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Concours de piano-jazz Martial Solal

Rules 2010

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Article 1

The 5th Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition will take place in Paris, from 16th to 24th October 2010, 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 Jury will be comprised of international musicians and be presided over by Martial Solal.

Article 2

The Contest is open to high-level jazz pianists of all nationalities, born after 16 th October 1977.

Article 3 – Registration and pre-selection

To register for the Competition, a full application must be mailed to the Organisers by no later than 1st June 2010 (date on postmark) enclosing the following documents:

- the application form, duly completed, dated and signed

- a photocopy of identity card or passport, or other equivalent official document

- a curriculum vitae in French or English (no more than two typed pages) detailing music schools attended, major teachers, prizes obtained and current professional status

- a short biography in French or English (maximum 7 typed lines)

- a recorded musical performance of over 10 minutes, preferably on CD, including contestant’s full name, title of the piece, time and place of recording

- a recent (no older than six months) colour photograph, minimum dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm

- the required payment or a document confirming payment of the inscription charge (cf. Article 5)

Given the hazards of postal mail, the applicant will send an to mention the mailing date of his application.

Moreover it would be better to send curriculum vitae, photocopy of the identity card or passport and photograph by .

Article 4 – Admission

The Competition Organisers alone are entitled to decide on the admission of contestants after consideration of the applications.

A list of successful candidates shall be posted on the website on 10th July 2010.

Candidates will also receive notification by postal mail.

Article 5 – Administration Fee

The registration charge is fixed at 30 € and must be sent at the same time as the registration. This charge cannot be reimbursed. Candidates must send this sum net of any extras charges or costs relating to participation in the competition.

Payment methods:

- by French cheque in Euros in favour of ACDA,

- by a foreign bank drawn in Euros on a French account in favour of ACDA,

- by bank transfer in Euros - RIB pdf

- by international postal mandate in Euros in favour of ACDA,

- by money transfer (via international agencies) in Euros,

- by cash money in Euros.

Article 6 – Registration Fee

The registration fee is fixed at 40 €.

Candidates selected must pay the registration fee at the time of the drawing of lots; details of the method of payment will be supplied later.

Article 7

Lots shall be drawn on Friday 15th October 2010 to determine the order of play. Contestants are obliged to be present in person on this occasion.

A second drawing of lots will be held to determine order of play in the final round.

All rounds are open to the public.

Article 8 – Rounds

Contestants selected to participate in the competition will have to compete in the following rounds and respect the compulsory time limits.

Scores may be used.

First Round
Maximum duration: 12 minutes – order to be chosen by contestant

• One original composition by the contestant with rhythm section (drums and bass). The contestants may, if they wish, send the score in advance to the rhythm section.

• Any jazz standard for piano solo chosen by the contestant.

Second Round
Maximum duration: 18 minutes – compulsory order

1. One of the following jazz standards for piano solo of the contestant’s choosing:

Cherokee (Ray Noble)
Body and Soul (Johnny Green)
Confirmation (Charlie Parker)
Giant Steps (John Coltrane)
Have You met Miss Jones (Rodgers/Hart)
Here is that Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)
I Can’t get Started (Vernon Duke)
Oleo (Sonny Rollins)
Softly as a Morning Sunrise (Oscar Hammerstein)
Well you Needn’t (Thelonious Monk)

2. A duet with a string or wind soloist, selected by the Competition Organisers.

3. One original composition by the contestant with rhythm section (drums and bass). The contestants may, if they wish, send the score in advance to the rhythm section.

Final Round
Maximum duration: 30 minutes – compulsory order

1. A free improvisation for piano solo.

2. A jazz standard for piano solo chosen from "I got rythm" and "All the things you are".

3. A New Decaband composition, with the contestant playing piano solo. Contestants shall receive the score at rehearsal with the band.

4. One original composition by the contestant with rhythm section (drums and bass).

No single piece may be played again in a later round.

The final round will be held on Saturday 23rd October 2010 at the Alhambra - Paris

Article 9

A prizegiving ceremony and a concert, featuring the prize-winners selected by the Jury, is to be held on Sunday 24th October 2010 at the Alhambra – Paris, France.

Article 10

Contestants must play with the musicians (rhythm sections, soloists and ensembles) provided by the Competition Organisers. The rhythm sections and soloists shall be allocated to the contestants according to the order of play set in the draw.

Contestants shall be allowed one rehearsal session:

1) of twenty five minutes for the second round duet

2) of thirty minutes for the New Decaband composition on the eve of the final round

Article 11 – Prizes

Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris : 10 000 €

2nd Grand Prix - Fondation BNP Paribas : 7 000 €

3rd Prize: 4 000 €

4th Prize: 3 000 €

Prize for a young soloist: 2 000 €

The following events will propose engagements to one of the winners of their choice:
The Paris Jazz Festival 2o11
The Savoie d'Jazz Festival 2011
The Plaisir de musiques Festival 2o11

The club de jazz Chorus (Lausanne) will propose engagement to winners of their choice, for a serie of three concerts organized with the Concours Martial Solal.

Prize-winners will also be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course.

Article 12 - Jury

Following each round including the final, the Jury shall deliberate. In the event of a tie, the jury Chairman holds the casting vote.

The Jury reserves the right not to award each prize.

The “Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris” and the 2nd Prize cannot be awarded jointly.

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 13 – Accommodation

The competition organisers can provide an accommodation in residences (single or twin rooms) or in a family’s place, for the contestants living outside of Paris or the Paris region and who have made a request for such an accommodation on the application form.

The contestants who successfully pass the first eliminatory round will have their accommodation expenses paid for during the rounds in which they will compete. In this case, the contestants will receive a daily allowance of 40 €.

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.

Article 15

Contestants waive the right to remuneration from any recording, radio or television broadcast of competition rounds and prize-winner concerts.

Article 16

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.


The full application must be mailed to the Organisers by no later than 1st June 2010

All rounds are open to the public.

First and second round in the CRR de Paris.

Final round at the Alhambra - Paris


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