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The XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) was one of the most brilliant composers in history and one of the most renowned pianists of his age. Known as the “poet of the piano,” he has left a permanent mark on musical history.

The composer demonstrated previously unknown possibilities when it came to this at-the-time new instrument, the piano, exploring its expressive abilities. Chopin composed his first work, a Polonaise in B-flat minor, when he was only seven, and the following year gave his first public performance in Warsaw. In 1829, he won the hearts of his audiences in Vienna. And even though he spent most of his life abroad (mainly in Paris) after emigrating, he never stopped being Polish. It can be clearly heard in his music. He drew inspiration from the stylistic patterns of Polish folk music, especially in his mazurkas and polonaises, and alluded to the political situation back at home, as in the Revolutionary Étude. He created over two hundred compositions. The most popular ones are: Prelude in D-flat major, Polonaise in A major, and Étude in C major.

As a pianist, Fryderyk Chopin’s talents were beyond emulation and had an impact on other musicians, and no one before or since has contributed as many significant works to the piano's repertoire, or come closer to capturing its soul.

Starting October 2nd, 2020, the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition will present the best pianists from around the world. Also known as the Chopin Competition, it is held in Warsaw every five years.

With its tradition going back to 1927, it is one of the oldest, most prestigious music competitions in the world. It is also one of few contests devoted entirely to the works of a single composer. The contenders are pianists between the ages of 17 and 28. Their performances are judged by a renowned international jury composed out of the world’s most accomplished experts in pianism. The competition is broadcasted online and keenly discussed in the press, radio, and television. The media coverage of the tournament surpasses that for other categories of artistic events. It becomes headline news. What is most telling about the quality of the competition is the fact that many of its winners go on to forge international careers. Among them, there have been many out-standing personalities, such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fou Ts’Ong, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Krystian Zimerman, Garrick Ohlsson, Stanisław Bunin, Yundi Li and Rafał Blechacz.

Please visit the official portal of the Chopin Competition for more information about the event.

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