In its first 10 years, the International Piano Competition of Lyon (France) has attracted about 600 competitors from nearly 50 countries. It is a wonderful festival of concerts and master class at the heart of the City of Lyon. On the banks of the Rhône River, Lyon is one of the largest and oldest cities of France, with a rich cultural and economic life. The Competition is a member of the Alink Argerich network.

Edition 2018

A week of classical festival at the heart of Lyon; a Competition Prize Money of 15,000€.


Program to prepare for the competition.


List of Set Works for the Final.


Rules & Regulations.


Members of the international jury.


Homstay accommodations can be offered.

Our Team

About the organizers.


Our generous business partners.


Presentation of the Orchestra.

Previous editions

Please visit our previous vers of our website to see all pictures and videos from last years.

News and results

All the news and results of the contest.


We speak about us...

Program to prepare - 2018

  • Preselection Round: A 20-minute maximum program (sent on DVD, CD or YouTube) made of an original work by J.S. Bach and two studies at the candidate's choice. Those pieces may be performed in next rounds’ free programs;

  • First Round: Free Program of 15 to 18 minutes, made of works at the candidate's choice. Please note that all rounds in front of the jury, from the First to the Finale Rounds, must be performed from memory, with the exception of contemporary music;

  • Semi-Finale: Free Program of 22 à 25 minutes, made of works at the candidate's choice, different from the First Round;

  • Finale-Recital: Free Program of 45-50 minutes, made of works at the candidate's choice different from previous rounds, including one or more pieces by Alexander Scriabin and the first movement of the chosen concerto among the 2018 list of concertos posted on the website, accompanied by a professional pianist on the second piano;

  • Finale-Concerto: Concerto chosen by the candidate among the 2018 list posted on the website, accompanied by an orchestra.

Rules 2018

1. The International Piano Competition of Lyon is organized by Grand Prix International de Piano de Lyon (GPIPL), a non-profit organization registered under French law as “association loi de 1901”.

2. The 10th International Piano Competition of Lyon is open to all pianists of any nationality between the age of 15 and 33.

3. The deadline for registration by postal service is May 5, 2018, the postmark being taken as proof. Online registration or by email is possible until May 8, 2018 12pm.

4. All candidates under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who will be fully responsible for the minor throughout the competition period. If the adult is not a parent of the candidate, a parent's signed authorization must be joined to the registration package.

5. The registration is done via email by sending the complete file to the address:; or by Internet on the website; or by postal service (see the Registration form). Candidates must complete the online registration form and provide the following files by May 8, 2018 12pm:

  • - CV in English or French (PDF format);
  • - A high definition picture, max 2 MB (JPEG format);
  • - A copy of the passport (PDF format);
  • - The complete program of all pieces, with playing times (PDF format);
  • - Proof of registration payment (PDF format);
  • - The scanned passport of parent/adult supervisor if the applicant is a minor under 18 (PDF format).

6. A registration fee of €100 is to be paid either by transfer (International Transfer) to the following bank account:

  • - IBAN Code : FR76 1027 8073 1200 0205 8310 119
  • - Recipient: Grand Prix International Piano de Lyon
    Address: Credit Mutuel
    34, rue du Wacken
    Strasbourg (France)
    or by PayPal on the website, or by bank check (for French residents only) to the order of Grand Prix International Piano de Lyon.

7. Competition officials reserve the right to request additional information from any candidate.

8. The application will only be accepted and confirmed after receipt of the registration fee.

9. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the candidates. However, candidates may request, at the time of registration, to be hosted free of charge in a host family, depending on availability (See Registration form).

10. Candidates are solely responsible for their visa applications. An invitation letter to the competition can be issued upon request. Visa applications must be sent directly to the relevant French embassy or consulate.

11. The organizer (Grand Prix International de Piano de Lyon - GPIPL) is insured for accidents occurring to participants during the period of the competition, but this insurance does NOT in any case cover the parents or accompanying persons. Candidates are advised to check their personal insurance and that of accompanying persons to ensure proper coverage outside the competition.

12. All pieces must be played from memory, except for contemporary music.

13. Candidates may include in their programs the works performed in their preselection.

14. All candidates selected for the semi-final will receive a Certificate of participation.

15. Candidates have the possibility to change their program of selected pieces until May 15, 2018.

16. The timing of the works is mandatory.

17. The jury reserves the right to stop candidates’ performances if they exceed the expected playing time.

18. The jury will consist in internationally-renown professionals: concert pianists, conductors, professors, artistic agents, producers, etc. If a candidate is a pupil of a jury member, the latter may not vote for him/her.

