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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 See the biography of Marguerite LONG
1880 - 1953 See the biography of Jacques THIBAUD
1927 - 2007 See the biography of Régine CRESPIN

The institution

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

  • Gérard Bekerman, President of the Foundation
  • François Henrot, Deputy General Secretary of the Foundation
  • Michel Boyon, Director
  • François Bujon de L'Estang, Director, Ambassador of France
  • Patrick Collard, Director
  • François Fournet, Director
  • Laurent Petitgirard, Director, Secrétaire perpétuel of the Academy of Fine Arts
  • Carine Rolland, Director, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Culture 
  • Augustin de Romanet, Director, Chairman and CEO of ADP Group
  • Bernard Volker, Director
  • Bernard Courtois, Director, Honorary Prefect, representing the Ministry of Interior
  • Charles Fries, Director, European Deputy Secretary General CSDP and crisis response (CSDPCR), representing for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Julie Rosenkranz, Director, Heritage and Contemporary Music Officer at the Ministry of Culture, representing the Ministry of Culture
  • Ginevra Ruspoli de La Rochefoucauld General Manager of the Foundation




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