Concert Pianist

From the 11th to the 13th June 2020

Competition rules

The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities.
Pieces must be played from memory excepted for contemporary works*.

The age limit is 32.
Lots drawn : 10th June 2020 at 4.30pm
(Absence will lead to elimination).
Qualifying auditions : 11th - 12th June 2020.
Final : 13th June 2020.
Awards ceremony : 13th June 2020 at 7.00 pm 
(candidates must attend in evening dress).
Dates and time schedules subject to change.

  • Concours de piano 2019-Diplome de concert
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  • Concours de piano 2019-Diplome de concert

Concert Pianist program

Alexander Sonderegger
1er Prix Diplôme de Concert 2019 (Grand Prix Ville de Maisons-Laffitte)
21e Concours International de Piano Ile-de-France
BACH/LISZT : Fantasia &Fugue BWV 542

* Contemporary composers accepted

Thomas Ades, Nicolas Bacri, Karol Beffa, George Benjamin, Luciano Berio, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Edison Denisov, Franco Donatoni, Henri Dutilleux, Peter Eötvös, Thierry Escaich, Ivan Fedele, Dai Fujikura, Renaud Gagneux, Alain Gaussin, Nikolaï Kapustin, György Kurtág, Philippe Hersant, Heinz Holliger, György Ligeti, Magnus Lindberg, Bruno Mantovani, Olivier Messiaen, Tristan Murail, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Maurice Ohana, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marco Stroppa, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis.

11th - 12th June 2020

Qualifying auditions
maximum of 15 minutes

One Etude (excluding Debussy)

One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert (which can be played again for the final audition).

A work by a French composer
from the 19th century or later.*

13th June 2020

Final audition
maximum of 45 minutes 

Competitors to present an open programme comprising a maximum of four pieces* of different period or aesthetic style*.

*Pieces presented during the qualifying auditions may not be played again,
except the classical sonata in its complete version.

The Jury 2020

Members of the jury are expert pianists with an outstanding musical reputation. They are chosen by Anne QUEFFELEC.
Their reputation, competence and integrity contribute to maintaining the excellence of this competition.







Jean Frédéric









2019 competition winners

Alexander Sonderegger (Russie) 28 years old

1st prize, ville de Maisons-Laffitte

1st Prize Concert pianist 2019 (Grand Prix Ville de Maisons-Laffitte)
BACH/LISZT : Fantasia &Fugue BWV 542

Mertol DEMIRELLI (Turquie) 23 years old.

2nd Prize Ville de Maisons-Laffitte

Shinho LEE (Corée du Sud) 25 years old

3rd Prize Ville de Maisons-Laffitte

Alexandre MADJAR (France) 26 years old

Special Prize Karoly Mocsari

Prizes and Rewards

(1) Travel and accommodation costs to be borne by the winner.

1st Prize

+ 6 recitals

2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Károly Mocsári
Special Prize

Concert with orchestra
in Hungary

Six recitals offered to the "Concert Pianist Laureate" by :

Ville de Tremblay-en-France  - Institut Hongrois de Paris - Les Virtuoses du Piano, association F. Chopin de Lyon - Ville de Toulouse  - Pro-Musica Pamiers - Opus Yvelines in Maisons-Laffitte.

Concert with orchestra in Hungary arranged by Károly Mocsári.

Attend auditions
and final

Auditions are open to the public.
The public is allowed to enter and leave between performances.
Silence is required during each audition.

Price: 15€/day - 20€/final - 35 € for the whole competition.
Venue: Salle Malesherbes – Place du Château – 78600 Maisons-Laffitte – Acces map below.
Maisons-Laffitte Tourist Office +33 1 39 62 63 64
online or at the entrance.