French violinist brings Thibaud back from the dead

Renaud Capucon has succeeded in reviving one of the more respected international competitions, the Long Thibaud, after it ran out of cash two years ago.

Founded in 1943 and named after a mediocre pianist and a fine violinist, the competition’s winners include Samson Francois, Dmitri Bashkirov, Jean-Philippe Collard, Philippe Entremont, Christian Ferras, Peter Frankl, György Pauk, Vladimir Spivakov, Cédric Tiberghien and Tamás Vásáry – an intriguing mix of French and East European talent.

Capucon will chair the jury of the revived competition this November.


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