For almost seventy years, the Long-Thibaud Competition has choosen young pianists and young violinists and helped them to be heard. It is useless to say one more time how big its fame is, and that is the reason why the Long-Thibaud Foundation, its president Jean-Philippe Shweitzer, and sponsors, chose to add a third test to its programme : singing. So the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, which will take place every three years in Paris, from 2011, will select and then crown the greatest voices of the future.
Régine Crespin’s name (1927-2007) came almost naturally to the mind of the directors of the Long-Thibaud Foundation, for this famous opera singer embodies elegance and colours of the French singing. Spotted herself during a Competition (the Most beautiful voices in France), Régine Crespin will now have a new mission : to take throughout the world the renown of the competition which bears her name.
The first edition of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition happened from 31 October to 5 November 2011, with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Bertrand de Billy. The eliminatory tests took place in twelve cities of the world (such as London, Vienna and New York), and the concert gala in the Châtelet Theatre, Paris. Didier de Cottignies accepted to be the artistic director of the new contest, and Alexander Pereira to be the first president of the jury.