The aim of the competition is to reveal a talented young pianist who can represent its values: sensisitivity, humility, constant reappraisal, perpetual pursuit of excellence, an attentive listening ear for partners, respect for the composer, musicality rather than virtuosity, modesty and discretion. These values are inspired by the life and career of Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist of Rumanian origin, who was born in 1895 and died tragically in 1960, and whose aura has never ceased to grow, whether among the public or professionals.
In the present world of music interpretation, these values are still primordial and continue to arouse great interest both among candidates and professionals.
The competition wants to give particular emphasis to the welcome extended to all candidates and laureates who include our values in their daily work. We give special importance to the welcome each candidate receives during the competition thanks to a network of keen host families, the use of an excellent practice piano, and a friendly, serious but relaxed atmosphere. As for a follow-up of the career of the laureates, this is still to be developed.