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1. Introduction

The competition «Les Etoiles du Piano - Concours International de Piano des Hauts de France» is organized by the Association «Les Etoiles du Piano », recognized of general interest (No. w595029207 of 3 April 2017).

The2nd edition of the competition will take place in Roubaix, France from November 19th to 23rd, 2019.

2. General organization

Conditions of registration
The contest is opened to pianists of all nationalities under following conditions:
age :  from 18 to 32 years old (date of birth after november, 23th 1986)
Pianistic level : National Superior Conservatory of Music

Registration now closed, according to our rules

Examination and validation of entries
Applications are confirmed within two weeks by the jury of the competition.
The registration fee of 75 € is due after confirmation of application by the jury. The application will not be effective until the registration fees have been paid.
Registrations may be closed at any time if the number of validated applications has reached its maximum.
The decisions taken by the board are irrevocable.
In case of desistement, candidates are asked to notify the competition management. In this case, the registration fees are not refunded.

Travel expenses and Accommodation

Travel expenses and visas are the responsibility of the participants; however, a letter of invitation may be available upon request.
Free accommodation in a host family with a piano is available upon request.
During the competition, each host family take care of the transfer of the candidate from their home to the various sites of the competition.

Civil Insurance and Liability

The Association «Les Etoiles du Piano» holds a "Civil Liability" insurance which covers its own liability in the event of accidents to participants during the contest. This insurance does not cover any accompanying persons.

3. Plannig

Order of passage
The order of passage of candidates for the first round will take place during the welcome session.

Piano practices
The events will take place in the concert hall of the Roubaix Conservatory, which will be equipped with a piano «Grand Concert Yamaha CFX».

Each candidate will be able to try the competition piano on stage for 15 minutes before the 1st round.The schedule will respect the order of pasage.
The 6 candidates selected for the final will receive an additional 30 minutes between the 2nd  round and the final.
Before each event, the candidates will have a piano in a room for a preparation time of 20 minutes before entering the stage.
Apart from these two cases, candidates will also have access to the study pianos of the conservatory.

Organization and Planning of Services

First round on Tuesday 19th  and Wednesday 20th  November 2019.
At the end of the competition, the management of the competition will announce the 12 candidates selected by the jury for the 2nd  round. The new order of will define the order of passage of these 12 candidates.

Second round on Thursday, November 21st , 2019.
At the end of the competition, the management of the competition will announce the 6 candidates selected by the jury for the final and a new public draw will define then  the order of passage of the 6 finalists.

Final Friday, November 22nd, 2019.

Applicants must present themselves at the reception desk at least one hour before their time of passage for each examination.

A candidate who is prevented from performing at the required time will be disqualified unless he or she justifies his or her absence in advance to the management of the competition, which may exceptionally and at its discretion change the order of passage of the candidates.

Memory interpretation is mandatory.

The use of photocopied partitions is prohibited.

All events are open to the public free of charge within the limits of the places available.

The jury will be composed of musicians of international stature (see contest website).

The jury can interrupt a candidate during execution if the latter’s performance is of a level not compatible with that of the competition. If a candidate is a student of one of the jury members, that member of the jury will not participate in the scoring.

The jury is only competent to award awards.

The jury is sovereign in its decisions.

The management of the competition is not responsible for the decisions of the jury.

During the competition, jury members are not allowed to communicate with candidates.

Program of competition

First round – 15 minutes per candidate
1. Bach prelude and fugue, well-temperate keyboard or Chostakovich prelude and fugue
2. A romantic study of virtuosity: Chopin or Liszt or Rachmaninov.
3. One study: Saint-Saëns or Debussy or Stravinsky or Prokoviev

Second round – 30 minutes per candidate
1. A classic work from the 17th century to the 19th century.
2. A romantic work of the 19th century
3. A work from the twentieth to the twenty-first century
Candidates will not be able to play the second round of works played in the first round.

Final – 45-60 minutes per candidate
Free program with a maximum of one piece already played in the second round.

4. Palmares

Proclamation of the Palmares

The winners of the contest are proclaimed publicly at the end of the final.Awards are presented at the beginning of the closing ceremony


1st prize. 7,500 euros.

2nd prize. 3,000 euros.

3rd prize 1,000 euros.

4th prize. 500 euros

5th prize. 250 euros

6th prize. 250 euros

Several paid recitals will be offered to the winners in the months following the competition.Travel expenses are covered by the association

5. Final Gala

A gala followed by a closing cocktail will be offered on Saturday 23 November 2019 at 7 pm at the «Musée de La Piscine» in Roubaix, France

The management board chair and the jury members, will present the prizes to the 6 winners.Only the first three winners will perform at the Gala, however, the attendance of all winners at the closing ceremony is compulsory.Winners who are not present at the Gala will lose their prize(s) and diploma(s).

6. Right to be imaged 

Candidates are required to accept all interviews, interviews, videos or meetings

promotional material related to the contest.The Contest Management reserves the right to make or authorize any audio or video recording and the taking of any photographs during the duration of the tests and during the Gala.

7. Obligations of candidates

Candidates have to be free from any other activity throughout the competition.Candidates totally agree with this Regulation.Failure to comply with one or more of the rules of this Regulation shall result in the disqualification of the candidate. This decision shall not be subject to appeal.

In the event of disagreement, the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Lille has jurisdiction.