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2018 KF Chopin Piano Competition


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

Application deadline: May 1, 2018


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. 

Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition Historical Overview - DOWNLOAD HERE

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.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

  • Registration and material submission deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Contestants will be notified about admission to Semifinals by 15 June 2018
  • September 28, 2018 (Friday) – Arrival in New York City, piano testing, welcoming reception, drawing the order of the contestant's performances
  • September 29 (Saturday) – Semifinals (12 contestants)
  • September 30 (Sunday) – Finals (6 contestants) and the Awards presentation.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • A completed application available on the Kosciuszko Foundation's website
  • A 200-word biographical note
  • A photocopy of an official document indicating date of birth
  • One current professional quality portrait photograph (resolution 300dpi)
  • Photocopies of musical studies certificates
  • Two letters of recommendation in support of the Competition application, provided by pedagogues or outstanding music personalities
  • Documents certifying the candidate's major artistic activities in the past three years
  • A high-quality YouTube video recording containing a 30 second-long self-introduction and a Pre-selection repertoire recording featuring the program outlined in Part IV of the Competition Rules.
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee. 

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: chopin@thekf.org.

 Repertoire of the Pre-selection round video submission:

1)    Two Etudes by Fryderyk Chopin, one from each group (a & b) indicated below:

  • Op. 10 no. 1, 4, 5, 8, 12; Op. 25 no. 11.
  • Op. 10 no. 2, 7, 10, 11; Op. 25 no. 4, 5, 6, 10.

2)    One of the following works by Fryderyk Chopin:

  • Nocturne Op. 9 no. 3
  • Nocturne Op. 27 no. 1
  • Nocturne Op. 27 no. 2
  • Nocturne Op. 37 no. 2
  • Nocturne Op. 48 no. 1
  • Nocturne Op. 48, no. 2
  • Nocturne Op. 55 no. 2
  • Nocturne Op. 62 no. 1
  • Nocturne Op. 62 no. 2
  • Etude Op. 10 no. 3
  • Etude Op. 10 no. 6
  • Etude Op. 25 no. 7

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:

  • 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

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:

  • Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise brillante Op. 22
  • Polonaise Op. 44
  • Polonaise Op. 53
  • Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61

4. One of the following works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski:

  • Krakowiak, Op. 5 no. 1
  • Mazurka op. 5 no. 2
  • Krakowiak op. 5 no. 3
  • Melodie op. 8 no. 3
  • Cracovienne fantastique op. 14 no. 5
  • Legende op. 16 no. 1
  • Thème varié, Op. 16 no. 3
  • Melodie op. 16 no. 2
  • Nocturne op. 16 no. 4

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: chopin@thekf.org, (212) 734-2130, The Kosciuszko Foundation: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

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