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Les trois premiers finalist


2018 sessions : April 19, 20, 21 and 22

 Schedules will be definitively decided the previous evening before the first competition day according to the number of enrolled candidates. All  candidates have to be present on April 18th (Wednesday)   (at 1.30  pm) before the qualifying tests to attend the drawing of their running time and order and tests on the piano in the Conservatoire de Musique de Valence (Drôme - France). 

Place : main Auditorium of the  Music School in Valence City (Drôme)  for Preliminaries and Semi-final ; Théâtre de la Ville in Valence City for the Final

Piano :  Grand Yamaha C7


Program for the Preliminaries :

1/Two movments (a slow and a fast one) from a Sonata (of the candidate's choice) by Mozart or Haydn
2/An "Etude" by Chopin (of the candidate's choice except 10-3 et 25-7)
3/A work of the candidate's choice (in the limit of the fixed time

Allotted time 20 mn max

Program for the Semi-Final :

1/An "Etude" (of the candidate's choice) by Debussy
2/A work or a group of works to choose among the following composers : Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Weber, Fauré, Rachmaninov, Medtner
3/A work to choose among the following composers : Albeniz, Granados, Ravel, Scriabine, Schönberg, Enesco, Janacek, Hindemith, Ives, Bartok, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Barber

Allotted time 40 minutes max

Program for the Final :

1/A "Prélude et Fugue" from "Le clavier bien tempéré" by Bach
2/A Sonata by Beethoven of the candidate's choice (except op 106) enterely and without repeats (except for minuets and scherzos)
3/One or several works (depends of the remaining time) to choose among the following composers : Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Franck, Moussorgsky (work not choosed for the semi-final)
4/A work (of the candidate's choice) written after 1945

Alloted time 55 minutes max

The jury reserves the right to interrupt the candidates performance for exceeding the allotted  time or due to insufficient music quality.

Only original works are accepted, the transcripts are excluded except prior agreement from the competition administration.

 On the (downloaded) registration form the candidate will precise the performance time for each piece

Competition place Competition place

The Valence City Music School is an important institution for music education.

The director is Didier Vadrot

This school gathers 1.000  students coming from Valence city, surroundings and neighbouring counties. The educational team is composed of 50 teachers. All classical musical disciplines are being taught. To note specialities like Jazz, topical music and music linked with imagery (film-making

Piano education involves about a hundred students trained by 4 teachers. The school proposes 20 training rooms, each with an upright piano. Four more rooms have Baby-Grand pianos.

The competition takes place in the main Auditorium, a 260 seats concert hall, equipped with a concert-Steinway piano whose quality level was appreciated by many renowned artists who staid in Valence (one of them Martha Argerich).

The Music school is located in the centre of Valence city. There are regular buses services and a nearby parking with many spaces.

Dates for the 2018 Competition : APRIL Thursday 19, Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22


    Suggested hotels closed the Conservatoire :
-Hôtel de France ***+33(0)4 75 43 00 87  - -
15' walking to the music school
-Résidence Hévea**+33(0)4 75 25 61 60  - -
10' walking to the music school
-Hôtel Atrium**+33(0)4 75 55 53 62  - -
15' walking to the music school
-Hôtel de Lyon :  +33(0)4 75 41 44 66  - -
In front of Valence Ville railways station, 20' walking to the musical school

Free lodging in families is possible. Candidates who may be interested should request this possibility when sending their registration file.

Contacts during the competition :
  +33(0)6 76 34 56 46 (Mrs Jacqueline Estezet only by SMS for not disturbing the auditions)

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