From 2 to 5 November 2023, MC2 in Grenoble
Founder – Claude Samuel
Director – Bruno Messina
President of the Jury – Michaël Levinas
The 2023 edition of the Olivier Messiaen International Competition is dedicated to the piano performance and organised by Arts en Isère Dauphiné Alpes (AIDA) in partnership with MC2: Maison de la Culture de Grenoble – Scène nationale.
As well as Messiaen’s works and music of the 20th century, the competition is open to other repertoires and places particular emphasis on original composition, as candidates will be required to perform a new work in the final round. The competition offers several days of high-level emulation, bringing together a jury of internationally renowned pianists and Messiaen specialists, widely accessible to all the curious and music enthusiasts attracted by the performance that all international competitions represent.
The Olivier Messiaen International Competition is open to pianists under 30 from all over the world. It will take place over 4 rounds, including 3 public rounds in Grenoble, France from November 2 to 4, 2023. The prizes consist of financial awards (total prize fund of 21,000€).
The Olivier Messiaen International Competition is sponsored by the EPCC Arts en Isère Dauphiné Alpes (AIDA), and organised in partnership with MC2: Maison de la Culture de Grenoble – Scène nationale, with the support of the Fondation Olivier Messiaen under the patronage of the Fondation de France.
Application deadline: June 30, 2023 – extended to july 5, 2023
Results: July 10, 2023
Quarter-Finals: Thursday 2 November 2023 at 2 pm – MC2 Grenoble
Semi-Finals: Friday 3 November 2023 at 2 pm – MC2 Grenoble
Final: Saturday 4 November 2023 at 2 pm – Auditorium de Lyon
Jean-François Heisser & Marie-Josèphe Jude concert : Sunday 5 November – 11 am – MC2 Grenoble
President of the Jury
Composer and pianist Michaël Levinas was a student of Olivier Messiaen, Vlado Perlemuter and Yvonne Loriod, among others, and a former resident of the Villa Médicis. He took part in the creation of the ensemble L’Itinéraire, founder of the spectral movement, which he directed for a long period.
His work constantly explores the realms of timbre and acoustics, and questions the fundamental relationship between text and music. As a pianist, he is a regular guest at Europe’s leading contemporary music festivals. His rich piano discography, which ranges from Bach to Boulez, is punctuated by critically acclaimed recordings.
Members of the Jury