19. The names of candidates’ teachers do not appear in the program for the jury.

20. The jury has sole responsibility to award, or not, the prizes, with the exception of the Audience Award (“Prix du public”).

21. The jury’s decisions are final.

22. In case of a tie, the vote of the chairman of the jury is deciding.

23. All events are open to the public, subject to availability.

24. In case of withdrawal, candidates are requested to notify Competition officials to the email address:

25. Competitors are required to participate to all interviews, videos, and/or promotional events of the Competition. It is mandatory for all finalists to attend the Gala Evening and Award Ceremony.

26. Competitors agree to forfeit all recording, broadcasting, distribution and resale rights of any kind to their performances at the Competition in favor of the organizer, for an unlimited period of time. They agree to release all rights regarding the future use of recordings of their performances. A copy of the recording may be given to competitors that have previously provided a USB key (4 GB minimum).

27. The registration fee will not be refunded or postponed under any circumstances.

28. Participation in the Competition constitutes acceptance by the candidate/competitor of all the rules and regulations contained herein.

29. Failure to comply with the rules or conditions of participation may result in the competitor’s disqualification.

30. Under French Law, it is illegal to use photocopies of the scores (Law of 11/3/57 Penal Code, Article 425).

31. In case of discrepancies between translations, the French version of the Rules and Regulations shall prevail.

32. The present rules and regulations may be subject to change without prior notice.

Planning - 2018

i. By Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 (12pm): Online Registration and Preselection Round. A 20-minute maximum program – sent on DVD, CD or YouTube – made of an original work by J.S. Bach and two studies at the candidate's choice.
Short-listed candidates (maximum 56) will receive by mail the running-order for the First Round.

ii. Saturday, June 30, 2018: Public Master Class by members of the jury. Registrations are open to all students of the Conservatoire of Lyon.
Arrivals: Candidates are expected on the eve of their First Round.

iii. Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 5pm: Opening Concert of the 10th International Piano Competition of Lyon by members of the jury and invited artists.

iv. Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July, 2018: First Round. Short-listed candidates will present an individual program of 15 to 18 minutes.

v. Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Semi-Final. 12 candidates will be selected to present an individual program of 22 to 25 minutes.
At the end of the 12 semi-finalists, a public concert will be performed by a jury member, followed by the announcement of the semi-final results.

vi. Thursday, July 5, 2018: Final-Recital. The 6 finalists will perform a 45-50 minute recital, including one or more pieces by Alexander Scriabin and the first movement of the chosen concerto (See 2018 list of concertos on the website, accompanied by a professional pianist on the second piano.
Master Class for non-finalist candidates.

vii. Friday, July 6, 2018: Final-Concerto with Orchestra (Gala Evening): The 3 selected finalists will perform their entire concerto, introduced the day before.
Gala Evening includes: Jury vote, public vote for the "Audience Award", awarding of the prizes by the sponsors, announcement of the "Coups de cœur " of the festivals, meeting with the artistic directors for the engagements of concerts, cocktail for the VIP guests, the jury members, host families and candidates.

At the end of the first round, the Alink-Argerich Foundation will offer a special reception to all participants, while they are awaiting the results of the first round . All participants are kindly invited to attend."Gustav Alink (co-founder/director of the Alink-Argerich Foundation) will be present himself to greet the participants and to talk with them. July 3, 2018 at 18 pm at Conservatory

Jury 2018

Welcome by the Founder

I would like to welcome our jury members, all of them distinguished musicians, who take on a great responsibility. They gather for this task, which is so delicate, with the experience of having run international competitions in their own countries. However difficult, this task brings moments of pure delight to all of us, who are passionate about discovering new musical talents.
- Svetlana Eganian, Founder & Artistic Director

President of jury

Bruno RIGUTTO (France)

Bruno Rigutto graduated from the Conservatory of Paris where he studied the piano in the class of Lucette Descaves, chamber music with Jean Hubeau as well as composition and orchestra direction.

Rigutto quickly became laureate of several competitions, Marguerite Long in Paris and Tchaikovsky in Moscow, presided by Emil Gillels. At the age of seventeen, he met Samson François who will mentor Rigutto for ten years.

Rigutto immediately began an international career, invited by the renowned conductors: Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Pretre, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Bernstein, Zdenek Macal, Serge Baudo, Kurt Masur, Marc Soustrot, Antonello Allemandi, Laurent Petitgirard.

