10th Competition – 2012

Visuel 10e ConcoursHere we are, the 10th edition of a competition that has always tried to keep very high moral spiritual standard on all levels. We also have the urge to create the best conditions for our audience and participants. All musical competitions have a life of their own apart from the other educational institutions. They have their own goals and their own educational aspirations.

As always Orléans Concours International tries to receive different pianists that apart from the “chapelles” actively participate in their musical creation, by presenting their choices, their ideas and their creative imaginations.

On the year celebrating Claude Debussy birthday, an award is attributed, but surly not to the one that plays “vivid and loudly” which is something that never pleased the composer. He was not very found of competitions that have more of an athletic allure.

The André Chevillion -Yvonne Bonnaud award is more of an award thought for pianists that compose. It has over time found more than ten different of laureates, who bring their own compositions. Great deal of new awards honor the music from yesterday (Palazzetto Bru Zane Prize) and the music of today (Olivier Greif, Isang Yun).

Special thanks to everyone with your commitment give the OCI its true value as an important musical event. Lets have a great edition in the year of 2012.

 This 10th edition is dedicated to Josette Samson-François who were involved in the event since the beginning with her tremendous generosity.

Françoise Thinat, President




24 février : 10h-12h / 14h00-18h00 / 20h30-23h00
25 février: 10h00-12h00 / 14h00-18h00 / 20h30-23h00
26 février : 10h00-12h00 / 14h00-18h00
Proclamation des résultats 19h00  

CONCERT QUATUOR DIOTIMA : 26 février – 20h30
Webern, Schoenberg 

27 février : 10h00-12h00 / 14h00-18h00 / 20h30-23h00
28 février : 10h00-12h00 / 14h00-18h00
Proclamation des résultats 19h00 

29 février : 10h00-12h00 / 14h00-18h00
Proclamation des résultats 19h00



« Effigies » pour piano et cordes de Jacques Lenot avec le Quatuor Diotima
commande d’Orléans Concours International aidée par le Fonds de Soutien de la Région Centre et la Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert.
Gabriel Fauré : 2ème Quintette pour piano op. 115 en ut mineur 



Christopher GUZMAN – USA
PRIZE – Special Distinction BLANCHE SELVA – €10.000 (First prize)
PRIZE SACEM – €4.600
PRIZE – Académie des Beaux–Arts – €3.000
PRIZE – Special Distinction André JOLIVET – €2.500
PRIZE – Students from the Conservatory of Orléans supported by Baudin Chateauneuf – €1.500 

Andrew ZHOU – USA
André CHEVILLION – Yvonne BONNAUD Interpretation Prize (under the aegis of Fondation de France) – €5.000 
PRIZE – Special Distinction Olivier GREIF – €2.500 
PRIZE – Special Distinction Isang YUN – €2.000 
PRIZE – Special Distinction SAMSON FRANCOIS – €2.000 

Soojin ANJOU – South Korea
PRIZE – Special Distinction Ricardo VIÑES – €2.500 

Justine LEROUX – France
PRIZE – Special Distinction Palazzetto Bru Zane – €2.500 

Hayk MELIKYAN – Armenia
PRIZE – Special Distinction André BOUCOURECHLIEV (under the aegis of Fondation de France) – €2.500 

Julia DEN BOER – France
PRIZE – Special Distinction Maurice OHANA – €2.500 

Ilona TIMCHENKO – Russia
PRIZE – Special Distinction Nadia BOULANGER – €1.500 

Christopher STARK – USA
André CHEVILLION – Yvonne BONNAUD Composition Prize (under the aegis of the Fondation de France) – €5.000

  • (Français) 2012

Compulsory piece & Composer

Effigies for piano & string quatuor, by Jacques Lenot

In the French language, an effigy notably refers to the representation of a person on the backside of a coin or a medal. We know that Bach,Schumann, Liszt, and Berg; among other composers, would dedicate their work using musical notes to signal the initials of the recipients’ names, following the anglo-saxon transcription of music (A for La, D for Re, E for Mi, etc.)
With my piece for piano & string quatuor, I am pleased to be able to express my gratitude to all those who have helped me or supported me during those years of composing.
Shall these dedications remain anonymous, they will stay engraved within the musical notes, and the persons they embody will stand like hidden effigies.
As Chateaubriand would say:”Verb and flesh unite into a human effigy”

