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Here we go! After a particularly successful first edition in 2022, Coups de Vents kicks off 2024 with a flourish, launching the second edition of its International Orchestration Competition (CIO).

An event organized:

  • in collaboration with the National Conservatories of Music and Dance of Paris and Lyon, the American Band College of Central Washington University (USA),
  • in partnership with the Musical Confederation of France of the Hauts-de-France region and the French Association for the Development of Wind Ensembles (AFEEV).

Open to composers from around the world, the International Orchestration Competition offers its candidates the opportunity to adapt major works from the repertoire originally written for solo piano for wind ensemble.

In continuation of our highly esteemed International Composition Competition, our ambition is to expand and develop the repertoire of high-level amateur orchestras, particularly abundant in the Pas-de-Calais and Hauts-de-France regions.

With this International Orchestration Competition, we aim to facilitate immersion for our orchestras in the universe of famous composers and major signatures… still too rarely found in wind ensemble repertoires. It’s also a way to attract new audiences in search of “big names” in concert halls.

The Prizes

Following the final of the competition, the prizes to be awarded will be as follows:


1st prize: 6,000 Euros;
2nd prize: 3,000 Euros;
3rd prize: 2,000 Euros.

Special prizes and mentions may be awarded by the jury. Official diplomas will be awarded with each prize. Additional diplomas and/or certificates may also be awarded.

Participating in Coups de Vents’ International Orchestration Competition also means:

  • Joining Coups de Vents’ repertoire for wind ensembles Presenting your work to a top international jury
  • Being performed by high-level amateur orchestras from Hauts-de-France and numerous partner countries.
  • Being highlighted on Coups de Vents’ digital communication tools throughout the duration of the competition.

Competition Schedule

  • Jury meeting for pre-selections, table judgment: August 2024
  • Announcement of pre-selection results: September 2, 2024
  • Jury meeting for the semi-final, table judgment: December 2024
  • Announcement of semi-final results: January 6, 2025
  • Submission of orchestral material (separate parts) by selected candidates for the final: no later than January 13, 2025

The works to be orchestrated

For the pre-selection round :

Orchestration of the compulsory work: Opus 26 No. 5 by Theodor Kirchner.
Deadline for submitting the orchestration score online (see article 7): 1 August 2024.

For the ½ final:

Orchestration based on a work chosen by the candidate selected during the heats, from the list proposed below:

  • Le ballet des revenants op 5 N° 4 by Clara Wieck-Schumann
  • Prélude N° 12 (seul) extrait des 12 Préludes Opus 36 by Louis Vierne
  • Ballade N°5 Opus 36 by Agathe Grondhal
  • Prélude (de Prélude, Choral et Fugue) Op 37 by Émile Goué
  • Prélude 21 (extrait des 24 Préludes Opus 37) by Ferruccio Busoni
  • Vers la vie nouvelle by Nadia Boulanger

I am a composer, I wish to participate

Download the regulations and registration form:

French version
English version
Spanish version
Italian version
Dutch version

Download the scores to orchestrate

The completed registration form must be returned by June 1, 2024 to the address The imposed work must then be returned to us by email by August 1, 2024, accompanied once again by the registration form.

It was in 2022: CIO#1 in key figures

  • 6 months of competition
  • 178 candidate orchestrators
  • Represented 45 countries
  • 28 semifinalists and then 9 finalists selected
  • 8 orchestras and 500 musicians involved
  • Over 1000 direct spectators
  • 3 memorable Final concerts in Outreau, Lumbres, and at the Louvre-Lens.
  • 1 preview weekend in Desvres with Anne Ducros in trio and then with the wind orchestras of Desvres and Samer reunited for the occasion.
  • 5987 interactions on social networks

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