Rigutto is also a promoter of chamber music, in which he draws the material for his musical research. His partners have been Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Arto Noras, Yo Yo Ma, Barbara Hendricks, Michel Portal, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Patrice Fontanarosa, Brigitte Engerer, Laurent Korcia, Marc Coppey, Henri Demarquette, Dong Suk Kang , Alexander Kniazev, Augustin Dumay, et les Quatuors Debussy et Modigliani.

His discography is significant. He has recorded about 40 albums for DECCA, EMI, FORLANE, DENON, LYRINX, and received several “Grand Prix du Disque” and a “Victoire de la Musique”, which recognize outstanding musical performances.

Conductor and composer, he spearheads several film and theatre music, staged by Bernard Murat.

Teaching is an important part of Rigutto’s life. He has taught for over 20 years at the Conservatory of Paris, where he succeeded to Aldo Ciccolini. He taught to many young soloists who pursue an international career: Kotaro Fukuma, Romain Descharmes, Guillaume Coppola, Etsuko Hirose, Lise De La Salle, Claire-Marie Le Guay, Romain Herve, François Dumont, Hélène Tysman… In addition to Summer Academies (e.g., Nice, MusicAlp, etc), he is regularly invited to animate Masterclasses across Europe and in China, South-Korea and Japan (e.g., Toho Gakuen College, Nagoya). He currently teaches at the School Alfred Cortot and give Masterclasses to the Schola Cantorum.

Rigutto has been awarded the “Légion d’Honneur” in 2007.


Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons. Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and performed in important halls. Since 2010, she is playing regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya in Japan.

Alink-Yamamoto plays solo and is also active in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompaniment. Since 2012, she forms a duo with German Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Gericke, which gives Lieder-recitals in Europe and Japan.

Apart from her performances, Alink-Yamamoto is also busy as a piano teacher. She has given lessons and masterclasses in Europe, Japan and the U.S.A.

Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine “Chopin” of Japan. She also made large reports and interviews about the major International piano competitions in the world, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan, the Sydney Competition in Australia and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel.

Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 16 years. She has been invited as a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in Brazil, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and the U.S.A., and she frequently advises young pianists and competition organizers.

Edward AMBARTSUMYAN (Armenia)

Edward Ambartsumyan was born in 1965 in Erevan (Armenia). As a pianist, he graduated from the National Conservatory of Erevan, where he received the degrees of “Composition” (1992) and of “Opera and symphonic orchestra conductor” (1993). He was a laureate of USSR’s 1988 Young Composers Competition in Moscow.

From 1989 to 1993, Ambartsumyan led, as principal conductor, the State Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and became conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio-Television of Armenia in 1991.

Simultaneously, Ambartsumyan ran the National Opera Orchestra where he conducted "La bohême", "Carmen", "Rigoletto", as well as such ballets as "Spartacus", "the Rite of Spring" and "the Firebird".

Ambartsumyan was appointed conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Bryansk in 1993, which later became the Symphonic Orchestra of Bryansk Governorate, with which he performed tours across Europe and Russia.

He is recognized in 2005 as “Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation” and is regularly invited by renowned symphonic orchestras of Russia, Belorussia, Armenia and Europe.

Edward Ambartsumyan is referenced in the World Anthology of "Names of the 21th Century" by the International Centre of Biographies at Cambridge University (UK).

Paolo BAGLIERI (Italia)

Paolo Baglieri is one of the most prominent personalities of his generation. Acclaimed as “a pianist that perfectly mixes his personal view with the composer’s ideas”, he is the winner of many international piano competitions. He has performed in Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Palestine, Israel and Chile for over 300 concerts in some of the most important concert halls: Taormina, Catania, Lucca, Rome, Turin, Pistoia, Bologna, Verona, Castle of Galeazza, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Brussels, Castle d’Ursel, Haifa, Jerusalem, Madrid, Santiago of Chile among others.

Baglieri has been piano professor at the Conservatory of Music of Jerusalem and he taught in Pavia and Conservatories throughout Italy. Invited as jury member of international piano competitions, at Treviso International Piano Competition and Paderewski International Piano Competition, among others. Currently he holds the position as President and Artistic Director of the prestigious Italian academy Talent Music Master Courses of Brescia and President of the VeronaMusicFest.

Born in Italy in 1984 and graduated at Catania Conservatory, he took his following degrees at “Codarts – University of Arts” of Rotterdam and at Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur de Musique, de Danse et d’Art Dramatique “Schola Cantorum” of Paris. Major influences in his musical development were studies with Pavel Gililov, Gabriel Kwok, Benedetto Lupo, Boris Petrushansky, and Sergio Perticaroli.

Yuri DIDENKO (Russia)

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko, Associate Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory has performed solo recitals and collaborated with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Austria.

