Just in: Famous competition is called off

Just in: Famous competition is called off


norman lebrecht

May 05, 2017

The international competition named after (Marguerite) Long, (Jacques) Thibaud and (Régine) Crespin was cancelled today for the second year running ‘for reasons beyond out control’.

It looks like this is the end of the road for what has long been the most important competition in France. It was founded by the pianist Marguerite Long in 1943 and was open to pianists, violinists and singers.


  • Ungeheuer says:

    Yet more cultural neglect and decay. Very sad.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    This is very sad indeed. This competition has helped launch many careers, and was always considered one of the most respected of the circuit since its inception. I am curious as to what led to this. In 1989, as a competitor, it was extremely difficult, very tight competition and many wonderful musicians forging new friendships. The jury was of the highest level, and the Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel were our places of performance. I do hope it will be resurrected to its former glory.

  • clarrieu says:

    Come on, for the moment it’s only about cancelling the (very recent) singing competition, which has no history at all, while the piano and violin competitions go back to 1943 ! Only if those get cancelled too someday, then you can talk of an “end of the road”…

  • Dave T says:

    For all the slanging these competitions get on this blog I should think that corks are popping. Good riddance, right?

  • Shirley bumpus says:

    I regret it. Hope piano and violin remain.