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International Chopin Piano Competition

3rd Chopin Competition (1937). Among members of the jury (sitting on the left) Heinrich Neuhaus, Emil von Sauer, Guido Agosti, and Wilhelm Backhaus
Polish President Bronisław Komorowski at the Laureates' Concert, October 2010
Epitaph for heart of Frédéric Chopin in the Holy Cross Church, Warsaw

The International Chopin Piano Competition (Polish: Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. Fryderyka Chopina), often referred to as the Chopin Competition, is a piano competition held in Warsaw, Poland. It was initiated in 1927 and has been held every five years since 1955. It is one of the few competitions devoted entirely to the works of a single composer,[1] in this case, Frédéric Chopin.

The first competition was founded by the Polish pianist and pedagogue Jerzy Żurawlew. Subsequent editions were organized in 1932 and 1937; the post-war fourth and fifth editions were held in 1949 and 1955. In 1957 the competition became one of the founding members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva.

Traditional special awards include the Polish Radio prize for the best Mazurka performance (since 1927), the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw prize for the best Polonaise (since 1960), and the National Philharmonic prize for the best performance of a Piano Concerto (since 1980). The competition is organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute of Warsaw.[2]

JuryEdit

Past members of the jury have included such names as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Stefan Askenase, Wilhelm Backhaus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Nadia Boulanger, Flora Guerra, Dang Thai Son, Bella Davidovich, Philippe Entremont, Fou Ts'ong, Nelson Freire, Vera Gornostayeva, Arthur Hedley, Mieczysław Horszowski, Vladimir Krainev, Marguerite Long, Lazare Lévy, Nikita Magaloff, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Heinrich Neuhaus, Vlado Perlemuter, Maurice Ravel, Arthur Rubinstein, Emil von Sauer, Magda Tagliaferro, and many distinguished Polish pianists, teachers, conductors, as well as composers (for instance Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski and Lidia Grychtołówna).

ChairmanEdit

Arthur Rubinstein and Jan Ekier have also acted as honorary chairmen.

Prize winnersEdit

Top 6 prize winners since 1927
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
I: 1927   Lev Oborin   Stanisław Szpinalski   Róża Etkin   Grigory Ginzburg  
II: 1932   Alexandre Uninsky (c)   Imre Ungár (c)   Bolesław Kon   Abram Lufer   Lajos Kentner   Leonid Sagalov
III: 1937   Yakov Zak   Rosa Tamarkina   Witold Małcużyński   Lance Dossor   Agi Jambor   Edith Axenfeld
1942 No competition due to occupation of Poland by Germany in WWII
IV: 1949   Bella Davidovich

  Halina Czerny-Stefańska (tie)

  Barbara Hesse-Bukowska   Waldemar Maciszewski   Georgy Muravlov   Władysław Kędra   Ryszard Bakst
V: 1955   Adam Harasiewicz   Vladimir Ashkenazy   Fou Ts'ong   Bernard Ringeissen   Naum Shtarkman   Dmitry Paperno
VI: 1960   Maurizio Pollini   Irina Zaritskaya   Tania Achot-Haroutounian   Li Min-Chan   Zinaida Ignatyeva   Valeri Kastelsky
VII: 1965   Martha Argerich   Arthur Moreira Lima   Marta Sosińska   Hiroko Nakamura   Edward Auer   Elżbieta Głąbówna
VIII: 1970   Garrick Ohlsson   Mitsuko Uchida   Piotr Paleczny   Eugen Indjic   Natalya Gavrilova   Janusz Olejniczak
IX: 1975   Krystian Zimerman   Dina Joffe   Tatyana Fedkina   Pavel Gililov   Dean Kramer   Diana Kacso
X: 1980   Dang Thai Son   Tatyana Shebanova   Arutyun Papazyan Not awarded   Akiko Ebi

  Ewa Pobłocka (tie)

  Eric Berchot

  Irina Pietrova (tie) -->

XI: 1985   Stanislav Bunin   Marc Laforet   Krzysztof Jabłoński   Michie Koyama   Jean-Marc Luisada   Tatyana Pikayzen
XII: 1990 Not awarded   Kevin Kenner   Yukio Yokoyama   Corrado Rollero

  Margarita Shevchenko (tie)

  Anna Malikova

  Takako Takahashi (tie)

  Caroline Sageman
XIII: 1995 Not Awarded   Philippe Giusiano

  Alexei Sultanov (tie)

  Gabriela Montero[3]   Rem Urasin   Rika Miyatani   Magdalena Lisak
XIV: 2000   Yundi Li   Ingrid Fliter   Alexander Kobrin   Sa Chen   Alberto Nosè   Mika Sato
XV: 2005   Rafał Blechacz Not awarded   Dong-Hyek Lim

  Dong-Min Lim (tie)

  Shohei Sekimoto

  Takashi Yamamoto

Not awarded   Ka Ling Colleen Lee
XVI: 2010   Yulianna Avdeeva     Lukas Geniušas[4]

  Ingolf Wunder (tie)

  Daniil Trifonov   Evgeni Bozhanov   François Dumont not awarded
XVII: 2015   Seong-Jin Cho   Charles Richard-Hamelin   Kate Liu   Eric Lu   Tony Yike Yang   Dmitry Shishkin

Chopin Piano Competition for AmateursEdit

Since 2009, the Chopin Piano Competition is held for amateur pianists as well. The amateur edition of the competition is organized by the Chopin Society of Warsaw. It is aimed at music lovers from all over the world, for whom playing the piano is a passion rather than a way of earning a living. Despite being much younger than other prominent competitions for amateur pianists (for example, the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris), it has already attracted a significant number of top-level participants.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Culture.pl
  2. ^ Website Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine of the International Chopin Competition, accessed 7 August 2014.
  3. ^ Website Archived 2019-07-03 at chopincompetition2015.com [Error: unknown archive URL] of the International Chopin Competition, accessed 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ Website Archived 2019-07-03 at chopincompetition2015.com [Error: unknown archive URL] of the International Chopin Competition, accessed 3 July 2019.
  5. ^ Website of the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition for Amateurs, accessed 6 February 2015.

BibliographyEdit

  • Jerzy Waldorff, Wielka gra: rzecz o konkursach chopinowskich ("Great playing: about Chopin Competitions"), Warsaw, Iskry, 1985, ISBN 83-207-0719-6.
  • Janusz Ekiert, The endless search for Chopin: the history of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, MUZA SA, 2000. ISBN 978-83-7495-812-7.

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