Mr. Didenko is a winner and prizewinner of numerous competitions in Great Britain, Italy, USA, Belgium. In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award “For Special Achievements in Culture”.

Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. In his class many talented students who are winners of various international competitions.

Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works. He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio. Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan, UAE, Germany, Spain, Malta, Italy, USA, South Korea, and China. He gives master classes for children and students. Such communication with the growing generation of young musicians allows him to select for his class of talented students. He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions in various categories, from children to adults (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Malta, Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey, Spain, Israel. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmaninov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation. In 2014 he was appointed a Vice-president of the International Rachmaninov society (Germany). From 2015 he is guest professor of College of Music in Dezhou University (China). Yuri Didenko is also the organizer of the Rachmaninoff competition in Moscow. The British magazine Pianoforte referred to his performances as»bold, open, powerful, and technically accomplished old-school virtuosity.» The Belgian newspaper La Semaine d’Anvers wrote of him as a «brilliant pianist» and mentioned his «large and bright sonority» as well as dynamism. His concerts in USA were highly appraised by the press. «Didenko captured the hearts of the audience when he performed several selections by Sergei Rachmaninov».

Svetlana EGANIAN (France)

Svetlana EGANIAN was trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow with renowned professors such as Bella Davidovich (1st Prize of the Chopin Competition of Warsaw in 1949) and Zinaida Ignatieva, disciple of Samuel Feinberg, contemporary and friend of Alexander Scriabin.

Winner of four First Prizes (soloist-concertist, chamber musician, teacher and accompanist-partner of the opera singers) awarded by a jury composed of distinguished members of the Russian School: Tatiana Nicolaeva, Dmitry Bashkirov, Evgeny Malinin, Lev Naoumov and Sergey Dorenski, she moved to France, and since 1981, teaches at National Conservatory of Lyon.

In 1990, she founded the International Summer Academy "Appassionata". Passionate about music and the discovery of talents, she spends much of her time with young pianists from around the world and gives masterclasses and concerts for the benefit of various institutions. Artistic director of the "Alizés" Academy of Music in Rabat, Morocco, for 5 years, she still leads an educational and artistic action in Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, Martinique, Russia, Lithuania and Italy.

At the same time, she pursues her concert career and gives numerous concerts in France and abroad with her faithful partners: Mark Drobinsky (cello), Georges Wanis (tenor), Yolande Kouznetsov (piano duet with 4 hands), François Durand ( alto). She performed under the direction of Maestros such as Jean-Luc Balthazar (Belgium), François Durand (France), Edward Ambartsumyan (Russia), Christian Fitzner (Germany) and has also collaborated with other renowned musicians such as Dong-Suk Kang (violin), Hartmut Rohde (viola), Michael Wolf (double bass) and cellists Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller and Young Chang Cho.

Her various recordings (Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Scriabine) have been praised by the media (4 Stars in the “World of Music” and one “Diapason d'Or”): "... her impeccable virtuosity, her impressive technique, coupled with a clarity of vision and a great sensitivity allow her to go to the heart of the soul of the works." Michel le Naour (The World of Music).

Anxious to create an emulation between talented young pianists, she creates the International Piano Competition of Lyon in 2009, which within a few years has attracted to Lyon an increasing number of the highest-level candidates, coming from around the world. Ms. EGANIAN is also invited as a jury member in several prestigious competitions in Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Lithuania and Belgium, where she represents Lyon.

Philippe RASKIN (Belgium)

Belgian pianist Philippe Raskin’s performances have been illustrated as a “model of radiant authority (...), solar, generous, committed and under control (MDM, La Libre Belgique) and he plays “with an impressive confidence” (JK, Mundo Clasico).

Having studied at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Brussels) and Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia (Madrid) with renowned pedagogues such as Dmitry Bashkirov, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, and Emanuel Krasovsky, he was a prizewinner at many international competitions including International Piano Competition of Lyon and “Spanish Composers” International Piano Competition in Madrid.

He has also performed many recitals, as part of chamber groups and as a soloist with orchestras all over the world and is invited regularly to give masterclasses and to be part of the jury in numerous international piano competitions.

From 2016, Philippe Raskin is also the artistic director of the “Resonances Musique de Chambre” Festival in France and began teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Philippe is the artistic director of the César Franck International Piano Competition (Brussels) and since 2017, he is also a faculty member of the International Piano Competition of Brescia (Italy).

