Each year since 1985, France's Ecole Polytechnique has been organizing an international amateur piano competition. This event is open to all university students.
The three finalists get the exceptional opportunity to play a piano concerto with a professional orchestra. The finals are public and take place at Ecole Polytechnique's main auditorium in Palaiseau, near Paris.
Applicants for the 32nd edition, to be held in Paris on January 30th 2018, must prepare two pieces of their choice and one imposed piece, as well as a Beethoven concerto to be chosen among the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th, for the finals.
The imposed piece is Frédéric Chopin's Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29.