Today, in the Magna Hall of the Sapienza University of Rome, a press conference organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute devoted to the upcoming XVIII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition took place.
The conference was accompanied by a recital by Szymon Nehring, the finalist of the 17th edition of the Competition in 2015.
Partners of the event: patron of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, PKN ORLEN, LOT Polish Airlines, Sapienza University of Rome, Polish Institute in Rome.
On 1 December there was a deadline for submitting the applications for the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, which will take place in 2020, organised by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. In the period given by the Regulations, the record number of over 500 applications were submitted. It is the next record number in almost 100-year history of the Chopin Competition – in every next edition, a bigger number of applications are submitted. In 2015 452 pianists applied, and in 2010 – 353.
The applications were sent by pianists from as many as 53 countries. The biggest groups of candidates come from China (over 100 applications), Japan (over 90 applications) and Poland (over 60 applications); there are strong representations from the USA, Canada, South Korea, Russia, Italy and France. The pianists applied from such various places as: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam. The age range of the participants of the Competition is between 16 and 30; over the half of the candidates for the Competition next year are between 21 and 23; there are 30 youngest ones – 16- and 17-year-old. The candidates were required to send a short biographical note, documentation of their most important artistic achievements from the last three years, two recommendations (of pedagogues and/or outstanding figures of musical life) as well as video recording with their own performance of the programme of the 1st stage of the Competition.
The documents and recordings of the candidates will be assessed by the Qualification Committee consisting of: Lech Dudzik (outstanding sound engineer), Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Paleczny, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and Wojciech Świtała (members of the Jury of the Competition). Until 9 March 2020 we will know the names of 160 pianists selected by the Committee, who will be invited for the Preliminaries of the 18th Chopin Competition. The preliminaries will take place in Warsaw on 17–28 April 2020, and as the result of them 80 participants of the Competition, starting on 2 October, will be chosen.
The Competition is under patronage of PKN ORLEN, and Totalizator Sportowy, the owner of Lotto brand, will be its Main Partner.
The preliminaries of the 18th Chopin Competition will be taking place on 17–28 April at the chamber hall of the National Philharmonic. During the auditions, 80 pianists will be selected to take part in the Competition in October. In April, circa 160 pianists from all over the world will come – the list of the participants qualified for this stage of the auditions will be revealed on 9 March. The tickets for the public preliminaries will be available to purchase on the website: www.bilety.nifc.pl and in the box offices of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsawfrom 8 January. The prizes start from PLN 30.
On 5 November, the London Westminster Cathedral Hall hosted a press conference organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in cooperation with the Chopin Society on the upcoming eighteenth Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition.
During the meeting, the Director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Dr. Artur Szklener, presented the facts concerning the next year's edition of the Competition, with particular emphasis on the plans to introduce the latest technologies, revolutionising the accessibility of the Competition to listeners all over the world. The conference was honoured with a recital by Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the second prize at the 17th edition of the Competition in 2015.
The meeting was attended by nearly 220 guests: music lovers, lecturers and teachers from British music conservatories, young artists, journalists and characters associated with the world of piano and classical music. The participants of the event received press materials.
The event was organised under the patronage of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, PKN ORLEN.