Competition Rules

Art. 1 The Competition

  • The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities.

  • Pieces must be played from memory excepted for contemporary works presented in the Amateur Concert Pianist, Advanced, Excellence and Concert Pianist levels.

  • Dates and time schedules subject to change.

Concert Pianist
  • Age Limit: 32.

  • Lots drawn: 12th June 2019 at 4.30 pm
    (Absence will lead to elimination).

  • Qualifying auditions: 13th - 14th June 2019 at 4:30 pm

  • Final: 15th June 2019.

  • Awards ceremony: 15th June at 7.00 pm (candidates must attend in evening dress).

  • Auditions: 10th - 11th May 2019.
  • Prize-giving: 11 June 2019 (or 10th) at the end of the auditions.
  • Auditions: 12th May 2019.
  • Prize-giving: at the end of the auditions.
Amateur Concert Pianist
  • Minimum age: 25.
  • Auditions: 11th June 2019.
  • Prize-giving: at the end of the auditions.
  • For non-professional pianists at concert pianist level.
  • Provide: proof of amateur status or other activity unrelated to piano playing.
Levels 1, 2, 3
  • Auditions: 9th June 2019.
  • Prize-giving at completion of auditions of each level.

Art. 2 Application & accommodation with host families

No later than 20th April 2019.

  • Registration online or by post, valid only upon reception of registration fees + deposit.

    + application form
    + registration fees
    ((on line, by cheque or bank transfer to the order of Opus Yvelines)
    + one identity photo*
    + one-page biography maximum*

    *except for levels 1, 2 and 3  

  • Limited number of places by category: registration may be closed in the event of oversubscription.

  • Programme may not be altered after registration deadline.

  • Accommodation with host family
    (Except for Levels 1,2,3 and Amateur Concert Pianist): subject to availability. 

Art. 3 Registration fees and deposit

  • Registration fees and deposit: 
    non refundable regardless of the circumstances.

  • Deposit of 70€ (except for levels 1,2,3): returned to competitors only after their auditions.

Art. 4 Notice to attend & practice sessions

  • Notice to attend: reception at the latest one week before the competition with indication of date and time of presence for the competitor (No other receipt of application will be given).

  • Important: notice to attend will be sent by e-mail (address indicated on registration application).

  • Practice pianos and changing facilities will be made available to candidates (except for levels 1 and 2).

  • Practice on the competition piano will only be made available for participants in the Concert Pianist category after the lots drawn.

Art. 5 Prizes

The Competition shall not be liable in case of change of date or cancellation of a concert.

Art. 6 The Jury

  • Jury: chosen by Anne Queffélec and comprising leading musicians.
  • The right is reserved to interrupt candidates and not to award prizes if the level is deemed insufficient.
  • Jury’s deliberation: governed by internal rules (final and not subject to appeal).

Art. 7 Communication

  • Candidates assign all rights to video and sound recordings of their performance to Opus Yvelines.
  • Auditions: open to the public.

Art. 8 Undertaking

Application to the competition implies acceptance of these rules and their annexes.
The English translation thereof is for guidance only and, in the event of conflict, the French language version shall prevail.