15th International César Franck Competition


The 15th International César Franck Competition will take place on

May 16, 18 and 20, 2017

in the RC Cathedral and Basilica of St. Bavo in Haarlem, The Netherlands, on the Willibrordus-organ (Adema, 1923/1949/1971/1978, 81/IV/P).

Theme: César Franck & Camille Saint-Saëns. Participation is open for organists who obtained a bachelor degree or comparable level of education at a conservatory or music college.

Download the complete Regulations.


The competition consist of three rounds.

For the 1st round on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the mandatory works are:
César Franck: Fantaisie in C major, from: Six Pièces
Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie, op. 101

For the 2nd round on Thursday, May 18, 2017 the mandatory work i:
César Franck: Grande Pièce symphonique from: Six Pièces

For the Finals on Saturday, May 20, 2017 the candidates have to prepare a program that contains:
César Franck: Trois Chorals (all three)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cyprès, op. 156

After the second round the jury will make a choice from these pieces to compose the program for the final round.


In 2017 the jury consists of: Michel BOUVARD (Toulouse), Olivier PENIN (Paris) and Hayo BOEREMA (Rotterdam).


Candidates are expected to send in before February 1, 2017 a live recording of the Pièce Héroïque from César Franck to give proof of their ability,

The recordings will be evaluated by a professional team. Depending on the quality, a maximum of 10 candidates will be invited to participate in the first round on May 16, 2017.

Prizes Three prizes will be awarded:

  • A first prize of € 2.000,-
  • A second prize of € 1.500,-
  • A third prize of € 1.000,-

In addition an Audience prize of € 500,- will be available.

Finalists will be invited to give a recital in the Saturday afternoon concertseries in St.-Bavo’s Cathedral and Basilica. The winner of the first prize will also be invited to play a recital in the Ste.-Clotilde in Paris.

Registration Fee

Selected candidates have to pay a fee of € 100,- by bank transfer before April 1, 2017, without any charges for the recipient. For bank account details please look under Organisation.

Hotel and travelling expenses have to be paid by the candidate.