8th Competition – 2008

OCI_Affiche 2008As the years go by, the Orléans International Piano Competition continues to evolve: more prizes for composition are awarded giving rise to commissions, prestigious concerts and noteworthy performances.

Now in its eighth series, The International Piano Competition of Orléans wishes to present to its public, the Maurice Ravel Trio at the March 4th finals being held at the Carré Saint Vincent Theatre.  Arguably, for the young candidate, this “chamber music” demands nerves of steel, attentiveness, focus, concentration, as well as the ability to listen for the other musicians and perhaps even to know when to fade into the background.

Thus the true musician appears and sometimes fools expectations.

The evening of March 4th ends a week of excitement, hopes and dreams.  Additionally, it will bring the opportunity to discover the quartet composition of Edith Canat de Chizy, interpreted by future laureates and accompanied by such accomplished musicians as Florent Héau, (clarinet), Marc Coppey (cello) and Sasha Rozdhestvensky (violin).

Prior to this special presentation, in the beautiful Salle de l’Institut, the competitors will all present, during the first rounds, a veritable anthology of works from the 20th and 21st centuries–impassioned decades and overflowing with creativity, complete with excesses, inconsistencies, and so many magical flourishes where the discoveries are not so much brought out by the pianist as the work itself.

Our prizewinners have always been able to win over the public, the jury, and the sponsors.  And it is with great pleasure that we watch as they confirm their talent and their character–as diverse as they are compelling.

May you all enjoy the competition of 2008,

Françoise THINAT


(Français) Palmarès 2008 :

Florence CIOCCOLANI – France
Premier Prix
Prix – Mention Spéciale BLANCHE SELVA
Prix de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts (Institut de France)
Prix du Jury des Étudiants du Conservatoire d’Orléans soutenu par Hitachi Computer Products (Europe) S.A.S.
Bourse permettant la création d’un CD                      

Antal SPORCK – Pays-Bas
Deuxième Prix
PRIX – Mention Spéciale André BOUCOURECHLIEV
Prix Spéciaux André CHEVILLION-Yvonne BONNAUD, sous l’égide de la Fondation de France,

Adam MARKS – États-Unis
Troisième Prix
PRIX – Mention Spéciale Maurice OHANA

  • (Français) 2008

Compulsory piece & Composer


Dedicated to Françoise Thinat, this piece was commissioned by the International Piano Competition of Orléans, 2008 and will be performed for the occasion on March 4th of the same year.

Jointly, Françoise Thinat and I contemplated the ensemble that, for me, related to the desire to write a piece that would include the same instruments as the “Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen, a nod to the 100th anniversary of his birth, this year.  The comparison ends there.  My harsh treatment of these instruments is far from the universe generally accorded to Messiaen’s Quartet.
This is a chamber music piece, where the writing for the piano is treated so that it is infused equally with the other instruments’ voices.

“Burning” finds its origins and roots in the universe of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), especially in this verse from his poem “Vacillation”:

Between extremities

Man runs his course;

A brand, or flaming breath.

Comes to destroy

All those antinomies

Of day and night;

His universe was overwhelmingly influenced by the Irish revolution:  Three themes course through the mystic poetry of Yeats:  Fire, Song and Joy, the final joy.  Fire and lightning which consume and ultimately renew; Song, that private and privileged space, alternating between the metaphysical and physical culminating in reconciliation between the two.  The final joy is expressed through dances and rhythm, which are the joy of the moment, the triumph of life.
Thus are the three themes joined together in the piece while ostinatos run through it, going from strident to fleeting oscillation to the point of progressive elimination of the various elements until it all fades away.

