Applications are OPEN for
The 66th Kosciuszko Foundation
Chopin Piano Competition
September 29-30, 2018
The Kosciuszko Foundation: 15 E 65 Street, New York City
$20,000 in monetary awards
The Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Piano Competition was established in 1949, in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Frederic Chopin. The inauguration took place at the Kosciuszko Foundation House in New York City, with Witold Malcuzynski as a guest artist, and Abram Chasins, composer and music director of the New York Times Radio Station, presiding. Over the years, many outstanding musicians have been associated with the competition including Van Cliburn, Ian Hobson, and Murray Perahia. Today, the Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Competition continues to encourage gifted young pianists to further their studies and to perform the works of Polish composers.
Van Cliburn, winner of 1952 KF Chopin Piano Competition with KF Founder - Stephen Mizwa
The 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition (hereinafter called the Competition) will be held September 29-30, 2018 at the Kosciuszko Foundation House: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065.
The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities representing a professional level of performance, born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 2002 and who meet the requirements described in Part III.
The deadline for submission of complete application is May 1, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. Receipts of applications are automatically generated by the system.
THE COMPETITION REPERTOIRE
A. Stage I: Pre-selection – Video recording. Time limit: 30 minutes
The live video must be made with one camera, in one complete take. The hands of the contestant must be visible throughout. The repertoire must be played from memory. Once recorded, the video should be labeled with the name of the contestant, and the repertoire should be detailed in the video description. The video should be uploaded to YouTube as a private link. All documentation, including the link to the YouTube video should be sent by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Repertoire of the Pre-selection round video submission:
1) Two Etudes by Fryderyk Chopin, one from each group (a & b) indicated below:
2) One of the following works by Fryderyk Chopin:
3) One of the Etudes Op. 4 by Karol Szymanowski.
4) One of the Preludes Op. 1 by Karol Szymanowski
5) One of the following works by Fryderyk Chopin:
• Ballade Op. 23, Op. 38, Op. 47 or Op. 52
• Barcarole Op. 60
• Fantasia Op. 49
• Scherzo Op. 20, Op. 31, Op. 39, or Op. 54
The pieces may be performed in any order except the Chopin Etudes from groups a) and b), which have to be played one after the other.
B. Stage II: Semifinals, performed live in New York City. Time limit: 30 minutes
1. One of the following works by Fryderyk Chopin:
Contestants who played one of the Scherzos in the first stage, in the second stage should choose another genre from the group.
2. One of the following Waltzes by Fryderyk Chopin:
• Op. 18; Op. 34 no. 1; Op. 34 no. 3; Op. 42; Op. 64 no. 3
3. One of the following Polonaises by Fryderyk Chopin:
4. One of the following works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski:
The jury reserves the right to stop the contestant's performance should he/she exceed the allotted time
C. Stage III: Finals, performed live in New York City. Time limit: 45 minutes
1. Fryderyk Chopin: Sonata Op. 35 or Sonata Op. 58. Repetition of the exposition in the first movement of the B minor Sonata should be left out; repetition of the first movement of the B flat minor Sonata is optional.
2. Fryderyk Chopin: Full set of Mazurkas from the following: Op. 17, 24, 30, 33, 41, 50, 56, or 59. Mazurkas must be played in the order they are numbered in the opus.
3. Karol Szymanowski: Any two Mazurkas from Op. 50
Except the Mazurkas, the repertoire may be performed in any order. The jury reserves the right to stop the contestant's performance should he/she exceed the allotted time.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
First Prize: $10, 000 and a Gold Medal
Second Prize: $5,000 and a Silver Medal
Third Prize: $3,000 and a Bronze Medal
Special Award of $1,000 for the best interpretation of a work by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Special Award of $1,000 for the best interpretation of a work by Karol Szymanowski
Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York
For more information about the KF Chopin Piano Competition please contact us at: email@example.com, (212) 734-2130, The Kosciuszko Foundation: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065