On 9 October 2019 at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, the first conference from the series of press conferences will take place, announcing the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
During the conference, the director of the Competition – dr Artur Szklener – will present the history of this event and point out the most important information concerning the next edition, such as the most significant elements of the Regulations, awards, plans of broadcasts of the auditions, new technologies at the Competition.
During the meeting, a short film about the history of the Competition showing its crucial moments will be presented. The Conference will ends with the Chopin recital performed by Krzysztof Jabłoński. The journalists will also receive the set of press materials concerning the 18th edition of the Competition. Polish Institute in Tokyo and Google company are the partners of the conference.
The conferences are supported by the patron of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, PKN ORLEN.
The application form for the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will be available for the candidates from the 2nd September 2019. Application for the Competition should sent on the 1st December 2019 at the latest. The following elements should be included in the application form: a short biographical note, a copy of an official document bearing the date of birth, current photos, copies of documents confirming musical studies and most significant competition awards, documentation of the most important musical activities from the last three years, two recommendations for the Competition (from the pedagogues or outstanding figures of musical life), video recording containing the programme of the 1st stage of the Competition, proof of payment of the application fee. All details concerning the application for the Competition can be found in the Terms and Conditions of the Competition.
The application form as well as the correspondence connected with the participation in the Competition should be written in Polish, English or French language.
The application form, available on the website of the Competition, should be filled in, printed, then signed by hand and sent to the address of The Chopin Institute.
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute is a producer of the phonographic series, inwhich thesingle and double albums constituting the musical portraits of the most interesting figures of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition are presented. Albums contain chosen recordings from the auditions, concerts of the winners; they show the talent, maturity and artistic individuality of young musicians.
All albums are available in the online shop of The Chopin Institute: www.sklep.nifc.pl
After the 1st World War the cult of Chopin somehow faded …. I frequently heard the opinion that Chopin was too romantic, touched the soul and mentality. Some people even thought that because of this Chopin’s works should not be played in music schools. All these symptoms of absolute misunderstanding of Chopin’s music were very painful to me… I decided to react. Observing the youth, their enthusiasm for sport contests, I found the solution – a competition! … The future proved that I had not been wrong…
Jerzy Żurawlew (1886-1980), the initiator and multiple juror of the Competition (ca 1927).
Soon, thanks to the unique Competition, shaping the world of pianism of the 21st century, Warsaw will be the capital of the performance of Fryderyk Chopin’s music once again,
and already the History of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competitions is available on: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/1gLy30LrMiGSKQ