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The 2024 Prize List is online!

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Competition 2025

Make a note of the date now!
The 2025 competition will take place on 26 and 27 April.

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Marcq-en-Baroeul, one of only 4 towns in France with an international school, has supported the Pianissima International competition since its inception. It's right next to the city of Lille, so it's very easy to get to.

The competition was created in 2014, and Denis Simándy, who is also Artistic Director of the Clef de Soleil Festival, took over as director in 2019.

While it allows beginners and amateurs from the age of 5 to take part, in its higher and pre-professional categories it welcomes candidates of all nationalities and of a very high technical level.

A jury of musical personalities sits on the jury every year.
Since its creation, our jury presidents have been :
- Diane Andersen
- Eliane Reyes
- Gabriel Tacchino
- David Lively
- Sabine Weyer
- Vittorio Forte
- Cyprien Katsaris

Some of the prize-winners have since embarked on very successful professional careers, such as :
- Manon Barbé, 2018 winner
- Maxime Sauze, winner in 2019
- Chiyoon Han, winner 2022
- Li Ruirong, winner 2023

During the deliberations, a concert given by renowned artists is offered free of charge to the public. We were delighted to welcome :
- Tristan Raës
- Galina Ermakova
- Shani Diluka
- Vanessa Benelli-Mosell
- François Dumont
- Sabine Weyer
- Maxime Sauze

The 2024 Jury

Cyprien KATSARIS, President of the Jury




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The 2024 programme

This year we've completely redesigned the programme, so check it out now!

Concert offered during the proceedings on Sunday 04 February at 5.30 p.m.

Manon Barbé, pianist and winner of the 2018 Pianissima International competition


After completing a full course at the CRR in Lille with Alain RAËS, Manon BARBÉ became a student of
Bruno RIGUTTO at the École normale de musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. She entered the CNSM in Lyon in 2016, graduating in piano and pedagogy.
graduating in piano and pedagogy (Diplôme d'Etat). During these years, she trained with Dana
CIOCARlIE for chamber music and Laëtitia BOUGNOL for accompaniment.
Manon then went on to perfect her skills with Jean-Michel DAYEZ at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons, obtaining a
master's degree in piano in 2022.
A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, in 2018 she won first prize at the
Pianissima competition.

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On the programme


Nocturne opus 9 n°2 by Frédéric Chopin

Ballade No.1 by Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne opus 55 n°1 by Frédéric Chopin

Scherzo n°3 by Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne opus 48 n°1 by Frédéric Chopin