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After two days, the twenty candidates of the 57th Competition are now down to eight.

  • David MOLARD SORIANO • France • 31 (14h30 & 20h)
  • Deun LEE • South Korea • 32 (14h48 & 20h18)
  • Georg KÖHLER • Germany • 33 (15h06 & 23h36)
  • Yu SUGIMOTO • Japan • 30 (15h24 & 20h54)
  • Junping QIAN • China • 31 (16h02 & 21h32)
  • Simon CLAUSSE • France • 20 (16h20 & 21h50)
  • Chloé DUFRESNE • France • 29 (16h38 & 22h08)
  • Jiong-Jie YIN • China • 21 (16h56 & 22h26)

Candidates presented in random order for the semi-finals

The main innovation announced this year was the absence of eliminations after the first round.
Thus, all the candidates were able to compete in the first two rounds of the Competition, allowing the jury to hear them in two very different repertoires: excerpts from Joseph Hayden’s Symphonies No. 90 and No. 103 for the first round (Monday 13 September), and excerpts from Francis Poulenc’s Sinfonietta for the second round (Tuesday 14 September).

Rendezvous for the semi-finals

The eight candidates have an appointment tomorrow, Wednesday 15 September, for the semi-finals with the Orchestre national de Lyon (which is taking over from the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté)

  • At 2.30 pm in the Kursaal for the Oratorio semi-final, with the Chœur de l’Opéra de Dijon and the vocal company La Tempête.
    The candidates will have to work the orchestra on extracts from Elias by Felix Mendelssohn.
  • At 8 p.m. at the Théâtre Ledoux for the Opera semi-final, with seven soloists on stage (singers from the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot) and the orchestra in the pit. The programme will include extracts from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

2nd round © Yves Petit

Paul Daniel, Jury Chairman © Yves Petit