The Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition has been held in Paris every two years since 2001 and helps to promote the careers of singers and pianists who perform there as a duet.
Candidates under 32 years of age come from all over the world. The repertoire they are asked to perform requires a balance between Lieder and French melody with at least one work by Nadia Boulanger or Lili Boulanger.
During Nadia and Lili Boulanger’s childhood and lifetime French melody reached a peak to which they were witnesses and fervent promoters: Lili and Nadia as composers, Nadia as performer and inevitably a teacher. The CNLB International Piano Singing Competition is part of this heritage, with the threefold objective of promoting young artists of a very high level, bringing the repertoire of melody and song to life and encouraging the creation of new works.
A work is commissioned for each new edition of the competition: this year, the work will be composed by Isabelle Aboulker (Leduc Editions).
Three separate prizes are offered to the winners:
Grand Prix for duet singer-pianist, Prince Rainier III of Monaco Prize: 12 000 €
Melody Prize - Fondation Étrillard: 6 000 €
Lied Prize - Outhere Prize: 6 000 €
In 2021, as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the death of Deodat de Séverac:
The Séverac Deodat Festival Prize: €1,500.