Ilja SCHEPS (Germany)

Russian pianist Ilja Scheps was born in 1956 and lives in Germany, where he teaches at the University of Music and Dance of Cologne, campus of Aachen. He studied the piano at the Conservatory of Moscow, where he later became a teacher.

From 1982 to 1992, he is mainly soloist at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow. He is invited to perform in the USA, Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Spain, Hungary and Turkey.

In 1992, Scheps relocated to Germany, where he was invited as a professor in the Academies of theatre and music of Rostock, Detmold and Darmstadt.

In 2003, Scheps answered to the call of the University of Music and Dance of Cologne, which appointed him professor of piano and chamber music on the Aachen campus, of which he is also a Board member.

Furthermore, he started to lead classes of international master for pianists, including the Landesmusikakademie NRW, and is regularly invited as a member of jury for renowned international competitions.

Since 2006, Ilja Scheps and his colleague Andreas Frolich preside over the international jury of the International Piano Competition Amadeo. In 2015, they created in Aachen the MozArte Piano International Competition. In 2009, he was also a member of the jury of the Chopin international competition of Darmstadt and was appointed in 2011 to the jury of the Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition, by the Goethe-Institut of China. In addition, Scheps was invited as a Guest Professor in several universities of China.

Ilja Scheps and his wife Tamara - also pianist and piano teacher - are the parents of piano virtuoso Olga Scheps et Anna Scheps. The Russian maestro has performed several times with his daughters.


Nobuyoshi SHIMA, Piano Accompanist

Born in Hokkaido (Japan), Nobuyoshi Shima began to study the piano when he was 4 year old and began his interest for composing at a young age. Shima-san eventually earned PhD in music composition from Tokyo University of Fine-Arts and Music (Department Geidai), where Henriette Puig-Roget used to teach after her career of Accompaniment Professor at the Conservatory of Paris and Choir Master at the Opéra National de Paris. Under her teaching, he learned the basis of choir direction and the French concept of “musicien complet”. Therefore, he decides to relocate to France.

In France, Monsieur Shima takes the piano accompaniment cursus of Michel Tranchant at the National Conservatory of Lyon and earned the degree of Accompaniment in 2007.

In 2009, Shima is Laureate at the Concours International d’interprétation de la mélodie française of Toulouse with soprano Heather Newhouse. With the latter and Solenn Le Trividic, Shima pursues Lied masterclasses at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in 2010-2012. His passion for vocal music allowed him to work with Udo Reinemann, Peter Schreier, François Le Roux, Margreet Honig, Mariella Devia, Maria Bayo, Françoise Pollet, Helmut Deutsch, Hartmut Höll, Markus Hadulla, Alain Garichot, entre autres...

Currently, Nobuyoshi Shima is a composer, accompanist at the National Conservatory of Lyon, Musical Director and Choir Master at the Pôle Lyrique d’Excellence of Cécile De Boever, Choir Master at Centre de la Voix Rhône-Alpes, Editor-Translator at Tokyo-based music publisher Nihongakufu-Shuppansha.

Shima regularly performs for Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Saint-Etienne, SPIRITO, Académie internationale de la musique française Michel Plasson, Académie de chœurs et d’orchestre de l’Abbaye de Sylvanès, Concours international de chant lyrique de Mâcon, among others.

Comme pianiste-chambriste il a fondé en 2015 le Trio ALPHORN avec Cécile DE BOEVER (soprano) et David GUERRIER (cor et trompette) soutenu par l’Agence Rameau de Vincent MOREL.


Host family (free of charges)

PIf you are admitted at the first round, after having succeeded the first examination, please contact M. Jérôme Brossette by e-mail :, our host family network manager.
The applicant will be host according to availability.


- Auberge de jeunesse HI (hostelling international)
41 montée Chemin neuf, 69005 Lyon
+33 (0)4 78 15 05 50

- Centre international de séjour de Lyon (international youth hostel of Lyon)
103 Bd des Etats Unis, 69008 Lyon
+33 (0)4 37 90 42 42

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Our team

Svetlana Eganian – Founder and Artistic Director

Svetlana is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Competition, as well as the Honorary President of our non-profit organisation. She graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Laureate of no less than four First Prizes from the Russian school, she settled down in France and has been teaching at the Lyon CNSMD (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse) since 1981. She is deeply involved with the discovery of young talents and leads teaching and artistic efforts internationally. In addition, she pursues her career as a concert pianist, both in France and abroad.
In 2009, she founded the International Piano Competition of Lyon, which attracts a growing number of quality candidates from all over the world. Svetlana Eganian is also invited as a member or president of prestigious juries in Italy, Germany, Spain, Lituania and Belgium.

