Founded in 2001, the biennal Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition gives their chance to singers as much as to pianists beginning a career, it’s characteristic being to consider the two disciplines equal. The top-level candidates, under the age of 33, have certified diplomas and are recommended by internationally renowned prominent musicians.

All stages of the competition are open to the public and take place at the famous concert hall of the “Ancien Conservatoire”, now Conservatoire national supérieur d’Art dramatique in Paris. The concert hall’s acoustic, aesthetic quality and reputation give the candidates the opportunity to be heard in the best conditions by a large public.

Moreover, the presence of a prestigious jury enhances the candidates’ chances to be appreciated by professionals who will promote their career.

Three distinct prizes are offered:
Duo Grand Prize of € 12.000
French song Prize of € 6.000
German song Prize of € 6.000

A stepping stone towards the professional life, the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition invites the winners, the year following their prize, to give a recital in a famous concert hall in Paris, a partnership set with several musical seasons. Involvements are also given to the winners in various music festivals.

Candidates are to present a musical repertory including songs by Gabriel Fauré, Lili Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, lieder by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, and works in other languages. A song is specially commissioned for the competition for the final round.

These choices remain faithful to Nadia Boulanger’s musical aesthetic and perpetuate the tradition of her teaching, which had an international influence still appreciable today.

Salle du conservatoire