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1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Since 1927, the International Chopin Competition has been held in Warsaw every five years. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious music competition in the world.

This year, on the occasion of the anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute organizes in September the following event of extraordinary character – 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments.

Chopin notes

30 Competition participants (aged 18 to 35) will be from all over the world: Poland, Japan, Russia, China, France, United States, Romania, Belgium and Ukraine.

The jury is comprised of eminent representatives of the music world, artists and educators appointed by the Competition’s director: Claire Chevallier, Dang Thai Son, Nikolai Demidenko, Nelson Goerner, Tobias Koch, Alexei Lubimov, Janusz Olejniczak, Ewa Pobłocka, Andreas Staier i Wojciech Świtała.

The Competition schedule provides for three rounds: the first and second are solo recitals. In the third round, the six finalists will perform the Chopin works with orchestra of their choice, accompanied by the legendary Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

The Competition participants will play on period pianos from the collections of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Erards from 1838, 1849 and 1858; Pleyels from 1846 and 1854; and a Broadwood from 1843), originals and copies of period instruments brought in by European restorers and collectors.

Apart from financial prizes, the winners will also receive offers of prestigious concerts with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, as well as recording projects.

If you are Chopin enthusiast and plan to visit Poland in September, tickets are still available!

Click here for details.

We can arrange your stay in Warsaw and will be happy to share with you much more of Chopin’s Polish routs. Read more about our tour proposal here.

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