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Fondation Maurice Ravel Award


The Fondation Maurice Ravel has added three new Fondation Maurice Ravel International Awards as part of its new partnership with the Fontainebleau Schools. This partnership highlights the historically close collaboration between Maurice Ravel and the Schools, founded in 1921.

The Awards of Maurice Ravel Foundation will be given at the end of the 2015 session of the Fontainebleau Schools, honoring the work of the best interpreters of the Ravel repertoire. The Competition participants, selected from among the most prestigious foreign universities, will be among the 31 music students received from Monday July 6 to Saturday, August 1st at the Château de Fontainebleau.

The Competition followed by the award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 beginning at 2pm in the Salle des colonnes (Hall of Columns) of the Château de Fontainebleau. Admission free.

Program for the 2015 summer session of the Fontainebleau Schools


Samedi 11 juillet

Récital de Philippe Bianconi

Chopin, Mantovani, Debussy

Théâtre de Fontainebleau, 18h30

Samedi 18 juillet

Conférence-concert d’Isabelle Duha


Salle des colonnes, 15h

Concert de Philippe Graffin (violon), Bruno Pasquier (alto), Pierre-Henri Xuereb (alto), Diana Ligeti (violoncelle), Alain Meunier (violoncelle), Christian Ivaldi (piano)

Pierné, Schoenberg

Chapelle de la Trinité, 17h

Samedi 25 juillet

Concert de Gérard Poulet (violon), Françoise Gneri (alto), Diana Ligeti (violoncelle), Frédéric Aguessy (piano), Isabelle Vigneau (piano)

Ravel, Bridge, Brahms

Chapelle de la Trinité du château de Fontainebleau, 17h

Samedi 1er Août

Concert de Alexis Galperine (violon), Françoise Gneri (alto), Christian Ivaldi (piano), Isabelle Duha (piano) et tous les étudiants

Piazzola, Ravel, Lavignac

Chapelle de la Trinité du château de Fontainebleau, 14h30

Billetterie sur place 20€ – 5€ étudiants

Samedi 1er Août à partir de 16h dans les Jardins du château

Fin de la session : performances des architectes et des musiciens


Chapelle de la Trinité du château

Lundi 13 juillet 10h et 14h

Philippe Bianconi, piano

Mercredi 15 juillet 14h

Jean Sulem, alto

Jeudi 16 juillet 14h

Jean-Claude Pennetier, piano

Vendredi 17 juillet 10h et 14h

Philippe Graffin, violon

Lundi 20 juillet 10h et 14h

Raphaël Merlin, quatuor à cordes

Jeudi 23 juillet 13h30

Jay Gottlieb, piano contemporain


Salle des colonnes du château

Mardi 28 juillet, 14h

Entrée libre.


Salle des colonnes du château

Vendredi 24 juillet, 16h

Lundi 27, 16h

Mercredi 29, 16h

Jeudi 30 juillet, 16h

Vendredi 31 juillet, 16h

Auditions d’élèves : piano, musique de chambre, pièces des compositeurs

Entrée libre.

Dimanche 26 juillet, 16h

AVON – parc de BEL EBAT

Entrée libre.


The Fondation Maurice Ravel will present the Award of the Fondation Maurice Ravel as part of the 2015 piano session of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition.

The Foundation is committed to rewarding pianists by honoring the finest interpretation of a work by Maurice Ravel.

This initiative also helps to perpetuate the ties of musical friendship shared between Marguerite Long and Maurice Ravel.


Chairman of the jury: Stephen KOVACEVICH (US)

Born in Los Angeles, Stephen Kovacevich made his debut in California when he was 11 years old. At 18 he moved to England and worked with Dame Myra Hess. Although renowned for his classical interpretations, his musical tastes are very eclectic, and composers such as Rodney Bennett, John Taverner and Stephen Montague him dedicated scores to him. Invited by the greatest orchestras and the greatest conductors, he is also dedicated to chamber music. This is evidenced by his recording of the Sonatas for cello and piano by Beethoven with Jacqueline du Pré and his Bartok records with Martha Argerich. His musical partners also include Steven Isserlis, Kyung-Wha Chung, Nigel Kennedy, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Truls Mørk, Emmanuel Pahud. He is also a conductor and made his conducting debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1984. He has been principal guest conductor of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her repertoire includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. After an extensive discography for Philips, he also recorded Brahms concertos with Wolfgang Sawallisch for EMI. Recently appearing: the Diabelli Variations of Beethoven and a Chopin and Ravel recital.

Competition round calendar

  • October 22-23 Qualifiers 12pm-10pm
  • October 24 Semi-finals 9:30pm and 2pm
  • October 25 Final recital 4pm and 8pm
  • October 27 Final concerto 8pm

Commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Ravel’s journey to the United States

A series of musical and academic events will be organized in the United States throughout 2018 by Fondation Maurice Ravel. The program will seek to trace – geographically or symbolically – the long American tour undertaken by Maurice Ravel in 1928. This celebration will record the journey of the composer in the tradition of the great cultural trips in the first half of the twentieth century.

The President of the Foundation and a member of the Board traveled twice to the United States to meet potential patrons and persons appreciative of Maurice Ravel’s stature. The Fondation received a warm welcome from the Morgan Library, the New York Public Library, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Juilliard School.

In April 2015, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and its director, Maestro Alan Gilbert, came to give two concerts in the Philharmonie de Paris. Mr. Gilbert was welcomed at the home of Maurice Ravel, Le Belvédère, with a private visit, thereby strengthening the ties between the famous orchestra and the Fondation.

The famous American biographer of Maurice Ravel, Arbie Orenstein, agreed to support the Fondation on this ambitious American project.

On September 17 and 18, 2015, a delegation from the Fondation Maurice Ravel will travel to New York for a series of meetings for the preparation of this celebration, scheduled for 2018.

American Tour

On January 4, 1928, Maurice Ravel disembarked in New York. The composer’s grand tour begins under the direction of the organizer and pianist Elie Robert Schmitz.

Sometimes a conductor and sometimes a pianist, Ravel gives numerous concerts, performing his works in the course of a rich and varied program. Serge Koussevitzky, the famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, hands the conducting of the orchestra over to Maurice Ravel, who will conduct Le Tombeau de Couperin, Rapsodie espagnole and La Valse and others.

Interviews and receptions follow one after another. Ravel meets Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford at a luncheon in Hollywood. In honor of the 53th birthday of the composer, a dinner is organized with the singer Eva Gauthier on March 7, 1928. Ravel makes the acquaintance of George Gershwin. Ravel makes the acquaintance of George Gershwin. Gershwin’s performance of his Rhapsody in Blue and The Man I Love commands Ravel’s admiration, who was a great lover of jazz.

Finally, on April 27, 1928, the composer arrives in Le Havre, closing a journey of several months that will significantly consolidate his great reputation overseas.

The stages of the tour

  • New York, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • New York, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cleveland,
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • San Francisco, Californie
  • Los Angeles, Californie
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Vancouver, Colombie Britannique
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • New York, New York
  • Montréal, Québec
  • New York, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • New York, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nouvelle-Orléans, Louisiane
  • Houston, Texas
  • Grand Canyon, Colorado
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Montréal, Québec
  • New York, New York