Edith Canat de Chizy

Elected in 2005 to the Fine Arts Academy of France (Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France), Edith Canat de Chizy (born on 26 March 1950) is the first female composer to enter the Institut de France.
Having obtained a degree in Art, Archeology and Philosophy at the Sorbonne, she also studied music at the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur, where she was awarded, in succession, first prizes in harmony, fugue, counterpoint, analysis, orchestration and composition.
She studied first under Ivo Malec and then, in 1983, came a crucial encounter with Maurice Ohana at which point she became his student.  During that time, she also worked on electro-acoustics both at the Conservatory and with the Musical Research Group (Groupe de Recherches Musicales).
Edith Canat de Chizy has received numerous awards for her work, including the Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs Prize for her orchestral work “Yell “(1990); the SACEM Hervé Dugardin (1987) and Georges Enesco (1990) prizes; the Paul-Louis Weiller prize (1992); the SACD “Jeune talent musique” Prize (1998); and an exceptional distinction for her cello concerto “Moïra” at the Prince Pierre de Monaco competition (1999). She was made a Knight of Arts and Letters (Chevalier des Arts et Lettres) in 1994.
In 1997 and 1998, she was a composer in residence at the Metz Arsenal, and in 2000, she was nominated at the Victoires de la Musique for her violin concerto “Exultet.”
Edith Canat de Chizy’s training as a violinist means she is very much at ease with composing for string instruments. She has a clear sense of tone and sound, both of which are particularly in evidence in her orchestral works.  Her independent language and freedom of style have enabled her to create a distinctive sound world where her imagination holds sway.
Her last recording “Moving” (Aeon 210), devoted to string works met with widespread acclaim not only amongst the public, but also, the critics.  In July 2003, her second string quartet “Alive” was premiered at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
Her viola concerto “Les Rayons du jour,” commissioned by the Orchestre de Paris, premiered in February 2005 with Ana Bela Chaves, under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach and also met with great success with the public and the critics.
Edith Canat de Chizy was honored in 2004 with the SACEM Great Symphonic Prize.
Since September 2003, Edith de Canat de Chizy has been the director of the Paris 7ème Arrondissement Conservatory where she has established a composition class which she herself teaches.



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

Madame Christine Albanel, Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication,
Monsieur Serge Grouard, Maire d’Orléans, Député du Loiret,
Monsieur Marc Champigny, 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’Evènementiel – 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,
La Sacem, la Spedidam, La Fnac, Le Living,
Messieurs Stan Zielinsky, Christian Crolle, Loïc Lafontaine et Yamaha Musique France,
Monsieur Hidefumi Masuzaki et la Société Hitachi Computer Products (Europe) S.A.S.
Monsieur Antoine Maestracci et France Bleu Orléans,
Monsieur Jacques Camus et la République du Centre

Cet événement a lieu avec le soutien de Mécénat Musical Société Générale
Madame Anne de Rouville, Monsieur Ulrich Mölhre.

Monsieur Jean-Dominique Krynen et l’Ecole Nationale de Musique d’Orléans,
Monsieur François-Xavier Hauville et le Carré Saint Vincent Scène Nationale,

Sous l’égide de la Fondation de France :
La Fondation André Chevillion – Yvonne Bonnaud,
La Fondation André Boucourechliev,
La Fondation Internationale Nadia et Lili Boulanger,

L’Académie des Beaux Arts (Institut de France),
L’Académie Musicale de Villecroze,
L’Association « les Amis de Maurice Ohana »,
L’Association Samson François Scarbo ,
La Fondation Françis et Mica Salabert,
L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris – Comité Albert Roussel,
Les familles qui hébergent les candidats,
Les Amis de l’O.C.I.,

Toutes les épreuves du Concours seront enregistrées par France Bleu Orléans.

Nous remercions les Ecoles de Musique de : Blois, Bourges, Chartres, Chateauroux, Chinon, Issoudun, Montargis, Montlouis, Orléans, Tours, Vierzon, ainsi que l’Université d’Orléans de leur accueil lors de la tournée en Région Centre du 1er Prix 2006.

Le piano CF III YAMAHA est entretenu par Pierre Malbos.

Jury Members

  • Decoust Michel : President of the Jury, Composer (France)
  • Devoyon Pascal : Pianist (France/Germany)
  • Kubo Yoko : Composer, Pianist (Japan)
  • Markovits Joséphine : Artistic Director (France)
  • Rothman George : Conductor (USA)
  • Terzian Alicia : Composer (Argentina)
  • Sublet Pierre : Pianist (Switzerland)