Applications for the Competition are open from 29th March to 12th May 2019 at midnight.
To registrer for the Competition, please follow the procedure below:

Prepare the following documents

  • Your personal data, to be included in the registration form
  • Your dossier, a personal introduction and your background (education, diplomas, teachers, etc.)
  • The program that you propose for the competition, consistent with the regulations
  • A high-definition video clip lasting 10 – 15 minutes
  • Proof of payment of a deposit of CHF 100.-.

You can pay the deposit either by bank transfer:

IBAN CH03 0076 7000 C501 6825 4
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
1001 Lausanne
In favour of the Concours d’Interprétation Musicale de Lausanne

Or by postal transfer:

CCP 10-725-4
CH03 0076 7000 C501 6825 4
In favour of the Concours d’Interprétation Musicale de Lausanne

Once your have gathered all this information, you can fill the registration form.

NB: submitting an application does not guarantee a spot in the competition!

Jury 2019

Facundo Agudin
Chairman of the Jury
Artistic Director of Musique des Lumières

Christian Favre
Vice Chairman of the Jury
Pianist, composer
Professor at the Haute École de Musique in Lausanne

Giovanni Bellucci
Pianist of international reputation
Member of the Jury of several international competitions

Lorenzo Fuoco
Assistant 1st Violinist at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Francisco Moya
Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Granada
Director of the Spanish recording brand IBS Classical

Xavier Phillips
Cellist of international renown
Professor at the Haute École de Musique in Sion

Marco Pérez-Ramírez
Director of the Bienne-Soleure Symphonic Orchestra

Competition Regulations


The Competition will take place at the Salle Paderewski of the Montbenon Casino in Lausanne, Switzerland.


The 2021 edition of the Competition will be for pianists up to 24 years of age, either of Swiss nationality, or 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 who have obtained a first prize at any of the previous editions of the CIML.


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


The 16th edition of the Competition is open to pianists.


Enrolment for the Competition must be made exclusively via this website.

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.

Amongst other requirements, enrolments will only be considered by submitting at the time of application:

  • a high-quality video lasting at least 15 minutes, that properly reflects the styles of two different epochs.
  • 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).
  • the candidate’s proposed musical program.
  • notification of a cell-phone number at which the candidate can be reached at all times.

The candidates to be retained for the Competition will be selected based on their application files and the documents mentioned above. 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 first 27 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.


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.


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. 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 remaining 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.

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 Secretary 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 of 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.


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.


Eliminatory Heats

Friday the 18th of June and Saturday the 19th of June 2021, from 9.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Finalists’ Concert (paying admission to the concert also grants access to the Prize Ceremony and the Closing Cocktail)

Sunday the 20th of June 2021, at 3.00 p.m. or 4.00 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.

Competition Program


All candidates must communicate at the time of enrolment their musical programs in electronic format, and with the precise duration of each movement. Any failure to provide precise timings, or other required information at the time of enrolment may need to be corrected, impacting the date and time of finalisation of an application that is both complete and consistent with the Competition Regulations. The total length of each program must be at least 50 minutes.

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.