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
Orlando Bass (FRANCE)
Orlando Bass is a British-born French pianist, harpsichordist and composer born in 1994. He studied piano (Roger Muraro), chamber music (Itamar Golan), accompaniment (Jean-Frédéric Neuburger), improvisation, voice conducting and composition at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance. Since 2023, he has been studying for the Konzertexamen (Artist Diploma) with Kirill Gerstein at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin.
His career is studded with prizes: he won the Grand Prix of the CFRPM (modern piano repertoire) in Paris, First Prize in the Les Virtuoses du Coeur Competition and First Prize in the Bologna Harpsichord Competition – Paola Bernardi Foundation. The modern and contemporary repertoire that he frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician is particularly close to his heart, leading him to create new works without neglecting the classical repertoire. He has made several recordings on harpsichord and piano for the Maguelonne, Hortus, Odradek, Triton and La Scala Music labels. A new opus is in preparation for 2024, devoted to the first sonatas of Prokofiev and Bartok, with the violinist Rachel Koblyakov.
Edouard Charrière (FRANCE)
Born in 1999, Edouard Charrière studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Gabriel Fauré Conservatory before being admitted to the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance (CNSMDP), where he joined Emmanuel Strosser’s piano class and then Roger Muraro’s. He also studied chamber music with Emmanuelle Bertrand, Itamar Golan, Michael Hentz, Michel Moragues and Haruko Ueda. He also studied chamber music with Emmanuelle Bertrand, Itamar Golan, Michael Hentz, Michel Moragues and Haruko Ueda. In 2020, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in musicology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and in 2022 his master’s degree in piano from the CNSMDP, graduating with first-class honours.
He won prizes at the From Bach to Jazz International Piano Competition at the Schola Cantorum in 2013, the 25th and 26th Flame Competitions at the CRR of Paris in 2014 and 2015, the Vulaines-sur-Seine Piano Competition in 2015, and was a finalist in the From Bach to Jazz International Competition in Athens in 2018 and a finalist in the Albert Roussel International Competition at the Salle Cortot in Paris in 2021.
He has taken part in various summer academies in France (Nice, Musicalp, Piano Cantabile), where he was taught by Bruno Rigutto, Bernard D’Ascoli, Cécile Hugonnard-Roche, Claire Désert, Florent Boffard, Jonas Vitaud, Laurent Cabasso, Olivier Peyrebrune, Markus Groh, Björn Lehmann and Alexandre Moutouzkine. He has also received chamber music coaching from Christian Ivaldi and Laurent Korcia.
Yesong Jung (SOUTH KOREA)
Yesong Jung was born in South Korea in 1996. She trained at Kyung Hee University in Seoul with Hyosun Lim, then at the Royal College of Music in London, and since 2020 at the Hochschule in Stuttgart, in the class of Nicolas Hodges. She has also taken master classes with Jerome Lowenthal and Chung-Mo Kang.
She has won numerous competitions – Kyung-hee University Scholarship Competition, Seoul Art Piano, Chun-Chu Music Competition, Dong-seo Music Competition, Tongyeong Arts Association National Music Competition – and was a prizewinner at the Beethoven Competition and the Music Association of Korea Competition.
In recent years, Yesong Jung has performed in concert at St Marry Abbots, with the RCM Philharmonie Orchestra in London and at the Fruchtkasten in Stuttgart.
Miharu Ogura (JAPAN)
Born in Tokyo in 1996, the pianist Miharu Ogura is now based in Frankfurt where she is studying at the Hochschule with Florian Hölscher, after training at the Toho Gakuen College in Tokyo. Winner of several competitions, Miharu Ogura is deeply involved in contemporary music, both as a performer and as a composer. She has recently recorded two CDs, one devoted to Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke and the other to her own piano compositions. Two new musical works commissioned by Radio France and the Venice Biennale will be premiered in 2024.
She performs as a soloist – recently in Sweden, Frankfurt and Tokyo – and with orchestras and ensembles. She has performed with the Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester conducted by Duncan Ward, in an opera by Søren Nils Eichberg at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden (conducted by Albert Horne), and with the ensembles hand werk and XiEMA, with the Ensemble Ulysses (in Barcelona under Beat Furrer, at Royaumont under Jean-Philippe Wurtz and at ManiFeste with the Ensemble intercontemporain under Pierre Bleuse) and with the mdi ensemble.
Shoma Oto (JAPAN/FRANCE)
Born in 1993, Shoma Oto trained at the Versailles Conservatory in the class of Edda Erlends-Dottir and Michael Guido. He then joined the class of Laurent Cabasso and Aimo Pagin at the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg (HEAR). He continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon, studying for a master’s degree in music performance with Laurent Cabasso, Hélène Bouchez and Jérôme Granjon.
He has had the opportunity to complete his training at a number of academies, including the Gyorgy Sebök International Academy, where he met teachers Denis Pascal and Rena Shereshevskaya. He also won the Audience Prize in the competition organised by the Versailles Conservatory. A keen harpsichordist, he studied with Blandine Rannou in Versailles and with Aline Zylberach and Christine Heraud in Strasbourg.
Alexia Stier (HUNGARY/ROMANIA)
The Romanian-Hungarian pianist Alexa Stier is currently a doctoral student at the Yale School of Music, where she is studying with Professors Boris Berman and Wei-Yi Yang, after obtaining her Master’s degree in 2021. She previously studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with Professor Fali Pavri and trained at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.
She has performed extensively in Europe and the United States, in recital, chamber music and with orchestra (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New Britain Symphonic Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic Orchestra).
Alexa Stier is a prizewinner in several international competitions, including first prize in the Sheepdrove Piano Competition (UK) and the Virtuoso e Belcanto Concerto Competition (Italy).