Concert Pianist

12th June 2021

Registration deadline :  deferred to 30 April 2021
  Video deadline for qualifying auditions : 5 May 2021  

Competition rules

The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities.
Pieces must be played from memory excepted for contemporary works*.

The age limit is 33 (Exceptionally).

Qualifying auditions on video (Manual above)
5 May 2021 : deadline for sending the link of the video recording
24 May 2021 : online publication of the list of finalists
11 June 2021 : piano test for finalists at 4:30pm
12h June 2021 : Final in situ (if it's possible).
12th June 2021 at 7.00 pm : awards ceremony (candidates must attend in evening dress).
Dates and time schedules subject to change (Covid-19)

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Concert Pianist program

Alexander Sonderegger
1er Prix Diplôme de Concert 2019 (Grand Prix Ville de Maisons-Laffitte)
21e Concours International de Piano Ile-de-France
BACH/LISZT : Fantasia &Fugue BWV 542

* Contemporary composers accepted

Thomas Ades, Nicolas Bacri, Karol Beffa, George Benjamin, Luciano Berio, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Unsuk Chin, Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Edison Denisov, Franco Donatoni, Henri Dutilleux, Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Thierry Escaich, Ivan Fedele, Dai Fujikura, Renaud Gagneux, Alain Gaussin, Nikolaï Kapustin, György Kurtág, Philippe Hersant, Heinz Holliger, György Ligeti, Magnus Lindberg, Bruno Mantovani, Olivier Messiaen, Tristan Murail, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Maurice Ohana, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marco Stroppa, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis.

10th - 11th June 2021

Qualifying auditions on video
maximum of 15 minutes

One Etude (excluding Debussy)

One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert (which can be played again for the final audition).

A work by a French composer
from the 19th century or later.*

12th June 2021

Final audition
maximum of 45 minutes 

Competitors to present an open programme comprising a maximum of four pieces* of different period or aesthetic style*.

*Pieces presented during the qualifying auditions may not be played again,
except the classical sonata in its complete version.

The Jury

Members of the jury are expert pianists with an outstanding musical reputation. They are chosen by Anne QUEFFELEC.
Their reputation, competence and integrity contribute to maintaining the excellence of this competition.







Jean Frédéric









Prizes and Rewards

(1) Travel and accommodation costs to be borne by the winner.

1st Prize


Tremblay-en France : municipalité
Paris : Institut Hongrois (1)
Toulouse : Municipality
Pamiers : Pro-Musica
Vichy : Municipalité
Maisons-Laffitte : Opus Yvelines

2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Spécial prizes


Bourges : Théâtre Saint Bonnet
Lyon : Association Frédéric Chopin
Sarlat : Musicales de Sarlat

2019 competition winners

Alexander Sonderegger (Russie) 28 years old

1st prize, ville de Maisons-Laffitte

1st Prize Concert pianist 2019 (Grand Prix Ville de Maisons-Laffitte)
BACH/LISZT : Fantasia &Fugue BWV 542

Mertol DEMIRELLI (Turquie) 23 years old.

2nd Prize Ville de Maisons-Laffitte

Shinho LEE (Corée du Sud) 25 years old

3rd Prize Ville de Maisons-Laffitte

Alexandre MADJAR (France) 26 years old

Special Prize Karoly Mocsari

Attend auditions
and final

Auditions are open to the public.
The public is allowed to enter and leave between performances.
Silence is required during each audition.

Price: 15€/day - 20€/final - 35 € for the whole competition.
Venue: Salle Malesherbes – Place du Château – 78600 Maisons-Laffitte – Acces map below.
Maisons-Laffitte Tourist Office +33 1 39 62 63 64
online or at the entrance.