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Fryderyk Chopin's International Piano Competition (Warsaw)

One of the oldest competitions in the world. Initiated by Prof. Jerzy Zurawlew in 1927 and held every five years. The 13th competition took place in 1995; the first prize was not awarded, two second prize winners (Silver Medal plus $20,000) were Philippe Giusiano (France) and Alexei Sultanov (Russia). Special prizes for the best performances of polonaises, mazurkas and concertos were not awarded. The best Polish performer was Magdalena Lisak who won the sixth prize and $4,000. The next competition will take place in 2005.

The competition is usually divided into four stages. In the first stage the contestants perform one nocturne and two etudes. Forty contestants appear in the second stage to perform one of the ballades, six consecutive preludes, a waltz and a polonaise. Fifteen contestants are admitted to the third stage; their program includes a cycle of mazurkas, and one sonata. In the final stage six contestants appear performing one of Chopin's piano concertos.

For information about the next Competition write to:

Fryderyk Chopin Society
(Towarzystwo im. Fryderyka Chopina)
ul. Okólnik 1
00-384 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: (48) (22) 827-54-71, 826-81-90, 827-95-89
Fax: (48) (22) 827-95-99
Email: (polish) or (english)

For information about the history of the Chopin Competition, including results of past competitions, check the competition website.

Fryderyk Chopin's National Pianist Competition (Warsaw)

Towarzystwo im. Fryderyka Chopina
ul. Okólnik 1
00-384 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: (48) (22) 827-54-71, 826-81-90
Fax: (48) (22) 827-95-99
Email: (polish) or (english)

National Scholarship Competition for Candidates of the 14th International Fryderyk Chopin Pianist Contest

Held annually in February.

Towarzystwo im. F. Chopina
ul. Okólnik 1
00-384 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: (48) (22) 827-54-71, 826-81-90, 827-95-89
Fax: (48) (22) 827-95-99
Email: (polish) or (english)

American National Chopin Piano Competition (Miami)

The competition is held every five years to coincide with the major Chopin competition in Warsaw. The next one will take place in the year 2005. America's most outstanding young Chopin players are chosen to compete for over $90,000 in cash prizes, concert engagements, and the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

Applicants should contact the Foundation for further information.

Tel: 305--868-0624;
Fax: 305--865-5150.

Anyone interested in being present at the final auditions and concerts should contact Blanka Rosenstiel, Founder and President of the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Inc.:

1440 79th St. Causeway, Suite 117,
Miami, Florida 33141.

Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition (New York)

The competition takes place annually. For last year's winners see our Newsletter, May 2001. The first prize winner receives a scholarship of $2,500 for further piano study and invitations to perform at concerts, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj. Second and third prizes are scholarships of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. The age of the contestants is limited to between 16 and 22 years.

For more information write to:

Kosciuszko Foundation
Chopin Piano Competition
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10021-6595
Tel: (212) 734-2130
Fax: (212) 628-4552

Kosciuszko Foundation Chicago Chapter Chopin Competition

Winners are eligible to compete in the parent competition in New York. Prizes include round-trip air fare to New York plus cash (three prizes from $4,000 to $1,000). The three prize winners and the Honorable Mention winner will be eligible for the parent competition in New York.

For more information contact:

Jacqueline Kozuch, Chairperson
Kosciuszko Foundation Chapter
5232 N. New England Avenue
Chicago, Il 60656

San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists

The first competition, organized by the Chopin Foundation Council of San Francisco, took place in 1996. For more information contact

Chopin International Competition of the Pacific

Iinitiated in 1996, when the winner was 11-years old Sean Kennard of Aiea, Hawaii. He was presented with the gold Medal by His Serene Highness Prince Paul von Lobkowitz, the honorary chairman of the jury. The first prize includes three concerts in Poland, including a performance at Zelazowa Wola, Chopin's birthplace.

For more information contact:

Paul Stankiewicz
P.O. Box 3610
Honolulu, Hawaii 96789
Tel: 808-623-8866
Fax: 808-477-0760

Chopin Piano Competition of the Chopin Society of Texas

This competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born between October 4, 1977 and October 4, 1988. For information about this competition contact the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas.

Website: Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas

Frederic Chopin's International Pianist Contest for Children and Youth

Ośrodek Chopinowski
87-404 Szafarnia, Poland
Tel:(48) (56) 683-93-22
Fax:(48) (56) 683-22-80


Paderewski Youth Piano Competition (Paso Robles, CA)

This competition is a part of the annual Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, celebrating Paso's most famous former inhabitant, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The contest is open to male and female piano students who are studying with an established piano teacher and reside within the following counties: San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Barbara. Entrants compete in two groups: Juniors (age 10-14) and Seniors (age 15-18).

