Lyon International Chamber Music Competition 2017

Publish Date: Jul 11, 2016

Deadline: Jan 15, 2017

This competition is a unique event, providing an opportunity to welcome some of the most eminent international figures of the classical music world. It is an asset for Lyon, and will enable our city to enhance its aura on the international music scene.”

Georges Képénékian, first Deputy-Mayor of Lyon Director of Culture and Heritage

Lyon International Chamber Music Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC). The Thirteenth Lyon International Chamber Music Competition (CIMCL) is for woodwind quintet. It is open to artists of all nationalities born after 19th April 1984. The competition will award 3 prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd), as well as a few special prizes. The competition will take place in Lyon, France, from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd April 2017.


  • Reto Bieri, clarinet, concertist and chambrist, director of Davos Festival
  • Song Lam YIU, oboe, Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Director of Hong Kong Wind Kamerata
  • Lencses Lajos, oboe, solist in Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Vincent Lucas, flute, solist in Orchestre de Paris, professor in Conservatoire supérieur de Paris
  • Robin O Neill, bassoon, solist in Philharmonia Orchestra, professor at Royal Academy of Music in London
  • Bruno Schneider, french hornist, concertist and chambrist, ex professor at Geneva High School and solist in Geneva Orchestra Nn The composition of the jury may change if one of the members is unable to attend.


The closing date for applications is postponed to January 15th 2017.

Candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Duly completed application form, specifying the works selected
  • Short curriculum vitae of the quintet as well as of each musician, in French or English
  • A recent photograph of the quintet (black and white, 300 dpi, size min. 10 cm x 15 cm)
  • Copy (100 dpi, jpg or pdf file) of identity card or passport of each musician
  • Application fee of 250 €

The application fee must be paid by international money order, payable to the CIMCL.

Any bank costs will be charged to the candidates. Please, specify the name of the quintet when you make the bank transfer for easier identification.


Only completed dossiers will be accepted. Candidates will be informed by e-mail of their admittance by the 8th February, 2017.


Candidates must pay for their travel and accommodation costs. Accommodation in rooms is offered in limited number. Attribution will prioritize geographic distance between interested candidates.


Candidates must register and present ID at the competition secretariat on Tuesday 18th April, 2017, between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lots will be drawn at 4pm to determine the order of play.


Rehearsal rooms will be available for candidates from 2pm on Tuesday 18th April and throughout the period of the competition. The competition organizers will provide a schedule to ensure equal use of rehearsal rooms.


The competition venue will be disclosed to candidates when participation is confirmed. All rounds will be open to the public. The jury reserves the right to interrupt the contestants’ performance or to select some movements from the pieces chosen. 


Candidates have to choose different works for each round.

QUALIFYING ROUND – April 19th, 20th

1 - One of the following works

  • Georges Onslow: Quintet n°3 in F major op. 81
  • Paul Taffanel: Quintet in G minor

These works are proposed in collaboration with Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de Musique Romantique Française de Venise (Italia).

2 - Set piece

  • György Ligeti: Bagatelles

SEMI-FINAL – 21st April

First compulsory step

1 - Set piece

  • Gilles Silvestrini: Quintet – creation. Delatour edition. (8’) Score available from February 2017

2 - One of the following works

  • Claude Arrieu: Quintet in C major
  • Darius Milhaud: La cheminée du Roi René
  • Henri Tomasi: Cinq danses profanes et sacrées
  • Jean Françaix: Quintette à vent n°1 (1948) or n°2 (1987)

Second compulsory step

3 - One of the following works

  • Karl Nielsen: Quintet op. 43 (1922)
  • August Klughart: Quintet in C major op. 79 (1898)
  • Giulio Briccialdi: Quintet in D major, op. 124 or Quintet in B♭ major, Series 10 No 2 or Quintet in B♭ major, Series 10 No.3

FINAL – 22nd April

Free concert program of 60 minutes maximum. Musical arrangements are accepted. Overall assessment of the candidates will include their ability to set a suitable concert program.


A total of 22.000 euro will be awarded to the prizewinners:

  • First prize: 10.000 euro
  • 2nd prize: 5.000 euro
  • 3rd prize: 3.000 euro
  • To be confirmed: other special prizes, a total value of 4.000 euro.

To be confirmed: Promotional video and special awards available from competition partners: NoMadMusic label, Yamaha, Bullukian Fundation.

The awards list may be modified by the organisers before the beginning of the competition. The prizes/awards will be attributed by the jury, except for the Public Award which will be attributed by the public by individual ballot during the finals and the Websurfers award which will be attributed by websurfers. Candidates will be informed of the details of those different awards with their admittance. The prizes/awards must be shared equally between the members of the quintet. Several professional engagements may be proposed to the winners. In particular the winners agree to honour those engagements. Dates will be given with the admittance.


The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Opéra de Lyon. Award winners must be present to receive their prizes and must play freely an excerpt from their competition program, as approved by the organisers of the concert. The concert will be recorded by France Musique for broadcast in May 2017 (Gaëlle Le Gallic programme). The winners agree to offer a recital to CIMCL during the year following the competition. Accommodation and travel expenses will be paid for by CIMCL.


Université Lumière Lyon 2 – Semi-final and final round

Opéra de Lyon – Winners’ concert

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