The Program

Discover the unfolding of this edition of the international competition

 The preselections will take place in April 17 to July 1, 2019 in the following cities:

- Tokyo (April 17-18)

- Seoul (April 19-20)

- Shanghai (April 22-23)

- London (May 10-11-12)

- Hamburg (May 29-30)

- Moscow (June 1-2)

- Vienna (June 4-5)

- Paris (June 8-9-10)

- Oslo (June 15-16)

- New York (July 1-2)

 Preselections (20 minutes)

. The slow movement of one of the following sonatas :


Wolgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

- Piano Sonata No.7 in C major K.309 - Andante un poco adagio

- Piano Sonata No.9 in D major K.311 - Andantino con espressione

- Piano Sonata No.10 in C major K.330 - Andante cantabile

- Piano Sonata No.12 in F major K.332 - Adagio

- Piano Sonata No.18 in D major K.576 - Adagio  


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

- Piano Sonata No.53 in E minor Hob XVI.34 - Adagio

- Piano Sonata No.60 in C major Hob XVI.50 - Adagio

- Piano Sonata No.62 in E flat major Hob XVI.52 - Adagio


2. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

A study for piano of the candidate's choosing (op.10 1-12 and op.25 1-12)


3. A work of the candidate's choosing


Qualifying Auditions (20 minutes)

. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

   Variations in F minor XVII/6  


2. A work of the candidate's choosing  


Semi-finals (40 minutes)

. A quintet movement to choose from the following:

- Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Quintet for piano and strings in F minor op.34 - n°1 Allegro non troppo

- César Franck (1822-1890):Quintet for piano and strings in F minor FWV 7- n°1 Molto moderato quasi lento

- Anton Dvorak (1841-1904): Quintet for piano and strings No.2 in A major op.81 - n°1 Allegro ma non tanto

2. One or more works to choose from the following (10 minutes minimum):


- Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921):

Allegro appassionato for solo piano op.70

Etude en forme de valse for solo piano No.6 op.52

Les cloches de las Palmas for solo piano op.111 No.4


-Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) :

Nocturne No.1 for solo piano in E minor op.33 No.1

Nocturne No.6 for solo piano in D major op.63

Nocturne No.7 for solo piano in C minor op.74

Nocturne No.13 for solo piano in B minor op.119

Barcarolle No.5 for solo piano in F minor op.66


- Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894):

   Ten Picturesque Pieces (1881): Paysage or Sous-Bois or Idylle

- Déodat de Séverac (1872-1921):

   In Languedoc (1904): No.4 Coin de cimetière au printemps

   Cerdana (1911): No.4 Les muletiers devant le Christ de Llivia

- Paul Dukas (1865-1935)

   La plainte, au loin, du faune (1920)


-     Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) :

20 regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus (1944)  :

n° 6 Par lui tout a été fait

n° 10 Regard de l’esprit de joie

n° 15 Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus


Catalogue d’oiseaux (1958) : Le chocard des Alpes


- Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) :

3 préludes (1973-1988): Le jeu des contraires


- Pierre Boulez (1925-2016):

Douze notations (1945)

Incises (2001’s revised version)


3. Any work(s) of the candidate's choosing


Final Recital (1h)

1. Michael Jarrell (1958): Piece for solo piano (commissioned by the contest)


2.Candidates to choose from one or more pieces for solo piano by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and/or Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) (10 minutes minimum)


3. Any work(s) of the candidate's choosing


Concerto Finale

Candidates must select two concertos. Upon announcement of the finalists, the jury will choose the concerto to be performed by each candidate.


- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in C major op. 15

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 24 in C minor K.491

- Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in F minor op. 21

- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in F sharp minor op. 1

- Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 in F major op. 103 “L’Egyptien.

- Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 Sz. 119


Discover the jury of this edition.

President (Argentina) See the biography of Martha ARGERICH
Yulianna AVDEEVA
(Russia) See the biography of Yulianna AVDEEVA
(France) See the biography of Bertrand CHAMAYOU
(United States) See the biography of Kirill GERSTEIN
Marc-André HAMELIN
(Canada) See the biography of Marc-André HAMELIN
Marie-Josèphe JUDE
(France) See the biography of Marie-Josèphe JUDE
Jean-Bernard POMMIER
(France) See the biography of Jean-Bernard POMMIER
(France) See the biography of Anne QUEFFÉLEC
(China) See the biography of Xu ZHONG

Competition rules

General Terms and Conditions

1° The contest is open to young pianists of all nationalities born after 1 January 1989.


