Paderewski in memoriam

International Piano Competition

20-29 May 2021

About competition

The aim of the competition is to select the best young virtuoso pianists on the basis of their technical skills and artistic presentation.

The competition is dedicated to the distinguished Polish pianist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

International Piano Competition for young pianists

The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities between the ages of 5 and 26.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski holding hand of a child. Scene from movie Moonlight sonate from 1936
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A ceremonial gala and concerts of the prize winners

The award ceremony and concerts of the Grand Prix winners and the winners of the first places in all categories are planned live in the second half of 2021 in Poland.

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Motivating prizes

There will be cash prizes, diplomas, live recitals in prestigious concert halls, distinctions and online concerts for the winners in each category. The jury may also award non-statutory prizes and special prizes.

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Any repertoire

The programme of the competition is free, however virtuoso works will be given higher points. The only restriction is the duration of the recording which is separate for each age group.

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Online participation

The competition is one-stage and is based on recordings uploaded by participants to YouTube.

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Whether in science, art or any other activity, true skill can only be acquired through daily work and effort. And this is absolutely certain.
i. j. pADEREWSKI
Basic Info

Age groups

Classification of groups shall be made according to the age of the contestants. There are four main categories that fall into groups.

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Category A

21 to 26 year-olds

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    Group A1: 21-23 years
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    Group A2: 24-26 years
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Category B

16 to 20 year-olds

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    Group B1: 16-17 years
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    Group B2: 18-20 years
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Category C

11 to 15 year-olds

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    Group C1: 11-13 years
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    Group C2: 14-15 years
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Category D

5 to 10 year-olds

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    Group D1: 5-8 years
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    Group D2: 9-10 years

Recording time

Recording time depends on the group to which the participant has been qualified. The recording may include any repertoire chosen by the participant, but virtuoso pieces will be awarded with higher points.

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    Category A: up to 20 minutes
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    Category B: up to 15 minutes
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    Category C: up to 10 minutes
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    Category D: up to 7 minutes

Preparing recording

Guidance from our Competition Regulations on how to prepare recordings.

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Shot in the recording

The whole silhouette of the pianist should be clearly visible. Each piece of the programme may be recorded separately.

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Upload to YouTube

The entire recording should be uploaded to a single file on your YouTube channel and marked as non-public.

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Recording description

The description of the recording shall include:

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    The name of the competition: International Piano Competition Paderewski in Memoriam.
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    The pianist's first and last name
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    Country of origin
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    Competition programme (Name of composer, titile of work, key and if known the number and opus)

Participation in the Competition

In order to participate, it is necessary to fill in the application form with a link to the recording and to pay the competition fee.

Submitting the Application Form means that the participant has read the Regulations and accepts its content. The form is submitted by the participant, represented by a legal guardian in the case of minors.

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Jury

Evaluating experts

The Jury will consist of renowned international musicians, concert pianists and pedagogues - personalities from the world of music.

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Poland

Katarzyna Vernet

Head of the Jury

She studied with prof. Józef Stompel and prof. Andrzej Jasiński. Her musical activity oscillates around working at the Piano Department of the Penderecki Krakow Music Academy. She is associated with concert activities, conducting piano courses and workshops, and she is also invited as a member of a jury of piano competitions.

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France

Caroline Sageman

Jury Member

Ms. Sageman took 6th Prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1990. She has performed in France, Italy, Japan and Poland, playing recitals (notably with all-Chopin programmes) and symphony concerts. She has recorded for French radio and television, and for record company Lyrinx.

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Poland

Mirosław Herbowski

Jury Member

He is a graduate of the Penderecki Krakow Music Academy, which he graduated in 1982, receiving a diploma with honors. He studied in prof. Irena Sijałowa-Vogel class, a student of H. Neuhaus. He is a finalist and laureate of music competitions in Warsaw, Rotterdam and Rome. Since 2001 he has been lecturing at the Penderecki Krakow Music Academy.

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Japan

Koji Shimoda

Jury Member

Music critic, pianist and teacher. Koji Shimoda is also a passionate educator. The pianist has sat on the juries of many famous international competitions. Koji Shimoda is a distinguished music editor and author of numerous articles written for the most influential Japanese music magazines.

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USA

Cynthia Lawing

Jury Member

Her musical career has taken her throughout various countries, where she frequently presents solo recitals, lectures, and Master Classes. She frequently serve as clinician and adjudicator and have served on the board of North Carolina Music Teachers Association. She received a prestigious title Steinway Teacher Hall of Fame.

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China

Xun Hong

Jury Member

Hong Xun has performed solo piano recitals, chamber music, and concerto concerts in numerous major cities and countrys. Hong Xun won first places in numerous piano competitions. He has been repeatedly invited to be the guest speaker and master class tutor for The Steinway & Sons International Piano Competition and others.

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Poland

Zbigniew Kurzeja

Secretary of the Jury

Born in Nowy Sącz - educator, conductor, entrepreneur. A graduate of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław in the field of Artistic Education.

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Musical gift

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 21 "Waldstein" op. 53

We invite you to listen to a virtuoso sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the chairman of the jury, Dr Katarzyna Vernet.

Fees

Fees for the competition

The fee depends on the age group to which a participant applies. Detailed information is available in the Rules and Regulations.

After submitting the application form you will be redirected to make a secure payment.

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    Group C: 11 to 15 year-olds
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    Group D: 5 to 10 year-olds
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Organizers and cooperators of the competition

Cultural institutions that have agreed to become patrons of the Competition or to cooperate with us.

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

In this section we present the most important information, which is a summary of our full Competition Regulations.

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Who is the competition for?
The competition is intended for children and young people from all over the world between the ages of 5 and 26.
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How does the competition work?
The competition is a one-stage event, and the competition auditions are judged by the Jury appointed by the organiser.
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What piano works do I have to prepare for the recording?
The programme of the competition is free, however virtuoso pieces will be awarded higher points.
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How long does the recording have to be?
The length of the recording depends on the group in which the participant takes part: Group A: up to 20 minutes; Group B: up to 15 minutes; Group C: up to 10 minutes; Group D: up to 5 minutes.
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How do I know which group I qualify for?
The groups are divided by age: Group A2: 24 to 26 years old; Group A1: 21-23;  Group B2: 18 to 20 years old; Group B1: 16-17 years old; Group C2: 14-15 years old; Group C1: 11-13 years old; Group D2: 9-10 years old; Group D1: 5-8 years old.
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Are there any prizes?
Yes, this is a competition with prizes. Each participant will receive a commemorative diploma, and the winners will receive prizes and distinctions, as well as  Grand Prix in each group. Statutory prizes also include participation in the winners' concert with the participation of the audience or in the form of a recording.
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How to prepare a recording?
For detailed information on how to prepare a recording, please go to the Rules and Regulations subpage, where all the requirements are described in details in point no. 8.

Participate in the Competition

In order to participate, it is necessary to fill in the application form with a link to the recording and to pay the competition fee.