Concours International de Piano Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

History : genesis of the competition

1992 – 2005: Concours National de Piano de Sucy en Brie organized by Béatrice Quoniam and Marie-Catherine Girod, pianist and Professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Many young French talented pianists were discovered. Among them Selim Mazari, Lise de la Salle, Jonas Vitaud…

2006: 1st edition of the Concours National de Piano de Lagny-sur-Marne organized by Béatrice Quoniam, Pianist and then Director of the Conservatory of Lagny-sur Marne and Pascal Nemirovski, Pianist and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. This competition was born from the will of the Mayor, Patrice Pagny and his first Deputy Mayor of Culture, Françoise Copeland, supported by many volunteers.

2009: Concours International de Piano de Lagny-sur-Marne. This competition has become very renowned in a couple of years. Candidates from all over the world participated and many of the laureates became successful, praised by the critic and the international music world.

2015: Last edition of the Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition organized by Béatrice Quoniam and Pascal Nemirovski.

2017: Concours International de Piano de Saint-Priest. Created by the same team with Isaure Equilbey, responsible of the winners as Artist Manager. This competition was born from the will of the Mayor of Saint-Priest, Gilles Gascon.

2018: 1st edition of the Concours International de Piano Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is renamed due to the author’s origine.


2006-2015: Laureates of the Concours International de Piano de Lagny-sur-Marne

under the management of

Béatrice Quoniam and Pascal Nemirovski.



Suzana Bartal, Romania.
Suzana received her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Yale University and was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Award of Excellence from Yale and also taught at this University in 2013 and 2014.
François Dumont, France
French pianist François Dumont’s international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions winning prizes in the Chopin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Clara Haskil Competition, the Montecarlo Piano Masters. He has been nominated for the “Victoires de la musique”, a major French classical music event. He has received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.
Xiao-Tang Tan, China.
In 2008, Xiao-Tang Tan had the honor of recording the piano parts for the theme songs of the Beijing Olympics, “You and Me” and “Five Ring Flag”. Xiao-Tang Tan was awarded first prize in China’s most prestigious piano competition, the Golden Bell Award Piano Competition. In 2004, he received first prize in the piano section at 2nd Sendai International Music Competition… In December 2005, he received first prize and an audience special mention in the Animato International Youth Piano Competition in Paris, France.


Jeong-ah Ryu, South Korea
Dr. Ryu has given recitals in the United Kingdom at various venues. Her performances were shown at the Snape Malting Concert Hall, St. Albans Theatre, St. Andrew’s Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, and St. James Church in Piccadilly. Highlights of her performances include concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra…


Okada Kana, Japan
Finalist of the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition 2016…


Eric Artz, France
Winner of many National and International prizes…


Catarina Grewe, Japan-Germany
Caterina has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as third prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prize winner in 2015…


Marie-Ange Nguci, France
Marie-Ange’s talent was recognized in her first competition, when she won the First Prize of the International Competition of Lagny-sur-Marne in 2011. Lastly, in August 2015, she won the First Prize of the MacKenzie Awards in New York. International Piano Competition. She is also a laureate of the Rhine Gold Foundation, the ADAMI, the Meyer Foundation, the French American Piano Society, the International Academy of Music in the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Yamaha Music Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2016 Charles Oulmont Prize, and is a laureate of the “Europe of the Piano” project.
Mario Mora Saiz, Spain
Mario has given concerts and recitals in Austria, China, France, England, Italy, and Spain, taking part in festivals like “Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Granada” or “Fundacion Botin de Santander”, playing in prestigious halls like the Hongtai Hall in China (Xiamen), Wigmore Hall, St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, the Steinway Hall in London, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Auditorium of Zaragoza, Teatros del Canal in Spain, and participating in tours with AIE and “Juventudes Musicales” among others… He also created Classicá FM Radio
Daniel Lebhardt, Hungary.
In 2014 at the age of 22 Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York.  A year later he was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in London and in 2016 won the Most Promising Pianist prize at the Sydney International Competition.


Evelyne Berezovsky, Russia
“a huge temperament, dazzling technique and a heart to match” – “there are two qualities in particular which mark her playing – dynamism and spontaneity, with a pure pianistic heritage from her father” – Le Monde


George Harliono, UK
George Harliono performed with The Mariinsky Orchestra in Vladivostok, Russia under the baton of Valery Gergiev… Since his concerto debut at the age of 12 he has been a regular performer with orchestras including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Mariinsky Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago…
Alexander Ullman, UK
The winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Alexander has performed at Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing).


Aidan Mikdad, NetherlandsAt 15 (2017),
He won the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. Recently he won the Pnina Salzman Memorial Prize at the Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israël.
 Elizaveta Klyuchereva, Russia
Elizaveta Klyuchereva, born in 1999 is a young Russian pianist. She is a winner of more than 20 competitions.
 Florian Mitrea, Romania
Florian has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, at venues across Romania, and in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and South Korea. In the UK Florian has performed at venues including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James’ Piccadilly, Steinway Hall…
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, UK
Finalist of the BBC Young Musician 2018.
Scipione Sangiovanni, Italiy
Laureate of many international Prizes among the 6th Prize and Audience Prize, Premio Iturbi of Valencia (2015), 2nd prize, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2015), 1st Prize, Golden Key International Piano Competition of New York (2014)…


Daniel Van Der Hoeven, Netherlands
Daniël van der Hoeven won prizes at several competitions. He won the 2nd Prize of the International Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany (no 1st prize awarded), the International Bach Competition in Leipzig where he received a Special Prize. He also won the 4th YPF National Pianocompetition, held in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, which included a CD recording and the Yuri Egorov Gold Medal.
Filipo Gorini, Italy
Italian pianist Filippo Gorini is praised for his “rare intellect, temperament…and vivid imagination”. In 2015 he received both the first and audience prizes at the Telekom-Beethoven Competition Bonn, and later in May 2018 the prestigious award “Una vita per la musica – Giovani” of the “La Fenice” Theatre; he has also received the Beethoven-Ring Prize at the Beethovenfest, Bonn (2017)…
 Franck Laurent-Grandpré, France
Regularly selected to the most important international piano competitions, Franck is semi-finalist of the “Long-Thibaud-Crespin” International Piano Competition 2015 and was into the final rounds of the Busoni piano competition in 2017…