Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

The Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition is an international classical music competition for pianists and violinists that has operated in France since 1943. It was created by the pianist Marguerite Long and the violinist Jacques Thibaud. Thibaud died in 1953, Long in 1966.

From 2011 it will also include singers, and has been renamed the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, to recognise the French soprano Régine Crespin (1927-2007).[1]



The competition was initially triennial, but from 1949 it was held biennially. In 1980, it was split into two contests, where pianists compete only against other pianists, and violinists only against other violinists. Previously, violinists and pianists competed against each other. That year, it reverted to a triennial competition.[2] In 2007, it became biennial once more.[3] From 2011, under its new name, it will become triennial again.[1]


Yehudi Menuhin headed the violin jury from 1993 till his death in 1999.[4] The president of the violin jury is currently Salvatore Accardo, and Aldo Ciccolini heads the piano jury.[3]


The winners in the inaugural contest (1943) were Samson François (piano) and Michèle Auclair (violin).[2]

Other notable prize winners include: Paul Badura-Skoda, Dimitri Bashkirov, Anshel Brusilow, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Stanislav Bunin, Olivier Cazal, Jean-Philippe Collard, Youri Egorov, Philippe Entremont, Arnold Eidus, Vladimir Feltsman, Christian Ferras, Peter Frankl, Marina Goglidze-Mdivani, György Pauk, Nelli Shkolnikova, Song Siheng. Piano, 2004, Vladimir Spivakov, Gabriel Tacchino, Tamás Vásáry, Vladimir Viardo, and Jean-Pierre Wallez.


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