Jacques Lenot (born in 1945) – France

Jacques Lenot was born in Saint-Jean-d’Angély, and has a highly unusual musical background. He is in fact an autodidact, although his path has crossed those of Stockhausen, Ligeti and Kagel in Darmstadt, Bussotti in Rome, and Donatoni in Sienna. He is totally dedicated to the creative process, and independent of any cultural institution. Since Diaphanéis was premiered at the Royal Festival in 1967, with the support of Olivier Messiaen, he has imposed a form which is complex, tormented, very meticulous in the detail of the nuance, the attack, and the rhythm. Lenot sums up this form as being of serialist origin, but which he tries to broaden to his own specific universe. Instrumental virtuosity is essential in his work, and Jacques Lenot works more and more often with the artists who premiere his works in order to push them further and further to the limit. Yet whatever the degree of abstraction of his works, they reveal a poetic universe of rare intensity.
In 1992 the Department of Gers in France offered him a post as resident composer which enabled him to accomplish various projects : conferences, training sessions, educational activities, during which 109 educational works for the organ were created. During this time he also wrote a large number of works for the piano, which have not yet been premiered, as well as his Second and Third Books for the Organ.
In 1997 he was invited to go and live in Groffliers, where he has devoted himself to more ambitious compositions: works commissioned by the Lyon National Orchestra and the Symphonic and Lyric Orchestra of Nancy, his first string quartet, premiered at the New York Guggenheim Museum in December 1998, and finally his first opera, commissioned by the Grand Théâtre of Geneva. The subject of this opera had at first been accepted and then refused, after completion, by his legal beneficiaries.
In the year 2000 Jacques Lenot decided to move to Roubaix, where he has been working simultaneously on several projects.
The General Council of the Nord Department in northern France commissioned from him a “sound installation” for the temporary exhibition “The Twilight of the Gods” at the museum and archaeological site of Bavay, which was inaugurated in June 2003.
He has just completed a new opera for the Grand Théâtre of Geneva, J’étais dans ma maison et j’attendais que la pluie vienne ( I was inside my house waiting for the rain to come ), based on the work by Jean-Luc Lagarce.

Media Library




Françoise Thinat et l’Association O.C.I. remercient ceux qui ont permis la réalisation de ce Concours et tout particulièrement :

Monsieur Frédéric Mitterrand, Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication
Monsieur Serge Grouard, Maire d’Orléans, Député du Loiret,
Monsieur Eric Valette, Adjoint au Maire, Délégué à l’Action Culturelle de la Ville d’Orléans,
La Direction de l’Information et de la Communication – Ville d’Orléans,
La Direction de la Culture et de l’Evénementiel – Ville d’Orléans,
La Direction des Relations Extérieures – Ville d’Orléans,
Monsieur Jean-Claude Van Dam et la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles,
Monsieur François Bonneau et le Conseil Régional du Centre,
Monsieur Eric Doligé et le Conseil Général du Loiret,
Monsieur Ulrich Mölhre Mécénat Musical Société Générale,
La Sacem,
La Spedidam,
La Caisse des Dépôts,
Monsieur Stan Zielinsky et Yamaha Music Europe,
Monsieur Pierre Masson et la Société Baudin Chateauneuf,
Monsieur  Olivier Morel – Maroger et France Musique,
Monsieur Christopher Préault et la République du Centre,
Madame Agnès Hervé-Lebon, directrice du Conservatoire d’Orléans,
Monsieur François-Xavier Hauville, directeur du Théâtre d’Orléans-Scène Nationale,
Monsieur Olivier Mantéi, directeur du Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
La République du Centre,
Le musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans,
Passion Culture,
Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger,
La Fondation Françis et Mica Salabert,
L’Association des Amis d’André Jolivet,
L’Association des Amis d’Olivier Greif,
La Fondation Palazzetto Bru Zane,
L’Académie des Beaux-Arts de Paris (Institut de France),
L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Comité Albert Roussel,
L’Association des Amis de Maurice Ohana,
L’Association Samson François – Scarbo,
Les Amis d’Isang Yun – Unsuk Chin,
Les familles d’accueil orléanaises
Les Amis d’OCI.

Sous l’égide de la Fondation de France :
La Fondation André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud,
La Fondation André Boucourechliev

Honorary Committee

Pierre-Laurent AIMARD                      
Solhi ALWADI                                  
Gilbert AMY                                     
Marie-Françoise BUCQUET              
Roland CREUSE                              
Michel DECOUST                            
Marc-Olivier DUPIN                          
Lukas FOSS                                     
Gérard FREMY                                                 
Jean-François HEISSER      
Jean-Claude HENRIOT               
Claude-Henry JOUBERT                    
Anne-Marie de LAVILLEON                
Claude MALRIC                              
Francis MIROGLIO     
Germaine MOUNIER
Pierre PETIT
Benjamin RAWITZ
Jacqueline ROBIN
Jean ROY
Anna-Stella SCHIC
Antoine TISNE
Daniel TOSI

Jury Members

  • Decoust Michel : President of the Jury, composer (France)
  • Chin Unsuk : Composer (Korea)
  • Guy François-Frédéric : Pianist (France)
  • Grasso Fabio : Pianist and composer (Italy)
  • Hodges Nicolas : Pianist (UK)
  • O'Donnell Heather : Pianist (USA)
  • Tallgren Johan : Composer (Finland)