Competition Rules

Art. 1 The Competition

Informations
  • 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.

  • Audition dates and time are subject to change

Concert Pianist
  • Age Limit: 32
  • Lots drawn: 8th June 2022 at 4.30 pm (Absence will lead to elimination).
  • Qualifying auditions: 9th - 10th June 2022
  • Finale : 11th June 2022
  • Awards ceremony : 11th June 2022 at 7.00 pm (candidates must attend in evening dress).
Excellence
  • Auditions: 6th June 2022
  • Prize-giving: 6th June 2022 at the end of the auditions
Advanced
  • Auditions: 8th June 2022.
  • Prize-giving: at the end of the auditions.
Amateur Concert Pianist
  • Minimum age: 25
  • Auditions: 7th June 2022.
  • 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: 5th June 2022.
  • Prizes : awarded between each round of auditions

Art. 2 Application & accommodation with host families

No later than 23th April 2022.

  • Registration online , valid only upon reception of registration fees + complete file.

    Provide: 
    + 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 before deadline in the event of oversubscription.

  • Programme may not be altered after registration deadline.

  • Accommodation with host family
    (Except for less than 15 years old, Levels 1,2,3 and Amateur Concert Pianist): subject to availability. 

Art. 3 Registration fees

  • Registration fees : 
    non refundable regardless of the circumstances (except article 9).

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 dressing rooms: available to candidates (except cycles 1 and 2).

  • After the draw, only Concert Pianist are allowed to test the competition piano.

Art. 5 Prizes

The Competition shall not be liable in case of change of date or cancellation of a concert/ visit/ masterclass. If the winner is unavailable on the dates given by the organisers, these dates cannot be changed.

Art. 6 The Jury

  • Jury: chosen by Anne Queffélec and comprising leading musicians.
  • The right 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 or 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. 

Art. 9 Cancellation

In the event of cancellation of the entire competition or a specific session by the organizers, the relevant registration fees will be refunded to the candidate.