Each finalist will receive a certificate. Prizes ranging from $200-$750 are awarded to the top three performers in each category. Winners also performa at the Paderewski Festival Concert in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom and are eligible to participate in the educational exchange scholarship program that includes piano workshops, master classes, and performances in Poland.

Competition information and application:

For more information, contact:

Rachel Hamilton, Youth Competition
Cuesta College North County Campus
2800 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 591-6220 or

American Paderewski Piano Competition (Los Angeles)

Open to pianists of any nationality between the ages of 16 and 27, this competition occurs every 3 years, to prepare pianists for the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland (see below). The next edition will be held in 2010.

Monetary prizes include a Grand Prize of $5,000.00 USD, 2nd Prize of $2,500.00 USD and 3rd Prize of $1,000.00 USD. Other Prizes include:

  • First Prize winner will be presented by the Paderewski Society in concerts in California and in Poland in the 2010-2011 season.
  • The Leschetizky Music Society (Warsaw, Poland) will award a Special Prize of $1,000 USD for the best performance of any piano piece composed by Rudolf Leschetizky in the First or Second Stage.
  • The Chopin - Nohant Society (Nohant, France) will award a Special Prize of $1,000 USD for the best performance of the piano pieces composed by Frederic Chopin. Additionally, the Chopin - Nohant Society will present the recipient of the Prize in a recital in Paris with all expenses covered (air travel and accommodation).
  • The Paderewski Music Society in Bydgoszcz will award a Special Prize for one of the finalists in a form of a week long participation in the Paderewski Piano Academy - Masterclasses with the Orchestra (equivalent of 1,000 Euro; approximately $1,500 USD).
  • In addition, two of the finalists (not necessarily the 1st and 2nd place winners) will be invited to participate in the preliminary round of the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Travel expenses to Poland will be paid by the Paderewski Music Society in Poland and the Paderewski Music Society in Los Angeles.

The application must be completed online, at:

For more information, contact:

Paderewski Music Society, Inc.
8504 Independence Avenue
Canoga Park, California 91304
Tel: 818.456.7742  or  818.885.8490

International Paderewski Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz, Poland)

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities between the agest of 16 and 27. In order to allow participants to present their artistic personality, imagination and individuality, competitors are given free choice regarding the repertoire presented to the judges; however, selected repertoire must contain the works representing at least three different musical styles.

The Director of the International Paderewski Piano Competition is Mr. Henryk Martenka.

For more information, contact:

The Paderewski Music Association in Bydgoszcz
ul. Ks. Piotra Skargi 7
85-018 Bydgoszcz

tel./fax +48/52/327 02 91
e-mail: info@  



Milosz Magin Concours de Piano (Paris)

This competition is organized for three levels of piano skill: Elementary, Advanced and Concert Artists. The choice of repertoire includes Polish composers (F.Chopin, I.Paderewski, J.Zarembski, K.Szymanowski, M.Magin) and also French composers (C.Debussy,F.Poulenc, G.Chabrier, G.Fauré, M.Ravel). Prizes include €8,000, recording opportunities, and performances in France, Poland and Bulgaria.

The Competition Office has a new address:

Concours de Piano - Milosz Magin
31, rue David - d'Angers
75019 Paris
Tel/Fax: 00 33 1 42 08 40 61

"Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam"
International Young Pianist Competition

The competition has been held triennially since 1993 in Bydgoszcz. Required works include music by Chopin and Szymanowski. A special prize for the best performance of Szymanowski's compositions is awarded in the second stage.

For more information contact:

Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam
Secretary of the Competition
Państwowy Zespół Szkół Muzycznych im. A. Rubinsteina
ul. K. Libelta 7
85-080 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Tel/Fax: +48 52 322 97 18

International Pianist Competition in Honor of Johann Sebastian Bach

Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna I st. im. T. Szeligowskiego
ul. Bolesława Chrobrego 3
66-400 Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
Tel:(48) (95) 722-75-37

Antoni Radziwiłł Award; Foreign Pianist Scholars Tournament
Centrum Kultury i Sztuki
ul. Łazienna 6
62-800 Kalisz, Poland
Tel:(48) (62) 764-10-49
Fax: (48) (62) 767-23-18

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