The sixth Organ Competition will take place in Paris from 17 September to 26 September 2007, as part of the “Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris”.
The Competition is organised by the ACDA (Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Artistique).
The Contest is open to organists of all nationalities born after 17 September 1972.
It will take place in different churches in Paris, as well as in the “Conservatoire national de région de Paris” with a programme drawn up according to the instrument of each competition site.
The Contest includes two categories: interpretation and improvisation.
Contestants may compete in both categories.
Article 3 – Prize
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris (interpretation) : 8 000 €
Second Prize - Prix de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts : 5 000 €
Third Prize - Prix du Fonds pour la Création Musicale : 3 000 €
First Prize (improvisation): 4 000 €
The Sacem Prize for the best performance of Thierry Escaich’s work, composed for the Contest: : 2 000 €
Prize for the young soloist given by the Fonds pour la Création Musicale: 2 000 €
The Emilia Romagna Festival will offer an engagement to a winner of their choice
The "Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije" will propose an engagement to the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris
a concert at the Sainte Clotilde's Basilica (Paris)
the "Association Orgue hommage à Messiaen" will offer an engagement to a winner of their choice, to participate at the concert with the "Automnales de l'Orgue" in Avignon on Novembre 2008.
Organ Recital del Hospital de los Venerables (Fondation Focus-Abengoa de Séville, Espagne) February 2008
Prize-winners will be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course.
Article 4 – Jury
The Jury will be comprised of international personalities.
Following each round including the final, the Jury shall deliberate according to modalities previously known by each member of the Jury. In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairman holds the casting vote.
The Jury reserves the right not to award every prize.
The “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” (interpretation) and the First Prize (improvisation) cannot be shared. The Second Prize (interpretation) can only be shared if the “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” is not awarded.
The Jury may award special honours.
The Jury may only award prizes to contestants who have reached the second round.
The Jury’s decision is final.
Article 5 – Application form
The applicants will have to mail a full application to the Organisers by no later than 17 May 2007 by post (date on postmark), enclosing the following documents:
Curriculum vitae, characteristics of the instrument(s) used for the recording and photo sent by
- a sound recording of the best possible quality made by the contestant with mention of both his family and first name, preferably on CD.
It will only contain the execution of the required programme and will not have undergone any editing.
- the characteristics of the instrument(s) used for the recording
- application form, duly and legibly completed, dated and signed,
- photocopy of identity card or passport, or other equivalent official document,
- CV in French or English (no more than two typed pages) detailing music schools attended, major teachers, prizes obtained and current professional status,
- a recent colour photograph, minimum dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with mention of family name and first name at the back
- entry fee or proof of payment (cf. article 6).
Given the hazards of postal mail, the applicant will send an
to mention the mailing date of his application.
The recordings will be returned to the contestants upon request.
Article 6 – Administration Fee
The administration fee is 25 €, non-refundable, to be paid at the same time as registration. Contestants must send the sum in full – no extra costs are to be charged to the Organisers.
Payment methods, with mention of the applicant’s name:
- French cheque, made payable in Euros to ACDA
- cheque from a foreign bank, drawn on a French bank, made payable in Euros to ACDA
- international postal order, for the attention of ACDA in Euros
- cash in Euros
Article 7 – Registration Fee
The registration fee is 40 €, to be paid by the selected contestants at the same time as the draw, details of which shall follow at a later stage.
Article 8 – Acceptation
The Competition Organisers alone are entitled to decide on the admission of contestants after consideration of the applications. The results of the pre-selection, judged by a specific jury, shall be posted on the website www.civp.com on Monday 18 June 2007.
Candidates will also receive notification by e-mail.
Article 9 – Drawing of lots
A draw to determine the order of play is to take place on Monday 17 September 2007. Contestants must attend the draw. A second draw shall be held for the final round.
All rounds are open to the public.
Article 10 - Rehearsals
Prior to each round, the contestants will have one rehearsal on the instrument.
Dates and times of this rehearsal will be determined by the Competition Organisers.
Article 11 – Rounds
The Competition will comprise two rounds and a final for the interpretation category and one round and a final for the improvisation category.
For the first two rounds, contestants may choose the order of works to be played. Candidates wishing to change their order of repertoire must advise the Competition Organisers in writing by e-mail or by post not later than Friday 17 August 2007.
The final rounds will take place in Saint-Roch’s church on 24 September 2007, in Trinité’s church, on 25 September 2007 and in Sainte-Clotilde’s Church, on 26 September 2007, with the participation of the Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire national de région de Paris, conducted by Pierre-Michel Durand.
The characteristics of the organs used during the different rounds (interpretation and improvisation) will be sent to the contestants.
The use of scores is allowed at all levels in both competitions. No photocopy will be authorized for published works.
For organs which are not equipped with memory combination action, or in the event of the failure of it, an assistant will be placed at the disposal of the contestants by the Competition Organisers.
An appointed page-turner will assist the contestants to the exclusion of any other person.
All rounds shall be open to public.
Article 12 – Prize-winner’s concert
A concert, featuring those prize-winners selected by the Jury, is to be held on Wednesday 26 September 2007.
Article 13 – Accommodation
The Competition Organisers can arrange accommodation in university halls of residence (single or twin rooms) or with a family, for contestants living outside Paris and its vicinity. Contestants must request this on their registration form.
The Competition Organisers will pay accommodation costs during the Competition for contestants - living outside Paris and its vicinity - who successfully complete the first round for the period of the rounds in which they will have competed. They shall receive a daily allowance of 37 €.
Article 14 – Visas
Contestants requiring a visa to take part in the Competition are requested to organise this themselves. If a letter of invitation is required for visa purposes, competitors may request this from the Competition Organisers.
Contestants waive the right to remuneration from any recording, radio or television broadcast of competition rounds and prize-winner concerts.
Participation in the competition implies contestants’ full acceptance of the Rules. In the event of a dispute, only the French language version of these Rules is binding.
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris : Benjamin Righetti, Switzerland
Second Prize - Prix de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France : Daria Burlak, Russia
Third Prize - Prix du Fonds pour la Création Musicale : Sarah Kim, Australia
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris : non adjuged
Interpretation or d'improvisation Competition
The Sacem Prize for the best performance of Round II by Thierry Escaich’s, composed for the Contest: Matthieu Magnuszewski, France
Prize for the young soloist given by the Fonds pour la Création Musicale : Daria Burlak, Russia
Mentions : Péter Kováts, Hungary, Jean-Charles Robin Gandrille, France, Marcel Andreas Ober, Germany
Rules and Program 2007
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