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Guide to the International Chopin Competition on period instruments

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On the anniversary of Poland’s regaining of independence, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, in collaboration with Polish Television and Polish Radio, is organizing an event of extraordinary character. The 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments will take place in September in Warsaw; subsequent editions will be organized every five years.

The Competition participants will be pianists from all over the world, aged 18 to 35. The Competition jury is comprised of outstanding representatives of the music world whose artistic and professional activity situates them among the most distinguished specialists in the field of historical performance.

The Competition schedule provides for three rounds: the first and second are solo recitals whose repertoire – apart from works by Chopin – will include selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as polonaises by Polish composers active in the first half of the 19th century. In the third round, the six finalists will perform the Chopin works with orchestra of their choice, accompanied by the legendary Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, well known to the Polish audience.

The Competition participants will have at their disposal period pianos from the collections of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Erards from 1838, 1849 and 1858; Pleyels from 1846 and 1854; and a Broadwood from 1843), originals and copies of period instruments brought in by European restorers and collectors. Aside from monetary prizes, the winners will also receive offers of prestigious concerts with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, as well as recording projects.

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SectionsPeriod instruments
DeadlineMay 2018
Finals12 - 14 Sep 2018
WhereWarsaw, Poland
Naruhiko Kawaguchi and Aleksandra Świgut (2nd equal prize) and Tomasz Ritter (1st prize) © Julien Hanck

Second youth: period instruments at the Chopin Competition

Warsaw hosts the first ever Chopin Competition to feature period instruments. We wander between pianos by Érard, Pleyel and Graf and talk to finalists and jury members about this unique event.
Buchholtz piano copy, made by Paul McNulty on the request of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute © Wojciech Grzedzinski

Exploring the sound world of Chopin on period pianos

Ahead of the inaugural International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in September, we talk to director Stanisław Leszczyński about reconstructing Chopin.