Yolande GALLAY-KOUZNETSOV | Co-directrice artistique

Pianiste concertiste, lauréate de concours internationaux, compositrice; sa maitrise des langues (français, anglais, russe) facilite la communication avec les candidats. Son expérience des concours internationaux lui permet de mieux comprendre les besoins et les attentes des jeunes participants.
Parmi ses centres d’intérêts l’illustration, le jazz et la composition; ses pièces sont éditées aux éditions Lemoine, Delrieu et Soldano.
Grâce à la dimension internationale du concours de Lyon, c’est une occasion pour elle de rencontrer de jeunes artistes du monde entier et de leur faire découvrir sa ville natale.

Jérôme BROSSETTE | Vice-président | Benefactor

Jérôme Brossette est Coordinateur du réseau d ’accueil. Né dans une famille d’industriels lyonnais, avocat à la retraite, Jérôme Brossette a été élevé dans un contexte musical. Pianiste amateur, intéressé par les musiques alliant tous les genres, il est notamment à l’origine de la mise en place du réseau d’accueil des candidats venant participer au Concours International de Piano de Lyon, et de la coordination, en liaison avec les familles hébergentes, des moyens de transport vers les différents sites des épreuves.

Pascal CHÉRON | Trésorier | Organisation Technique et photo | Benefactor

Né en Normandie dans une famille de mélomanes, j’ai toujours considéré la musique classique Comme un leitmotiv à l’épanouissement du bien être, le piano étant mon instrument de prédilection.
Membre fondateur du Concours International de Piano de Lyon avec Svetlana Eganian et coorganisateur de soirées Musicales avec l’association Appassionata, nous faisons tout pour promouvoir les jeunes talents.
Actuellement Président d’une société spécialisée dans les diagnostics immobiliers, je suis devenu tout naturellement mécène de l’évènement musical Lyonnais.

Jean-Jacques KARAGUEUZIAN | Sponsoring | Benefactor

Ancien élève diplômé de l’EM Lyon, Jean Jacques Karagueuzian a dès son jeune âge été amateur de musique, aussi bien classique que de jazz et lyrique.
Cet intérêt s’est traduit dès 1999 par le sponsoring de production de CD pour des musiciens réputés. Plus récemment, son action s’exerce au travers de la Fondation créée au nom de ses parents Berdjouhie et Kevork Karagueuzian pour promouvoir la formation musicale à l’attention des jeunes enfants et assister les jeunes musiciens en début de carrière par l’organisation de concerts et le mécènat du Concours international de Piano de Lyon.

Alain ROMANET | Sécurité | Benefactor

Fonctionnaire affecté au ministère de l’Intérieur où il a en charge la gestion du dialogue social, Alain Romanet consacre une grande partie de son temps libre à sa passion dévorante : la musique classique. Il organise régulièrement des concerts de musique de chambre où se croisent le talent et l’expérience de musiciens confirmés et de jeunes interprètes à qui il souhaite donner leur chance. Il désire tout naturellement mettre son dynamisme, son énergie et ses compétences au service du Concours International de Piano de Lyon.

Jacqueline CHEVALIER | Relations médias et partenaires

Jacqueline Chevalier a intégré l’équipe du concours en 2015. Enseignante, pianiste et passionnée de musique, a souhaité participer à la promotion des jeunes et brillants talents venus du monde entier, et apporter l’aide nécessaire à Svetlana

Guillaume FLAMAND | Secrétaire | Relations internationales

Guillaume Flamand a rejoint l’équipe du Concours après avoir assisté à sa quatrième édition, impressionné par le niveau exceptionnel des candidats. La musique et le piano sont deux piliers fondamentaux de sa passion pour l’art. En charge de la newsletter, il a intégré en 2013 le bureau de l’association en tant que Secrétaire. Il réalise également une partie des traductions afin de faciliter la communication avec nos parties prenantes internationales dont la langue d’échange est souvent l’anglais.

