From 1991 to 2006
FROM 1991 TO 2006 : ROLAND FAURE AS PRESIDENT
Roland Faure is nominated as president of the president of the board of directors of the foundations. So, he succeeds to Louis Joxe. He gets the support of the City of Paris. He consolidates the partnership with Radio France : broadcasting with France Musique, and, alternately, the two orchestras (the Orchestre National de France, music director Kurt Masur and, since 2008, Daniele Gatti ; and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, music director Myung-Whun Chung). He also consolidates the partnership with FranceTélévisions.
The presence of the contest in Japan is the beginning of a great number of tours in Far East, then in South America and in North America.
New mood that crowns the «Académie des Beaux-Arts» who offers the First Great Prize (piano and violin) : 200 000 F (30 500 euros).
Death of Raymond Gallois Montbrun, member of the Institut de France and of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, composer, Prix de Rome, president of the «Comité Directeur du Concours Long-Thibaud». (He had replaced Jacques Thibaud in the tour that the violinist had to do in Japan in 1953.)
Yehudi Menuhin accepts to be president of the jury of the violin contests. He brings his prestige. About the jury : «We meet together… to emphasize the degree of proximity that the candidates have reached in comparison with the ideal of music and civilization.»
From Asia arrive new (and often great) talents.
The Contest is placed under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacques Chirac.
The violin contest, directed by Yehudi Menuhin, becomes «Concours international Ville de Paris». The 17 conservatories of the Ville de Paris vote for their laureates.
Great increase of the financial contribution of the Ville de Paris.
The candidates come from the five continents.
The Long-Thibaud Contest becomes «an important part of the French musical heritage» but «it is not enough to be the best to win, one must have the ‘extra soul’ which distinguish the instrumentist of the artist» (Marcel Landowski). Now the function of the international contest is : to discover new talents and permit to reveal them in the world.
Death of Yehudi Menuhin. «Music became for him the soul of the world» (Marcel Landowski).
60e anniversary of the Contest, exceptional galaconcert broadcasted by satellite in the whole world (30 channels of the UER).
The two foundations become one foundation : the «Fondation Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud».
Le conservatory of Bordeaux is now called Conservatoire Jacques Thibaud.
Tribute to Michèle Auclair, First Great Prize of the first violin contest. She had played under Charles Munch.
Jean-Philippe Schweitzer, son of Nicole Henriot, grand-nephew of Charles Munch, former pupil of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, becomes president of the Foundation Long-Thibaud.