3rd International Violin Competition of Mirecourt

Our retrospective video, to relive the 2014 Competition

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The complete program of the 2014 music festival

The finalists

Les finalistes

The candidates



The year 2014 is organized around the third Mirecourt International Violin Competition.

The jury will be chaired by Pavel Vernikov et composé de musiciens de renommée internationale : James Buswell, Nora Chastain, Radu Blidar and  Marianne Piketty.

Les épreuves éliminatoires, la demi-finale du competition et les master classes given by the members of the jury will be held in Mirecourt and the grand finale, accompanied by the Orchester Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, will be held in Thaon-les-Vosges.

jury 2014

Schedule of events

First test - Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 November 2014 – Salle Rio, Mirecourt

A 20’ Program for solo violin including:
  • Js Bach – Two contrasting movements from Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin BWV 1001- 1002 – 1003 – 1004 – 1005 – 1006
  • Paganini – A Caprice of your choice
  • Ysaye – A sonata or an extract from a Sonata for solo violin Op.27

Semi final - Friday, November 14, 2014 – Salle Rio, Mirecourt

A recital lasting 45 to 55 minutes including in particular :
  • A contemporary work French composed after 1970
  • A French sonata for violin and piano choose from the following list:
  • Charles-Valentin Alkan – Grand Duo concertant in F minor Op.21
  • Claude Debussy – Sonata
  • Reynaldo Hahn – Sonata in C Major
  • Guillaume Lekeu – Sonata in G major
  • Gabriel Pierné – Sonata in D minor Op.36
  • Francis Poulenc – Sonata
  • Maurice Ravel – Sonata
  • A virtuoso work for solo violin or with piano
demi finale 2014

Final – Sunday November 16, 2014 – The Rotunda of Thaon-les-Vosges

With the Orchester Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy under the direction of Rani Calderon
As part of the Epinal Classical Concerts season

A concerto among the following:
  • Lalo – Spanish Symphony
  • Mendelssohn – Concerto in E minor Op. 64
  • Prokofiev – Concerto n°2 in G minor
  • Saint-Saens – Concerto n°3 in B minor Op. 61
  • Sibelius – Concerto in D minor
  • Tchaïkovski – Concerto in D major Op.35

Prizes and awards


3,000 Euro Lions Club Prize


500 Euros

A modern bow by Yannick Le Canu worth €4,200 offered by Yannick le Canu and the JMF Mirecourt.

Yves le Canu

Yannick Le Canu

Passionate about bow making for many years, Yannick Le Canu began his training in 1995 in the Le Canu-Millant workshops in Paris while perfecting his skills with Eric Grandchamp in Crozon. He obtained his CAP as a bow maker in Mirecourt in 1998 and worked in the Arezzo workshop (Toulouse) from 2000 to 2004 before creating his own workshop in the heart of old Lille in 2004.

Heir to a recognized know-how, he devotes himself passionately to the manufacture of the bow without neglecting the restoration and maintenance of old and contemporary models. In this respect, he respects the tradition of the Grande Ecole d’Archèterie Française.

With 15 years of experience, this expert bow maker is always looking for improvement to satisfy many musicians in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Moreover, many of them play bows signed "Yannick Le Canu" which are today a reference in the profession. Yannick Le Canu is indeed renowned for his quality work and his rigor. 

Since 1999, enriched by his various experiences, he has been rewarded with numerous distinctions by presenting his bows in international competitions (double silver medals in Paris, five times gold medals in the USA, Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007 and ranked “hors concours” in the USA in 2008). To date, his notoriety has earned him membership in the Jury of these competitions.

Master Classes by Pavel Vernikov, James Buswell, Nora Chastain, Radu Blidar, Marianne Piketty offered to candidates on Thursday November 13 and Saturday November 15.