Discover the dates and key moments in the history of the contest from 1943 to the present day.

2010 Creation of the Régine Crespin contest

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.

2008 «Les amis du Concours Long-Thibaud»

An association is created : «Les Amis du Concours Long-Thibaud». Vocation : to hear the expectations of the public and to answer them, and to accompany the new talents in their debuts.

2006 - 2007 Jean-Philippe SCHWEITZER as president

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.

New reformes in the organization of the contests. Separation of the administative part and the artistic part. A bill of transparency is adopted, the presence of the former sponsors is confirmed. The Banque Transatlantique of the CIC group and RTE, new sponsors, consolidate the financial support to the Foundation Long-Thibaud.

An artistic committee will be common to both instruments and will reflect the diversity of the jobs of the musical world.

The contest takes back a biennial rhythm.

The Foundation takes its part in the missions of public usefulness and works towards disadvantaged and handicapped people. To give the contest back to the public, the entry to the tests and to the concerts of the contest is free.

Aldo Ciccolini becomes the president of the jury of piano, Salvatore Accardo the president of the jury of violin.

2005 Tribute to Michèle Auclaire

Tribute to Michèle Auclair, First Great Prize of the first violin contest. She had played under Charles Munch.

2003  60e anniversary of the Contest

60e anniversary of the Contest, exceptional gala concert 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.


Death of Yehudi Menuhin. «Music became for him the soul of the world» (Marcel Landowski).

1998 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.

1996 Renforcement considérable de l’aide financière de la Ville de Paris.

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 Contest is placed under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacques Chirac.


From Asia arrive new (and often great) talents.


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.»


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.


Support of the Sanwa Bank who organizes a cycle of events in Japan (recitals and concerts with orchestra) during one week for the Great Prizes of piano and of violin.


It is necessary to reform the contest : separation of the two contests, the occurrence of which becomes three-yearly (third year : galaconcert of the laureates).

A network of host families is organized to welcome (free of charge) the foreign candidates. New recourses come from BNP (now BNP Paribas) and from the Japanese group Fuji Television Network.

1966 Death of Marguerite Long

Marguerite Long dies. The contests in the world are going to multiply, the concurrence is more and more severe.


Creation of the two foundations (Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud), «of public usefulness», with Louis Joxe (now minister of general De Gaulle) as president.


The contest gets the patronage of the French state.

1953 Death of Jacques Thibaud

Tragic death of Jacques Thibaud in a plane crash while he travelled to Japon for a big tour with his friend and pianist René Herbin. The contest is full of pain, Marguerite Long is shattered as the whole world.


The rush of candidates is the occasion to choose a biennial solution. With her great friend Louis Joxe, Marguerite Long gets from the USSR government the participation of soviet citizens. It is a new rush.


The «Jeunesses Musicales» organize concerts, Pathé Marconi recordings, many prizes are offered by the City of Paris, the City of Bordeaux (native town of Jacques Thibaud), the Prince Rainier of Monaco, the «Fondation de France», the SACEM.

1943 Création of the Long-Thibaud Contest

The Long-Thibaud Contest was created by the will of two famous artists during their lifes, in a very difficult period.

First national, the contest is rapidly noticed thanks to the talent of the two young musicians, Samson François and Michèle Auclair, who win the First Great Piano Prize and the Frirst Great Violin Prize.

The founders

Marguerite LONG
1874 - 1966 Voir la biographie de Marguerite LONG
1880 - 1953 Voir la biographie de Jacques THIBAUD
1927 - 2007 Voir la biographie de Régine CRESPIN

The institution

The Long-Thibaud-Crespin Contest : actor and witness of musical history.

  • Bernard Volker, president of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Foundation
  • François Fournet, treasurer
  • Bernard Courtois, prefect, representing the minister of Interior
  • Michel Olivier Dupin, representing the minister of Culture
  • Michel Boyon, conseiller d'Etat
  • Jean-Philippe Schweitzer
  • Patrick Collard
  • Jean-Claude Hulot
  • François Bujon de Lestang
  • Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper)
  • Renaud Capuçon

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The support may be given by a person or a company (private or public) meeting a part of the spending, either by offering a prize, or by paying advertisement, laureates' travels, etc.

  • Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
  • Sacem
  • Salle Gaveau
  • Ville de Nîmes
  • Ville de Bordeaux
  • SAS le prince Albert II of Monaco : For more than twenty years, the principality of Monaco has been supported the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition. Thanks to prince Rainier III first, then prince Albert II. The principality first offered the prize given for the best interpretation of the contemporary work, and now the prince crowns the laureate who have played a concerto in the best way.
  • Groupe Henner
  • Groupe Casino
  • Ecole normale de musique Comité Albert Roussel
  • Fondation Maurice Ravel : Créée en 1956, la Fondation Maurice Ravel sert la diffusion et l'exécution des œuvres du compositeur. Elle a également pour objet d'honorer la mémoire de Maurice Ravel, d'en perpétuer le souvenir, de gérer et de conserver les biens de toute nature ayant pu lui appartenir. Reconnue « d'utilité publique », elle a développé dès sa constitution des activités de soutien aux compositeurs et aux musiciens, notamment par l'intermédiaire des prix. Ce nouveau partenariat avec la Fondation Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud-Régine Crespin perpétue l'héritage de la Fondation Maurice Ravel et réaffirme son engagement auprès des talents de demain. Afin de récompenser la meilleure interprétation d'une œuvre de Maurice Ravel, un Prix de la Fondation Maurice Ravel sera remis à l'issue de la session piano du Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin. Pierre angulaire de l'univers ravélien, la Fondation Maurice Ravel poursuit aujourd'hui une stratégie de développement international. Créé en 2015 sous égide de la Fondation du Roi Baudouin (New York), le Maurice Ravel Foundation Fund appuie les actions de la Fondation outre-Atlantique. Une célébration est programmée pour 2018. Évènements musicaux et académiques permettront de retracer la longue tournée américaine entreprise par Maurice Ravel en 1928. Contact : contact(at)fondationmauriceravel.com 
  • Pianos Hanlet
  • Concerts Inventio

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Fuji Television Network

Fujisankei Communications Group is the first group of communicatin in Japan. As well as television and press (the network Fuji TV and the daily newspaper Sankei are the leading items), its activities increase to radio, publishing and musical and movie production. Fore more than 40 years, the Fuji Network has put a lot into cultural and artistic sponsoring.

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Réseau de Transport d'électricité 

The RTE is the administrator of the French network of transportation of electricity. Company of public service, its mission consists in exploitation, maintenance and development of the network of high and very high voltage. It is guarantor for good fonctioning and safety of the electric system.

RTE dispatches electricity between the French and European providers and the consumers, as well as for electricity dispensers (ERDF and the local companies of distribution) and for industrialists who are directly connected to the network.

With 100 000 km of lines (from 63 000 to 400 000 volts) and 46 cross-border lines, the network managed by RTE is the most important in Europe. RTE made a turnover of 4 126 millions euros in 2007 and employs about 8 300 salaried.

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  • to support the Long-Thibaud Foundation's activities
  • to help the French laureates and young composers
  • to contribute to the influence and the circulation of music in France and abroad

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