2° The Board of Directors of the contest shall rule without appeal on the candidates’ admission.


3° The contest is composed of:

(a) A pre-selection audition (held in Paris, London, Oslo, Hamburg, Vienna, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York).

         (b) Public Auditions:

         - Qualifying Auditions

         - Semi-finals

         - A Final Audition including: a recital and a concerto with orchestra


4° Any program attached to the registration form must be confirmed by a date that will be specified soon.


5° The contest will give the candidates access to a rehearsal room where they can practice their piece prior to each audition.

For the quintet audition, the contest will choose the accompanying quartet for the candidates, and a rehearsal will be organized with each semi-finalist.


6° A practice session and a final rehearsal will be held prior to the final audition with orchestra. All other auditions will be preceded by a rehearsal.


The pieces shall be performed from memory, with the exception of:

         - the imposed contemporary work (with the composer's agreement).

         - the quintet (of the candidate’s choosing)


The candidates shall not perform the same piece twice during the auditions, except for the final. The performances shall not last any longer than the indicated timing. Each piece must be played in its entirety.


8° The contest’s auditions – in whole or in part only – as well as the final concert may be recorded and broadcast live or pre-recorded on radio, online, or on television without being subject to any form of compensation whatsoever.


By signing the registration form, the candidates agree to comply with the Rules and Regulations in full and undertake to fulfil their obligations with respect to the Prizes won.


10° The contest cannot be held responsible for the material organization of the concerts offered to the winners.


11° In the event of a dispute, only the French text of the Rules and Regulations shall be considered valid.






Auditions will take place in several cities. Candidates may only audition once.

Registrations must be sent via the online form or by e-mail at:


Registrations must be submitted before March 17th, 2019

A €100 fee is required to register.

Although the program has no maximal duration, each candidate is expected to audition for 20 minutes and the jury reserves the right to interrupt the performance.




The selected candidates’ running order will be drawn by a contest board member, in the presence of the candidates.

The resulting running order will be valid for the entire contest.

The audition draw order can only be modified due to force majeure, subject to presentation of supporting documents.

Each candidate chooses his or her program among the proposed choice. This choice will be definitive for the entire duration of the contest.



The candidates will compete in the preliminary qualifying auditions following the running order determined by the draw.

One rehearsal will be organized by the contest.

The candidates will be allocated 20 minutes each and will have to choose their program among the proposed works.



The candidates will audition for the semi-finals following the running order determined by the draw.

Two rehearsals will be organized by the contest, one for the solo piece and the other with the official quartet.

The candidates will be allocated 40 minutes each and will have to choose their program among the proposed works.



The candidates will compete in the final audition following the running order determined by the draw.

One rehearsal will be organized by the contest.

The candidates will be allocated 60 minutes each and will have to choose their program among the proposed works.



The candidates will compete in the concerto final following the running order determined by the draw.

One practice session and one final rehearsal will take place with the orchestra.

Each candidate will perform the concerto chosen for him or her by the jury further to the semi-finals and the imposed piece.



Only the first three Grand Prix winners can claim the title of “Grand Prix Marguerite Long.” The three following prize winners will bear the title of “Lauréat du Concours International de Piano Marguerite Long " (Prize Winner of the Marguerite Long International Piano Contest).



The application form and all supporting documents as required must be submitted before March 17th, 2019 by e-mail.

In addition to the completed application form, please send:

            - A curriculum vitae

            - A high-definition recent photograph

            - A letter of recommendation from a professor or conservatory

            - A photocopy of your ID card or passport

            - Proof of registration fee payment via bank transfer.


A €100 registration fee (plus banking fee) is due in full and is non-refundable.

Registration :


Candidate Expenses

The candidates selected to compete in the semi-finals will get 50% of their travel expenses reimbursed (i.e. up to a maximum of €500 for a round trip to Paris) upon presentation of supporting documents.


1st grand prize Marguerite Long  25000€
2n grand prize  12000€
3rd grand prize  6000€
4th prize  4000€
5th prize  3000€
6th prize  2000€
DakApp Prize The 1st grand prize will receive a "Full Dakademy master program"
Warner Classics Prize  CD recording
Other prizes and engagements will be announced later.