French cancel major violin competition

French cancel major violin competition


norman lebrecht

January 31, 2021

The Concours international Long Thibaud Crespin, which should have been held in November, has been called off due to the Covid pandemic. The artistic director is Renaud Capucon.

Clearly, the advice from the French government is that Coronavirus will continue to suppress musical activity for the rest of 2021.


This year’s other major contest, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, is scheduled for November.


  • violinist says:

    To make a fast buck the Chopin competition continues…no sense of responsibility to keep people safe….

  • Violist says:

    Mature move. Other competitions will have to follow this as an example. Ahem Queen Elisabeth.

    • violinist says:

      What makes it a mature move? The whole world
      is under some sort of quarantine and here we have
      a violist with his head stuckck up………….pushing for competitions which in the current state of world affairs mean absolutely nothing.

      • Steven Holloway says:

        I rather think Mr/Ms Violist refers to the cancellation of the LTC as a ‘mature move’. Where was your head when you read this post and comments?

  • David K. Nelson says:

    You’d sure like to think things could be done, safely, by November. On the other hand that is what I was hoping for for LAST November.

    But this isn’t going to be like a tornado where an “all clear” signal can be sounded.