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The competition “Les Etoiles du Piano – Concours International de Piano des Hauts de France” is organized by the Association “Les Etoiles du Piano”, Association loi de 1901 de droit français, non but lucratif, reconnu d'intérêt général (n° w595029207 du 3 avril 2017).

The 3rd edition of the competition will take place in Roubaix from 14 to 20 November 2021.

Registration Requirements

The recruitment of candidates is open to pianists of all nationalities meeting the following conditions :

Be between 18 and 32 years old (date of birth after November 20, 1989) Raise a pianistic level of graduation from a Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique or Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Musique. 

Registration Review and Validation

The registration fee of 75 € is due to the confirmation of application by the selection committee. The application will only be effective after receipt of registration fees.

Registrations may be closed at any time if the number of validated applications has reached its maximum and in any case they will be closed on 15 September 2021 at midnight

The decisions taken by the management of the contest are sovereign and irrevocable.

The official convocation takes place no later than 15 days before the events.

In the event of discontinuance, candidates are asked to notify the competition management. In this case, the registration fee is not refunded.

Travel and Accommodation Expenses

Travel expenses, as well as visas, are the responsibility of the participants; however an invitation letter may be available upon request.

Free host family accommodation with a piano is available upon request.

During the duration of the competition, each host family ensures the transfer of the candidate it accommodates between its home and the different sites of the competition.

Applicants who do not wish to be accommodated in a family will be satisfied, at their own expense, with their accommodation conditions.

Insurance and Liability

The Association «Les Étoiles du Piano», organizer of the competition, holds a "Liability Insurance" which covers its own liability in the event of accidents occurring to the participants in the framework of the competition, during the duration of it. This insurance does not cover any accompanying persons.


A public draw determine the order in which the candidates will pass. 

Piano practice

The practice will take place in the large concert hall of the Conservatoire de Roubaix, which will be equipped with a piano «Grand Concert Yamaha CFX».

Each candidate could practice on the piano of the competition during 15 minutes before the 1st round. The 6 candidates selected for the final will benefit from an additional 30 minutes between the 2nd round and the final.

Before each event, the candidates will practice in a room for a preparation time of 20 minutes before entering the stage.

The candidates will also have access to pianos of study in the conservatory.


Welcoming candidates and families : Sunday,  November 14, 2021

First Round : Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 15, 2021.

At the end of the competition, the competition management will announce the 12 candidates selected by the jury for the second round and a new public draw will define the order of passage of these 12 candidates.

Second round : Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

At the end of the competition, the competition management will announce the 6 candidates selected by the jury for the final and a new public draw will define the order of passage of the 6 finalists.

Repetition of the finalists with Picardy orchestra : Thursday, November 18, 2021

Final : Friday, November 19, 2021.

Gala with Picardy orchestra : Saturday, November 20, 2021

For each test, the candidates must present themselves at the reception at the latest one hour before their schedule of passage.

A candidate who is prevented from appearing at the required time will be disqualified unless he justifies in advance his absence from the competition management who may, exceptionally and at his discretion, modify 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, subject to availability.


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

The Jury reserves the right to arrest a candidate during the performance if the performance of the candidate is of a level not compatible with that of the competition. If a candidate is or has been a student of one of the members of the jury, that member of the jury shall not participate in the scoring.

The jury is the only one competent to award the awards. It reserves the right not to award all prizes if it deems the level of candidates insufficient.

In the event of a tie, the president of the jury shall have the casting vote and shall count twice.

The jury is sovereign in its decisions and these are final.

The management of the competition is in no way responsible for the decisions of the jury. It cannot modify or cancel them.

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

Program of tests

First round – 20 minutes per candidate

Prelude and Fugue by Bach, from the well-tempered keyboard or Prelude and fugue by ChostakovichA romantic study of virtuosity: Chopin or Liszt or Rachmaninov.A study: Saint-Saëns or Debussy or Stravinsky or Prokoviev

Second round – 45 minutes per candidate

A classic work from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. A romantic work from the nineteenth centuryA work from the twentieth to the twenty-first century

Candidates will not be able to replay works played in the first round in the second round.

Final – a concerto with orchestra


Proclamation of the List

The prize list of the contest is publicly proclaimed by the contest management at the end of the final.

The awards ceremony is held at the beginning of the closing ceremony

Awards: total endowment: €25,000

1st prize 13,500 € – 2nd prize ? € – 3rd prize? € – 4th prize? € – 5th prize ? €. – 6th prize? €

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

Closing Ceremony

A gala recital followed by a closing cocktail will be offered on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7 pm at the «Colisée» in Roubaix.

Before the recital, the president of the competition surrounded by the members of the jury will present the prizes to the 6 winners.

Only the first three laureates will perform at the Laureates' Recital, however, attendance at the closing ceremony is mandatory.

Recipients who do not attend the closing ceremony will lose their award(s) and award(s).

Right to the image

Candidates are required to accept all interviews, interviews, videos or promotional meetings related to the competition.

The Contest Management reserves the right to make or authorize any audio or video recording as well as the taking of any photograph during the entire duration of the tests and during the closing ceremony. It also reserves the right to ensure its conservation and communication for the benefit of the Association «Les Étoiles du piano», as well as to retain ownership of it.

The candidates give him the right to fix, reproduce and reproduce any recording on any medium as well as to disseminate them and have them disseminated by any means and throughout the world. This transfer is granted without limitation of duration and without any financial consideration

Obligations of candidates

The candidates undertake to be free from any other activity during the entire duration of the Contest.

The candidates and their accompanying persons undertake to comply at all times with the instructions issued by the management of the contest and to strictly respect the rules of use and safety of the places placed at their disposal.

Registration and participation in the Competition shall entail full membership of this Regulation.

Regulation.Failure to comply with one or more of the rules of this Regulation shall disqualify the applicant, and this decision shall not be subject to any appeal.

In the event of a dispute, only the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Lille shall have jurisdiction.