Rules and regulations


Because of the Covid-19 health crisis and in order to avoid large gatherings of contestants in Epinal, we have decided that the first round would exceptionally be held online.

The new format means that contestants will be required to upload a video on YouTube or Vimeo of themselves performing the first-round program, and to send us the link until February 6, 2021 (at the latest) via e-mail to the following address :

The videos will be then viewed by the jury and the results of this first round will be published on our Facebook page and website. The list of the competitors accepted for the second round will come out on February 15, 2021.

The new dispositions will take place as such :

  • February 4, 2021 : deadline for application and program change
  • February 6, 2021 : deadline for sending us the video-link of the first round
  • February 15, 2021 : the list of competitors accepted for the second round will come out on our Facebook Page and website (25 to 30 contestants will be accepted for the second round)
  • March 6, 2022 : Arrival of the competitors, accepted for the second round, in Epinal. The contestants who required to be hosted by families will, then, meet their host families
  • March 6, 2022 : The competition piano is tested by the contestants
  • March 7, 8, and 9, 2022 : Second round
  • March 10 and 11, 2022 : Semi-final
  • March 12, 2022: Rehearsal of the finalists with the orchestra
  • March 13, 2022: Final with the Metz National Orchestra

Important notice :

  • Although the first round is sent through a video, the required music program of the competition stays the same, in particular the one concerning the first two rounds.
  • The competitors must make sure that their recorded video remains all the time on YouTube or Vimeo until the results come out on February 15, 2021.
  • The video-recording of the first round must be recent (less than a year) and should not be edited. The competitor’s hands and face must be clearly seen. Due to the present circumstances, it is possible to send one or two recordings, performed at different dates and different places.
  • In case a competitor, registered before December 19, 2020, would refuse this new organization and want his registration-fee back, he must let us know and e-mail us : until January 8, 2021 at the latest. Beyond this date, it will be impossible to be reimbursed.
  • All the same, any competitor who would not send the link of his video in time (deadline : February 6, 2021) would be disqualified.
  • The competition might always be cancelled at any moment, due to sanitary conditions or government decision, or in case of unsufficient applications.

I – Practical organization

1. The 28th Epinal International Piano Competition will be held from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th March 2021, in Epinal. It is open to pianists born after 28th March 1990, and before 20th March 2005.

2. Registration will be closed on 15th February 2021, or earlier once the total number of registered contestants reaches 90. Registration forms that are received after February 15th 2021 will not be taken in consideration.

3. The 2021 competition might still be cancelled due to sanitary conditions or government decision, or in case of unsufficient applications. In that case, the application fees would be given back.

4. A registration fee of 110 € (not including banking costs and not refundable) must be transferred at the moment of registration. This transfer must be identified with the name of the contestant.

5. Contestants must register online on this page before 15th February 2021, by sending the following documents:
– copy of identity card or passport,
– curriculum vitae in French or English,
– a recent artistic photo in HD,
– receipt of the registration fee.

All changes of program must be requested by e-mail at (no program changes will be accepted after 22th February 2021).

6. The contestants must present themselves at the Théâtre Municipal d’Epinal, rue François Blaudez, to confirm their arrival in Epinal and to officialise their participation in the competition, on Friday 19th March 2021 between 01:00 and 05:00 pm. They must present an identity card : either a passport or a national identity card. The contestants will participate in a draw to determine the playing order for the first 3 rounds.

7. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid for by the contestant. However, free accommodation with host families is possible exclusively for the contestant, if requested at the moment of registration and according to availability. The contestants who have requested accommodation with host families and who will arrive before 19th March, must notify the competition office ( as well as the host family as soon as possible.

8. A practice piano will be made available in the homes of the host families or at the Conservatory. Each contestant will be allowed to play the competition piano for 5 minutes, upon completion of their registration on Friday 19th March, from 01:00 pm.

II – The Competition details

1. The competition consists of 4 rounds which are open to the public. The first 3 rounds are eliminatory. The first round will take place from Saturday, 20th March to Monday, 22th March ; the second round will take place on Tuesday, 23th March and Wednesday, 24th March, and the semi-final round will take place on Friday, 26th March. At the end of the semi-final round, the jury will choose 4 finalists. A rehearsal with the accompanying Orchestra is scheduled for the finalists on Saturday, 27th March. The final round will take place on Sunday, 28th March 2021.

2. The Jury is composed of 7 international personalities from the music world. The President of the Jury holds the deciding vote, should there be an equal number of votes. The Jury’s decisions cannot be questioned or appealed.

3. The Jury may interrupt the performance of a work in case the contestant’s playing is clearly insufficient, or if the time limit has been exceeded.

4. Prizes

First Grand Prize Epinal la Belle Image

Second Prize du Conseil Régional Grand Est

Third Prize du Conseil Départemental des Vosges

Fourth Prize de la Caisse d’Epargne

Additional prizes will be awarded by the Jury :
Contemporary Music Prize of SACEM for the best performance of the piece by Guillaume Connesson in the semi-final round
Prize of “Jeunesses Musicales de France” for the best French contestant
Audience Prize attributed by the audience for the best interpretation of the Concerto.
The Jury is not obliged to award all the prizes.

Winners of the competition will also have the benefit of playing at festivals such as : Festival Musicorum de BruxellesConcerts Classiques d’Epinal, Rencontres Internationales de Musique de Mirecourt, Musique Espérance Saint-Dié, Musique à RemiremontFestival Bach de Toul

5. Contestants in the first and second rounds may receive a certificate attesting to their participation in the competition.

6. The Competition’s public rounds may be broadcast live and/or re-broadcast by radio, television or Internet. The rounds may also be recorded and/or filmed for reproduction on various formats (CD, DVD, etc.). In keeping with the Competition’s reputation, the contestants give the Competition the right to record or film a performance, to reproduce it or have it reproduced on any format and to broadcast it by any and all means throughout the world. This transfer of rights is valid for a period of 50 years from the moment of the performance.

7. Entering the competition entails the acceptance of its rules and procedures ; the French text stands as legal reference.