Jean-François MARZLOFF | Graphisme et infographie

Jean-François MARZLOFF a intégré l’équipe du concours en 2016.
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Concertos for 2019

Candidates can choose one of the following works for their Final:

J.S.Bach-Concerto N 1 d-moll BWV 1052

F.Chopin -Concerto N 1 e-moll op.11

F.Chopin-Concerto N 2 f-moll op.21

W.A.Mozart-Concerto N 21 C-dur K467

W.A.Mozart-Concerto N 23 A-dur K 488

R.Schumann -Concerto a-moll op.54

F.Liszt-Concerto N 1 Es -dur S 124

F.Liszt -Concerto N 2 A-dur S 125

L.V.Beethoven-Concerto N 3 c-moll op.37

L.V.Beethoven -Concerto N 5 Es-dur op.73

Saint-Saens -Concerto N 2 g-moll op.22

E.Grieg-Concerto a-moll

Orchestra for the Grand Final

Minsk Festival Orchestra

The MINSK FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA is composed of the best musiciens of the three main belarus orchestras : Minsk opéra orchestra, National Symphonic Orchestra as well as the orchestra of the radio-television. The national symphonic orchestra of belarus is one of the most elder institution of the former soviet union. Founded in april 1927, the first performance of the orchestra has been led by the the great russian composer R.Gluier, and the soloist was the famous austrian pianist

R. Gottlieb. En 1937, jeune, talentueux et très connu dans le monde entier, I. Mussin dirigea l’orchestre. Plusieurs maestros réputés se sont fait un plaisir de venir à Minsk pour le diriger, parmi lesquels K. Sanderling, K. Kondrashin, I. Temirkanov, D. Kitaenko, K. Tsekki, M. Ferrero, E. Mravinsky, G. Rozhdestvensky, C. Svetlanov, X. Yvaki, V. Gergiev et le compositeur A. Khachaturian. En outre, certains des plus grands solistes du XXe siècle ont joué avec l’orchestre, tels

Andrei Galanov, chef d’orchestre (Biélorussie)
Andrei Galanov est un chef d’orchestre reconnu internationalement pour son travail avec des orchestres de premier plan dans sa Biélorussie natale, en Russie et dans le monde entier.
Maestro Galanov est un chef invité de nombreux orchestres en tournée en Europe et en Asie. Il a notamment joué avec l’Orchestre de chambre de Provence en France, l’Orchestre du Teatro Marrucino en Italie et l’Orchestre symphonique philharmonique de Tokyo au Japon. Sa direction a été saluée par des publics en Belgique, en Angleterre, en Allemagne, en Irlande, en Espagne, en Italie, en Norvège, en Suisse et au Japon. Depuis dix ans, il est invité à se produire dans de nombreux festivals en France - Fêtes musicales de Savoie, Guil Durance et au prestigieux Festival Du Chateau à Chambéry, ainsi qu’au Grandi Dirrettori al Marrucino. en Italie.
Les temps forts de la saison 2014/2015 incluent deux nouvelles créations lyriques à l’opéra de Minsk, Carmen de Georges Bizet et la Dame de Pique de Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovski. Il dirige aussi la cinquième symphonie de Tchaïkovski à Porto Alegre au Brésil. En 2016, il a dirigé le ballet «Lac des cygnes» de Tchaïkovski à l’opéra national de Sofia. En 2017 ont eu lieu des concerts à Bruckner House à Linz (Autriche). Maestro Galanov est fréquemment invité à diriger l’Orchestre National Symphonique de Biélorussie avec qui il tourne en Europe en interprétant des œuvres orchestrales du répertoire symphonique et oratorio. Il a dirigé des orchestres lors de créations de compositeurs contemporains de son pays natal, la Biélorussie et de l’étranger. Il a dirigé la première mondiale de «Requiem pour Tchernobyl» de Bruno Letort, qu’il a ensuite enregistré avec Harmonia Mundi. Il figure sur de nombreux enregistrements de Harmonia Mundi, Radio France et Cube Music.
Depuis 1993, Galanov est le chef principal de l’orchestre de l’opéra de Minsk, Il élargit son répertoire d’opéra et d’opérette tout en travaillant au Théâtre musical d’État de Rostov en Russie de 1999 à 2003. Son répertoire d’opéra comprend aujourd’hui tous les principaux opéras notemment de nombreux compositeurs russes ainsi que Bizet, G. Puccini, W. Mozart et d’autres.

Il a reçu sa qualification en direction symphonique et de l’opéra de l’Académie nationale de musique de Biélorussie en 1995 sous la direction du professeur A. Engel’brekht. En parallèle, il enseigne la direction à l’Académie nationale de musique de Biélorussie et au Conservatoire d’État Rachmaninov à Rostov, en Russie. Andrei Galanov a plusieurs distinctions en reconnaissance de son talent, notemment la médaille de FranciskSkorina

