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« D’une musique à l’autre » Association




Brest Auditorium 

from March 01 to 05, 2024 

 Under the high patronage of Brest’s Mayor

1. The competition is divided into 5 categories:

Category V: Four hands, six hands

Category W: Two pianos

Category X: Young talent (group 1 and group 2)

Category Y: Debussy, Fauré and Rachmaninoff

Category Z: Chopin

The competition is open to candidates of all nationalities.

For categories V age limit is 30 years old, category W age

limit is 40 years old.

For category X (young talent) the age limit is set at under

20 years old on the day of the competition.

Group 1 from 7 to 14 years old,

Group 2 from 15 to 20 years old.

For categories Y and Z, the age limit is 30 years old on the

day of the competition.

Candidates may compete in more than one category; an entry

fee will be charged for each category.

Category Y and Z limited entries.

2. Pieces to perform

Category V          

Four hands, six hands

one piece of your choice (free program)

maximum duration 6 minutes

Category W

Two pianos 

one piece of your choice ( free program )

maximum duration between 10 and 15 minutes

Category X

Young talent

one or two pieces of your choice ( free program )

maximum duration 10 minutes

Category Y

- Debussy: an Etude and                                                                     

- Fauré: a Barcarolle or a nocturne and

- Rachmaninoff: an Etude-tableau, Op. 33 or Op. 39

maximum duration 15 minutes

Category Z

Chopin: a Nocturne and an Etude and a Ballade or a Scherzo

maximum duration 20 minutes

3. All works for solo piano are performed from memory.

scores are authorized only for works for four, six hands and two pianos. Photocopies of scores are not permitted.

4. Competitions are open to the public

5. Entries should preferably be submitted via the Internet, or by post, accompanied by payment.

6. Candidates must provide

Candidates must provide: their date of birth, photocopy of identity card, the letter corresponding to their category, the title, opus, key or number of the work presented, the name of their music school and that of their teacher. Registration will be validated on receipt of this information and payment of the registration fee.

7. No entries will be accepted after February 15, 2024. The postmark will be taken as proof.

8. Under no circumstances will the registration fee be refunded or postponed, except in the event of cancellation of the competition.

9. Prizes

Each prize (financial reward) will only be awarded in the presence of the winners and the jury when the results are announced. Candidates who fail to attend may be disqualified. Candidates who are unable to attend the prize-giving ceremony should hand in a stamped A4 envelope at reception, addressed to them and specifying their category.

10. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.

However, insofar as possible, candidates in categories X, Y, Z who are unaccompanied and wish to do so may be given the details of a volunteer host family for free accommodation when they receive their invitation.

11. Registration implies acceptance of the competition rules.

Candidates must be present on the day and at the time indicated on the invitation which will be sent to them two weeks before the competition date. In the event of non-receipt, please notify the competition secretariat by e-mail.

12. Candidates are requested to notify the competition secretariat of any absences.

13. The jury may interrupt a candidate's performance.

14. The jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.

15. No member of the jury will present a candidate in categories Y, Z.

16. Entry fees

  • 40€ category X, V
  • 60€ category W,Y, Z
  • 100€ (50€/category) for two categories
  • 120€ (40€/category) for three categories


Category V

Four hands or Six hands

  • 1st medal,
  • 2nd medal,
  • 3rd medal


Category W

Two pianos

  • First prize: €600
  • Second prize: €400

Category X

Young talent

Group 1

First prize: Gift card

Second prize: Gift card

1st medal

2nd medal

3rd medal


Group 2

First prize: Gift card

Second prize: Gift card

1st medal

2nd medal

3rd medal


Category Y

First prize (Prix de la Ville de Brest): 800€ and a recital

Second prize: 500€ and participation in a recital

Third prize: €300

Category Z

First prize (Prix du Conservatoire de Brest): €1,000 and a commitment to one of the two upcoming seasons of the "Entre Sable & Ciel" ensemble.

Second prize: 700€ and a recital

Third prize: €400

Patron prize


(category X, Y or Z): €300

Audience prize: €100

All participants in the recitals will receive a fee. Concert venues will be in Brittany and Ile-de-France.

18. Competition venue

Brest Auditorium, rue Émile Zola 29 200 BREST

Practical info

Host families :

As a candidate in the Brest Piano Competition, you have the opportunity to be accommodated free of charge by volunteer families in Brest.

You will receive your host family's contact details at the same time as you receive your invitation and Steinway rehearsal schedule. Please contact them as

soon as possible to confirm your request. This accommodation is not intended for accompanying persons.

We would be grateful if you could respect this point so as not to disrupt the good relationship we have with these families, who have been loyal to us for

many years. The families pick you up at the train station or airport. They will then take you to the competition site for morning rehearsals on the Steinway competition piano. The tests generally start around 2:00 pm. It's best to stay on site, as practice rooms are available on the Conservatory premises adjoining the auditorium.

If you have any questions, please contact Rémy Guéneuguès, who manages the host families, by e-mail: