Age: 21 | Country: Marocco

As the first woman and the first Moroccan to win the Cortot Prize in Paris in the history of the competition, Nour Ayadi, born in Morocco, started playing the piano at the age of six in Casablanca. She moved to Paris in 2016 to pursue her musical studies at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris and the Ecole Normale de Paris. Nour has been a guest performer in many festivals. She was invited to play in the Folles Journées de Nantes, the Chopin-Nohant Festival, Barbizon Festival, the Glafsforden Music Festival, the Matinées du Piano in Orléans. She was also invited to play in the Musikverein of Vienna, Salle Cortot in Paris. She won First Prize in the Virtuoses du Coeur in Paris, the SAR Lalla Meryem International Piano Competition in Morocco in 2016. In April 2017 she won the First Prize at the Baku International Music competition. She currently studies with Claire Désert. Recently, Nour released her first CD album under Passavant label.


Preliminary Round:
F. Liszt: Transcendental Étude No. 12 “Chasse-neige”
C. Debussy: Étude No. 3 “Pour les quartes”

Semifinal Round:
C. Debussy: Prélude No. 7, Book I “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest”
C. Debussy: Prélude No. 5, Book II “Bruyères”
I. Stravinsky: Trois mouvements de Petrouchka

Final Round:
J. Widmann: Elf Humoresken No. 4 “Waldszene” and No. 3 “Anfangs lebhaft”
R. Schumann: Symphonic Études, Op. 13