Dear candidates,

Welcome to the 15th « Concours d’Interprétation Musicale de Lausanne », which will take place from Friday afternoon 14th June 2019 to Sunday evening 16th June 2019 and thank you for your interest. The Competition will take place in the magnificent Salle Paderewski at the Montbenon Casino in Lausanne.

The CIML Committee.


  Members of the Jury for 2019 are as follows :
  • Mr. Facundo Agudin, Chairman of the Jury, Conductor and Artistic Director of “Musique des Lumières”
  • Mr. Christian Favre, Vice-chairman of the Jury, pianist, composer and Professor at the “Haute Ecole de Musique” in Lausanne
  • Mr. Lorenzo Fuoco, Assistant 1st violinist at the “Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Opera di Firenze”
  • Mr. Giovanni Bellucci, pianist of international renown and a member of the Jury of several international competitions
  • Mr. Xavier Phillips, cellist of international renown and Professor at the “Haute Ecole de Musique” in Sion
  • Mr. Francisco Moya, pianist, Professor of Chamber Music at the “Conservatoire Supérieur” in Granada and Director of the Spanish recording brand “IBS Classical”
  • Mr. Marco Peréz-Ramirez, composer (in particular with the “Orchestre National de Montpellier”) and Director of the Bienne-Soleure Symphonic Orchestra.

The Jury Secretariat is managed by a member of the organising committee.


Competition Regulations


Location : Salle Paderewski at the Montbenon Casino in Lausanne.


The competition is open to young musicians of Swiss nationality, as well as to young musicians of other nationalities who have been living or studying in Switzerland for at least one academic year. However the Competition is not open to candidates having obtained a first prize at any of the previous Competitions.


Maximum age : the Competition is open to candidates born after 16th June 1996.


The Competition is open to pianists, violinists and cellists.


Enrolment for the Competition must be made exclusively via the www.ciml.ch site. The latest date for enrolment is Sunday 12th May 2019 at midnight, but the Jury shall have the right to retain any later enrolment, even at the expense of one received before the deadline mentioned above.

The candidates to be retained for the Competition will be selected based on their application files and on a high-quality video clip (see below). To that effect a Selection Committee, comprising members of the Jury appointed by the Competition President, will review the application files. The Committee will then in principle retain the 27 first applications which, after any corrections, amendments, additions, etc. as may be required by the Committee, are considered by the latter to meet all the requirements of the Competition Regulations.

Amongst other requirements, enrolments will only be considered upon submission on the site at the time of application of a high-quality video lasting at least 15 minutes that properly reflects the styles of two different epochs which enables the Selection Committee to determine which candidates will be retained for the Competition. Enrolment is also subject to proof of payment of a deposit of CHF 100.- (which will only be refunded to candidates not retained for the Competition or in cases of force majeure accepted by the Jury that prevent a retained candidate from attending the Competition), to the submission as an attachment of the candidate’s proposed musical program (see below) and to notification of a cell-phone number at which the candidate can be reached at all times.


Neither the general public nor the candidates are admitted to the Jury’s or the Selection Committee’s deliberations. The selection of candidates, as well as the deliberations and decisions of the Jury and of the Selection Committee, are confidential, final and without appeal.


Violinists and cellists must provide their accompanists and indicate their names in the “Commentary” box at the time of enrolment. If applicable they must also foresee a page-turner.


Timing of the Competition :

The Competition takes place over three days. The Finalists' Concert to determine the prize winners comprises at least three candidates taken from the eliminatory heats, irrespective of the instruments involved. It is therefore possible that a candidate may be selected as a potential finalist on Friday evening or Saturday midday but not on Saturday evening, once the final selection is made. All eliminatory heats are open to the general public and free.

At the end of the three eliminatory heats, namely on the Friday at around 7:35 p.m. and on the Saturday at around 1:35 p.m. and 7.35 p.m. respectively, only the names of the candidates who are definitely not retained for the final will be announced. The names of the other candidates not retained for the final, as well as those of the finalists, will be announced at the end of the eliminatory heats, namely on the Saturday at around 7:35 p.m. It is therefore essential that all candidates taking part in the Friday and Saturday eliminatory heats be present at the Montbenon Casino at the times indicated above, and that all candidates whose names have not been announced on the Friday evening or Saturday at around 13:35 p.m. be present at the same place on Saturday at around 7:35 p.m. Only in force majeure circumstances may a candidate contact the Competition President by ‘phone (079-834 25 51). At the end of each announcement session as above members of the Jury will be available to meet the candidates who have not been retained.

All candidates must communicate their programs in electronic format and with the precise duration of each movement at the time of enrolment. Any failure to provide precise timings or other required information at the time of enrolment may need to be corrected, which would inevitably impact the date and time of finalisation of a file that is both complete and consistent with the Competition Regulations, as foreseen in paragraph 5 above. The total length of each program must be at least 50 minutes.

1st test – Eliminatory Heats

Maximum duration : 25 minutes per candidate. All works must be able to be played in full. Before the start of the Competition the Selection Committee will decide which of the proposed works must be played. The Jury Secretariat will so inform all candidates under confidential cover at the time when they enter the warm-up room. During each heat the Jury may interrupt the performance of any of the works.

2nd test – The Final (Finalists' Concert)

At least three finalists, minimum 30 minutes per finalist. All works must be able to be played in full. After the eliminatory heats and deliberations of the Jury the latter will decide the musical programme of each finalist, which will then be posted in the entrance hall of the Montbenon Casino.


Prizes :       1st prize CHF 7000.-

    2nd prize CHF 3500.-

    3rd prize CHF 1500.-


The Jury will deliberate after the Finalists' Concert in order to determine the prize winners. The Jury is under no obligation to grant any prizes.


The eliminatory heats will take place on Friday 14th June from 3.00 p.m. to 7.35 p.m. and on Saturday 15th June 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 1.35 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 7.35 p.m. The Finalists' Concert will take place on Sunday 16th June 2019 at 5.00 p.m.

The Finalists' Concert will be broadcast live by RTS-Espace 2, which will have exclusive ownership rights to the recordings. Finalists irrevocably waive any right to financial compensation.

Furthermore the channel RTS Espace 2 reserves the right to invite the winner of the Competition to take part in the program « Tribune des jeunes musiciens” during the 2020-2021 season.


Reminder: the precise duration of each movement of each work must be provided.

No concerto will be admitted for the Competition program.


  • A sonata by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart or Schubert
  • A study by either Chopin or Liszt
  • A work from the romantic or post-romantic repertoire
  • A work that is representative of the 20th century or of the current repertoire.


  • A work by Bach (solo or with piano accompaniment), Beethoven, Mozart or Schubert
  • A work from the romantic or post-romantic repertoire
  • A work that is representative of the 20th century or of the current repertoire.


  • A work by Bach (solo or with piano accompaniment), Beethoven or Schubert
  • A work from the romantic or post-romantic repertoire
  • A work that is representative of the 20th century or of the current repertoire.