International Piano Competition
Samson François

3rd Edition - 2024
The international competition
that will reveal the piano stars of tomorrow!

Samson François International Piano Competition 2024

June 29 to July 4, 2024

Agenda

  • Before midnight on April 30, 2024: deadline for registration and submission of 1st round videos online for the " Artist" and " Young Artist " categories!
  • Before midnight on June 1, 2024: registration deadline for the " Junior", " Young Talent " and " Children" categories. 
  • Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30, 2024: Children" and "Young Talent" category competitions
  • Monday, July 1, 2024: "Junior" category competition
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024: "Young Artist" category competition
  • Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4, 2024: "Artist" category competition

Please note:
For the "Artist" and "Young Artist" categories, there will be a "1st online round" (see terms and conditions). Successful candidates will be announced before May 15, 2024.

Candidates can choose from 5 categories: 

  • Artist" category (32 or under - born after July 4, 1991)
  • Young Artist" category (aged 20 or under - born after July 2, 2003)
  • Junior" category (15 or under - born after July 1, 2008)
  • Young Talent" category (aged 12 or under - born after June 30, 2011)
  • Children" category (9 years and under - born after June 28, 2014)

Important new feature: Candidates can enter and compete in several categories.

The Competition is a member of the Alink Argerich Foundation. 

The regulation

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The "Artist" category of the "Samson François" International Piano Competition

Prizes awarded: €13,000

  • Grand Prix: €5,000
  • Prix Estivales 4 Recitals (€1,100 fee)
  • Recital Château Grimaldi / Ville de Cagnes-sur-Mer (800€ fee)
  • Bernard Olivieri Prize: Recital (€800 fee)
  • Prix Spécial Dugenne-Bendien for the best performance of a Fauré nocturne: €1,000
  • Demoulin Special Prize for the best performance of the Cadenza from the Concerto by Samson François: €1,000
  • Chopin Special Prize: €500. This prize may be awarded in the "Artist" or "Young Artist" or "Junior" categories.

Terms and conditions

The "Artist" category is reserved for candidates born after July 4, 1991.

  • Registration fee : 100€
  • Closing date for entries : April 30, 2024. 
  • 1st online round: 10 to 12 minutes (YouTube video link to be supplied) featuring two works from different periods and in contrasting styles, to be sent before May 1, 2024.
  • Pre-selection :
    - May 10, 2024: Notification of results to the 24 shortlisted candidates. They will have until May 15, 2024 to confirm their participation. 6 candidates will be placed on a waiting list in case the selected candidates are unable to attend.
    - May 18, 2024: Announcement of results (Samson François' birthday)

For candidates selected to compete on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4, 2024: 35- to 40-minute free program comprising a work by Chopin and a work by Debussy, Fauré or Ravel. The cadenza from the Samson François concerto (Special Prize: €1,000) is optional. The program provided is subject to change until June 10, 2024. Requests for program changes should be sent by e-mail to: samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com

Special Awards

Special Prize for the best performance of the Cadenza from the Concerto by Samson François

Mr. Frédéric Demoulin will offer a Special Prize for the best performance of the Cadenza from Samson François's Concerto, published by Billaudot. The score of Cadence is available by clicking on the image below.
Measures 907 to 986 (low C#)

the solo piano score is available on the Editions Billaudot website by clicking on the image below.

Young Artist" category (20 years or younger - born after July 2, 2003)

Prizes awarded: €2,500

  • 1st Prize: €1,500
  • 2nd Prize: €700
  • 3rd Prize: €300
  • Chopin Special Prize: €500. This prize may be awarded in the "Artist" or "Young Artist" or "Junior" categories.

Terms and conditions

The "Young Artist" category is reserved for candidates born after July 2, 2003.

  • Registration fee : 80€
  • Closing date for entries : April 30, 2024.
  • 1st online round: 10 minutes (YouTube video link to be provided) free program, to be sent before May 1, 2024.
  • Pre-selection :
    - May 10, 2024: Notification of results to the 24 shortlisted candidates. They will have until May 15, 2024 to confirm their participation. 6 candidates will be placed on a waiting list in case the selected candidates are unable to attend.
    - May 18, 2024: Announcement of results (Samson François' birthday)

For candidates selected to compete on Tuesday, July 2, 2024: Free program of 15 to 18 minutes, including a work by Chopin. The program provided may be modified up to June 10, 2024. Requests for program changes should be sent by e-mail to: samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com

Please note It is recommended to register in the category corresponding to your age. Candidates may enter one or more categories.

