'Brin d’herbe' Junior Piano Competition

Next competition:
To be announced
(April 2019)
Next deadline: To be announced
(March 2019)
Categories for the next competition: piano

City: Orléans (France)
Age range: 6-18
Structure: one round for each age category
Cycle: every two years
Categories: piano
Organiser: Orléans Concours International
Contact: info(at)oci-piano.fr
Website: www.oci-piano.com

Rules: The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities aged 6 to 18. Programs will cover piano repertoire from 1900 to the present.

Each candidate presents his or her program during one round, which includes especially the performance of a mandatory piece. The competition presents also Special Prizes. More information here (2017)

Prizes: Excellence Prizes, Special Prizes, Encouragement Prizes, invitations to perform in concerts and Festivals and gifts offered by the competition partners.More information about the prizes from 2017 here


Along with the completed application, please submit the following (by post or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

- A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate

- A recommendation letter from a teacher or a recognized musician

- The repertoire list, detailed and precisely timed with the names of the publishers of the selected works, sent by email in .doc format, following the template available on our website.

- The entire scores of your programme (pdf format)

- One recent colour photo for the program, by post (size 10,5 x 15 cm) or preferably by e–mail (format: jpg / 300 dpi)

- A document which confirms the payment of the registration fee

- The completed parental authorization for candidates under 18 years old (see page 20).

- The authorisation form for the use of the image reproduction right (available on our website www.oci-piano.com)

- The accommodation choice

All documents must have reached the organisation office by the given deadline. More information here

The registration fee is 90€ non-refundable.


The international competition started in 2004 and it takes place every 2 years (in spring 2019 will be held the 7th edition). It is dedicated to young pianists between 6 and 18 years from all over Europe. It has 3 overlapping age categories (from 6 to 12 years, from 8 to 14 years, from 12 to 18 years) and it is dedicated to contemporary music of piano repertoire from 1900 to present. Every competitor has to play at least one mandatory piece. In the last editions this piece has been commissioned by the competition for every level to a French composer. In 2017 the pianists competed as soloists, and in the 2nd round they accompanied a choir (they received the scores as well as the recordings of choirs in time to prepare before the competition). The competitors could also decide to compete in improvisation (and win the “Special prize for improvisation”). The competition offers several international follow-up concerts for the prize winners.

Orleans Concours International also organizes the 'International piano competition of Orléans ’ (for pianists under 42)


Last updated: 11.10.2017

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