International piano competition of Orléans for youth Brin d’herbe 2019 on the YouTube channel: Concours international de piano d’Orléans
  • YouTube link and MP4 file (sent by email/ Wetransfer) are both accepted.

Please contact the competition if you require further technical information. Upon receipt of the applications, the complete files will be submitted to the Jury of preselection who will view the videos and preselect a maximum of 14 candidates, spread over the 2 levels of the Competition.

Rules

1. The competition presents two levels and is open to the pianists born from January 1st, 2003.
2. Programmes must cover the piano repertoire from 1900 to today.
3. Each candidate presents his or her programme during one single round. Intermediate and advanced level candidates will be spread over the 2 days of the competition.
4. Special Prizes are optional. The piece commissioned to Mikel Urquiza is compulsory.
5. Prizes as well as Special Prizes will be awarded by the jury.
6. The jury’s decisions will be based on the excellence of the interpretation, as well as on the choice and originality of the programme. All jury decisions are final and will not be discussed.
7. Playing by heart is not compulsory.
8. After a preselection on file and video, each applicant will receive an answer by email and in case of acceptance, will receive a convocation letter from May 12th, 2021

More information here

Repertoire

Pieces for prepared piano and with electroacoustic devices are allowed. All styles are welcomed, and it is possible to present extracts of the pieces.
The score of the mandatory piece Atelier d’Escher by Mikel Urquiza will be sent free of charge to the registered candidates by pdf file. It is also viewable online.

We recommend the candidates to review:
– “10 ans avec le piano” published by Cité de la musique, which provides pieces of the 20th century, organized by levels of difficulty
– “Bonjour, Piano! – Pieces by French Composers in Progressive Order” (Editions Durand).
– “Musica ficta” by Gérard Pesson, Vol. 1 to Vol. 3 (Editions Lemoine).
Each publisher has its own catalog available upon request or online. Examples of programmes from previous competitions can be found on the competition’s website.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

• between 16 and 20 minutes

• a minimum of 2 pieces among the 6 pieces from the work Atelier d’Escher by Mikel Urquiza

• A piece by György Kurtág chosen among the volumes 3 and 5 of Játékok

• The rest of the programme is up to the candidate who can choose one or several pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries’ repertoire

• One or several Special Prizes – which are optional – can be included in the programme. (Improvisation, Jolivet, Denisov)

ADVANCED LEVEL

•between 22 and 25 minutes

• a minimum of 4 pieces among the 6 pieces from the work Atelier d’Escher by Mikel Urquiza

• One or several pieces from the following composers: Webern, Schönberg, Bartók, Debussy, Janáček, Dutilleux, Messiaen, Berio, Kurtág, Ligeti

• The rest of the programme is up to the candidate, who can choose one or several pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries’ repertoire, but must include at least one piece written after 1970

• One or several Special Prizes – which are optional – can be included in the programme. (Improvisation, Denisov)

Prizes

Prizes

Intermediate level:
First Prize: 450 euro
Second Prize: 300 euro
Third Prize: 150 euro

Advanced level:
First Prize: 600 euro
Second Prize: 350 euro
Third Prize: 200 euro

For each level of the competition, a Prize will be awarded to the best interpretation of the mandatory piece commissioned by OCI to the Spanish composer, Mikel Urquiza, for a global amount of 450 euros.
Intermediate level: 200 euro
Advanced level: 250 euro

Other prizes will include gift cards, music scores, CDs, DVDs, books… which will be offered to the laureates by our generous partners. Several artistic experiences and concert invitations are also proposed to the laureates of the competition.

The competition presents also optional Special Prizes that candidates could include in their programme. They are: Improvisation Prize, André Jolivet Prize (intermediate level only) and Edison Denisov Prize.

Contact

Visit original competition page www.oci-piano.com/

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