Junior" category (15 years or under - born after July 1, 2008)

Prizes awarded: €1,500

  • 1st Prize: €800
  • 2nd Prize: €500
  • 3rd Prize: €200
  • Chopin Special Prize: €500. This prize may be awarded in the "Artist" or "Young Artist" or "Junior" categories.

Terms and conditions

The "Junior" category is reserved for candidates born after July 1, 2008.

  • Registration fee : 70€
  • Registration closes: June 1, 2024
  • Competition: Monday, July 1, 2024
  • Program : Free program of 12 to 15 minutes. The program provided is subject to change until June 10, 2024. Requests for program changes should be sent by e-mail to: samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com
  • Pre-selection: The first 35 entries will be selected.

Please note It is recommended to register in the category corresponding to your age. Candidates may enter one or more categories.

Young Talent" category (aged 12 or under - born after June 30, 2011)

Prizes awarded: €800

  • 1st Prize: €400
  • 2nd Prize: €200
  • 3rd Prize: €100
  • Pierre Lanoë" Special Prize: €100

Terms and conditions

The "Young Talent" category is reserved for candidates born after June 2011.

  • Registration fee : 60€
  • Closing date for entries : June 1, 2024.
  • Competition: Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Program : Free program of 8 to 10 minutes. The program provided is subject to change until June 10, 2024. Requests for program changes should be sent by e-mail to: samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com
  • Pre-selection: The first 50 entries will be selected.

Please note It is recommended to register in the category corresponding to your age. Candidates may enter one or more categories.

The "Children" category (9 years and under - born after June 28, 2014)

Prizes awarded: €400

  • 1st Prize: €150
  • 2nd Prize: €100
  • 3rd Prize: €50
  • Pierre Lanoë" Special Prize: €100

Terms and conditions

The "Children" category is reserved for candidates born after June 28, 2014.

  • Registration fee : 50€
  • Closing date for entries : June 1, 2024.
  • Competition: Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Program : Free program of 3 to 7 minutes. The program provided is subject to change until June 10, 2024. Requests for program changes should be sent by e-mail to: samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com

Please note It is recommended to register in the category corresponding to your age. Candidates may enter one or more categories.

The jury of the Samson François International Piano Competition

How to register for the Samson François International Piano Competition?

Would you like to apply for the International Contest? 

 

Step 1: Pay your registration fee by bank transfer to our account.
Step 2: Sign the payment by electronic signature or by downloading it, filling it in and signing it, then adding it to the form.
Step 3: Send us the necessary information by clicking on the form icon. Don't forget to sign the regulations if you're using a paper version.

Note: these 3 steps are mandatory to validate the registration.

Step

Ball n°1

Pay your registration fee :

a) for France, by bank transfer to our association's bank account, indicating the candidate's first and last name, as well as the chosen category(ies).
Bank details are also given below:
- Account holder : Association Le Piano en liberté
- Bank name: Crédit Agricole
- Branch name: CA. Nice Gambetta
- IBAN: FR7619106006594369552576257
- BIC: AGRIFRPP891
You can also download the bank statement
OR
b)for France or other countries/regions, by clicking on the "Buy" button below and enter the appropriate amount:
Category "Artist": €100

Category "Young Artist": €80
Category "Junior": €70
Category "Young Talent": €60
Category "Children": €50

Please note:
- If you are competing in more than one category, you must pay the entry fee for each category in which you are entering.
- Transfer fees are the responsibility of the candidate.

Step

Ball n°3

Form to fill in

Form
Enter the necessary information online (program, CV, photo, etc.) - only after this 3rd step will your registration be validated.

Step

Ball n°4

Exclusively
for the "Young Artist" and "Artist" categories:

Send us a video (YouTube link or other platform) in compliance with paragraph "2.2.6 Video registration requirements for the online preselection round" of the contest rules you signed earlier.
You can send us the link to your video by writing to us at the following e-mail address: samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com

Additional or unanswered questions? 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at samsonfrancoiscompetition@gmail.com.

The competition will take place at the Salon Masséna
Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur
Cagnes-sur-Mer (France)

Admission is free for competition spectators.

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"I like to play. I like to play with things: you can't separate music from pleasure... If playing the piano isn't a party every time, it's not worth it... Pleasure makes you intelligent".
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"Music escapes through the fingers. Never play for the sake of playing well. Never try to achieve an interpretation or a technical performance, as this prevents you from listening to what the sounds are telling you."
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"The ideal in Chopin is to improvise, to find the keys as the melody presents itself to you. Wait for it!... I never mark my fingerings. It forces me to concentrate more. And then, of course, I change the fingerings as I play."
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