Awards granted for this edition

1st award - 6000€

2nd award - 3000€

3rd award - 2000€

4th award - 1000€

5th award - 700€

6th award - 300€

Special Award À.Scriabine - 300€

Public Award - 1000€

Results 2018

  1. 1st prize and public award: Elizaveta Kliuchereva - Russia
  2. 2nd prize: Konstantin Khachikyan - Russia
  3. 3rd prize: Young Sun Choi - Korea
  4. 4th prize: Kristina Zelenina - Russia
  5. 5th prize: Eunhee Baek - Korea
  6. 6th prize: Brian Le - USA. Ex-æquo
  7. 6th prize: Karlis Gunars Tirzitis - Lettonia
  8. Special prize À. Scriabin: Konstantin Khachikyan - Russia


Winners selected to play for the final with orchestra:

  1. Konstantin Khachikyan - Russia
  2. Elizaveta Kliuchereva - Russia
  3. Young Sun Choi - Korea


Candidates selected for the final:

  1. Kristina Zelenina - Russia
  2. Brian Le - USA
  3. Eunhee Baek - Korea
  4. Konstantin Khachikyan - Russia
  5. Elizaveta Kliuchereva - Russia
  6. Young Sun Choi - Korea
  7. Karlis Gunars Tirzitis - Lettonia

Semi final results

First rounds of the international piano competition of Lyon have achieved.
Just after a coktail offered by the Alink Argerich Fundation, with the presence of Mr Gustav Alink, the results of the semi finale have been pronounced by Svetlana Eganian, President and artistic director of the competition.

For this trial, we will have 12 candidates:

  1. Kristina Zelenina - Russia
  2. Yannaël Quenel - France
  3. Brian Le - USA
  4. Junichi Ito - Japan
  5. Eunhee Baek - Korea
  6. Konstantin Khachikyan - Russia
  7. Minhee Won - Korea
  8. Ryutaro Susuki - Japan
  9. Elizaveta Kliuchereva - Russia
  10. Young Sun Choi - Korea
  11. Karlis Gunars Tirzitis - Lettonia
  12. Jean Jacques Bedikian - France

List of candidates for 2018

  1. Ai ISAWA - Japan
  2. Kyoungsun PARK - South Korea
  3. Zu-An Shen - Taïwan
  4. Timothy Chiang - Australia
  5. Yuelu Cui. - China
  6. Tongtong. Zhu - China
  7. Ryutaro Suzuki. - Japan
  8. Brian Le - USA
  9. Marija Bokor - Suisse
  10. Gabriela Abrahamyan - Armenia
  11. Herman Harrison - Australia
  12. Rolando Valdes - Mexico
  13. Kaito Kobayashi - Japan
  14. Aleksandr Maltsev - Russia
  15. Ayumi Nabata - Japan
  16. Hanna Yu - South Korea
  17. Qi Kong - China
  18. Vladimir Kuzin - Russia
  19. Eunhee Baek - South Korea
  20. Saeko Miyasho - Japan
  21. Konstantin Khachikyan - Russia
  22. Yu Zhou Zhang - England
  23. An-Chi Mai - Taïwan
  24. Danilo Mascetti - Italia
  25. Yun Chih Hsu - Taïwan
  26. Kristina. Zelenina - Russia
  27. Anna Mironova - Russia
  28. Mikhail Kovalev - Russia
  29. Young Sun Choi - South Korea
  30. Shih-Wei Huang - Taïwan
  31. Xizi Zhang - China
  32. Stanislava Kucherenko - Byelorussia
  33. Jean-Selim Abdelmoula - Swiss
  34. Salih Can Gevrek - Turquey
  35. Mayuko. Obuchi. - Japan
  36. Karlis Gunars - Tirzītis Latvia
  37. Tikhon Selivanov - Russia
  38. Jean-Jacques. Bedikian - France
  39. Igor. Stepanov - Russia
  40. Joon. Yoon - South Korea
  41. Ruben Kozin. - Russia
  42. Minhee. Won. - South Korea
  43. Junichi. Ito - Japan
  44. Sangwon Lee. - South Korea
  45. Yannaël. Quenel - France
  46. Elizaveta. Kliuchereva - Russia
  47. Justin Joon-Kee Min - Canada

Practical informations

Opening concert: July, the 1st 2018 at 5 p.m - Salle Debussy
Conservatoire de Lyon, 4 montée Cardinal Decourtray, 69005 LYON

Concert hommage à Pavarotti: July, 4th at 6p.m - Salle Debussy
Conservatoire de Lyon, 4 montée Cardinal Decourtray, 69005 LYON

Finale récital: July the 5th from 10a.m to 4p.m - Salle Debussy
Conservatoire de Lyon, 4 montée Cardinal Decourtray, 69005 LYON

Soirée de gala: July the 6th at 7h30p.m - Salle Molière
18 Quai de Bondy, 69005 Lyon

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