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3rd International Competition of Polish Music

Support to participants
The Competition organiser shall reimburse the costs of the visit (board and lodging) incurred during the course of the Competition (from the opening of the Competition to the conclusion of one’s participation in the Competition) by those qualifiers who will go into the final stage (pianists – Finals, ensembles – Finals) and take part therein. The other participants shall bear the costs of their visit by themselves.

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SectionsPiano, Chamber ensemble
Deadline09 Nov 2022 - 15 Feb 2023
Finals02 - 09 Jul 2023
WhereRzeszów, Poland
Age groupsNo age restrictions
In brief

The The 3rd International Competition of Polish Music will take place from 2 to 9 July 2023 at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów.

The competition is held every two years and can be designed for different performance ensembles. The third edition of the competition will be held in two categories – piano and chamber ensembles. The competition is open to musicians-instrumentalists who apply individually and as chamber ensembles (from duos to six-member ensembles). There are no restrictions on the age and nationality of participants in the competition.

The primary objective of the International Competition of Polish Music is to popularise Polish music worldwide and showcase the masterful works written by 60 distinguished Polish composers.

The Competition promotes Polish music written in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially newly discovered works that can be restored to concert practice by the participants of the event. The Competition is dedicated to professional musicians, regardless of their age or citizenship. It aims to disseminate the featured compositions amongst a wide spectrum of international recipients and provide the legacy of the successive generations of Polish composers with appropriate analyses and new editions. The Competition equally endeavours to promote talented musicians who are willing to include lesser-known works written by Polish composers in the repertoire they regularly perform. It was also established to promote Poland as a meeting place of the international public during artistic events.

For more information visit the website of the 3rd International Competition of Polish Music. To apply for the pianist category click here. For the chamber ensemble visit this page


a) First Prize –  €20,000;

b) Second Prize – €10,000;

c) Third Prize – €8,000;

d) Fourth Prize – €6,000; 

e) Fifth Prize – €4,000;

f) Sixth Prize – €2,000;

g) Honourable Mentions – €500;

h) In Category I, a prize of 1000 euros for the best performance of a work by one of the following composers to be selected by the Participant: Antoni Stolpe, Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Raul Koczalski;

i) In Category II, a prize of 1000 euros for the best performance of a work by one of the following composers to be selected by the Participant: Antoni Stolpe, Witold Maliszewski, Antoni Szałowski.

Jury of the 2023 competition


Aleksandra Žvirblytė - Pianist (Lithuania); Jarosław Drzewiecki - Pianist (Poland); Hubert Rutkowski - Pianist (Poland); Tobias Koch - Pianist (Germany); Jonathan Plowright - Pianist (Great Britain); Krzysztof Jabłoński - Chairman of the Jury, Pianista (Poland)


Łukasz Długosz - Flutist (Poland); Yarosław Shemet - Conductor (Ukraine); Alexander Gebert - Cellist (Poland/Finland); Cobus Swanepoel - Cellist (South Africa/Switzerland); Johannes Meissl - Violinist (Austria); Ewa Kupiec - Pianist (Poland); Robert Morawski - Pianist (Poland); Andrzej Tatarski - Pianist (Poland); Paweł Zalejski - Chairman of the Jury

Read about the 2021 competition
Looking back at the 2019 competition

The first edition of the Competition took place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów between 20 and 27 September 2019. 

The first prize in the piano category was awarded to the Russian pianist Pavel Dombrovsky, a graduate of several Moscow art schools. The second prize was won by the Polish pianist Piotr Ryszard Pawlak. The third prize was given to Mateusz Krzyżowski. Honourable mentions in this category went to Michał Dziewior, Tymoteusz Bies and Ivan Shemchuk from Ukraine.

The first prize in chamber ensembles was awarded to a violin duo from Poland – Gidaszewska / Łaguniak Duo (currently known as Polish Violin Duo). In this category, the second prize was shared by a string quartet (Ãtma Quartet) and a wind quintet (Cracow Golden Quintet). There was no third prize in the chamber ensembles category, but the honourable mentions fell to Roksana Kwaśnikowska / Łukasz Chrzęszczyk, Novi Piano Duo and Apeiron Trio.