The international competition

Above all, Piano Campus is an encounter which strives to be youthful, daring and dynamic. Classical ritual, formal clothes have to be forgotten! Let's think about natural and original behaviour! 


If "jeans" and "tee shirts" are not still compulsory, candidates are welcome to play in natural and modern contemporary dress.


A sure way of showing that classical pianists are also “with it”. 


Chairman of the jury 2021


Guest composer 2021


CRR Orchestra


of the jury

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Welcoming diner for candidates

Thursday, February
10th - 8pm
Novotel, Cergy

The Hotel rooms are available on Thursday afternoon.

Candidates will be able to use rehearsal studios at the "Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional de Cergy Pontoise". The CRR will be open on Thursday 4th from 5pm.

On Thursday evening a welcoming dinner is organized to mix conviviality and encounters between candidates. A draw will be held to determine the order in which candidates will play.

Preliminary round

Friday, February 11th
9.30am/1pm - 3pm/7.30pm

Conservatory of Cergy-Pontoise

4 pieces (30 mn maximum) including :


> an imposed piece (to play in the beginning of the program) : 

JS. Bach / F. Busoni : "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland", BWV 659

+ 1 piece of the 18th century : Scarlatti, Mozart, Padre Soler, Rameau, Handel, Clementi, Haydn...

+ 1 piece of the 19th century : Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Franck...

+ 1 piece of the 20th or 21th century : Debussy, Poulenc, Bartok, Scriabine, Prokofiev, Enesco, Gershwin, Ligeti, Escaich, Dusapin, Schnittke, Shchedrin ...


After the first round, three candidates will be selected for the final. A random draw will take place organized by the Piano Campus competition direction to set up the finalists ordre of turn. All candidates have to be present at the announcement of the results. 

Meeting & Masterclass

Saturday, February 12th 11am & 3pm

Conservatory of Cergy-Pontoise

11am - Meeting and lunch with the chairman of the jury

Meeting between not selected candidates and the president of the Jury, Jean-Claude Casadesus, and few Jury members. Questions about the competition.

Lunch break, organized by Piano Campus. Jury members, all the candidates and the Piano Campus Organizing Committee will be together.


3pm / 6pm - Masterclass with the professor Hortense Cartier-Bresson

Interpretation lesson, by the professor Hortense Cartier-Bresson, at the Auditorium Olivier Messiaen at the CRR of Cergy Pontoise. This masterclass is organised only for the not selected candidates.


Sunday, February 13th
"Points Communs :
Théâtre des Louvrais" 

> The world Premiere for piano and orchestra of the imposed piece of the guest composer,

Karol Beffa

> Concerto in G major - Allegramente, Adagio assai, Presto - of Maurice Ravel

> Vote of the jury and the public

> Results of the final

> Piano Campus Awards given by the chairman of Piano Campus