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.
The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities between the ages of 5 and 26.
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.
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.
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.
The competition is one-stage and is based on recordings uploaded by participants to YouTube.
Whether in science, art or any other activity, true skill can only be acquired through daily work and effort. And this is absolutely certain.
Classification of groups shall be made according to the age of the contestants. There are four main categories that fall into groups.
21 to 26 year-olds
16 to 20 year-olds
11 to 15 year-olds
5 to 10 year-olds
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.
Guidance from our Competition Regulations on how to prepare recordings.
The whole silhouette of the pianist should be clearly visible. Each piece of the programme may be recorded separately.
The entire recording should be uploaded to a single file on your YouTube channel and marked as non-public.
The description of the recording shall include:
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.
The Jury will consist of renowned international musicians, concert pianists and pedagogues - personalities from the world of music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born in Nowy Sącz - educator, conductor, entrepreneur. A graduate of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław in the field of Artistic Education.
We invite you to listen to a virtuoso sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by the chairman of the jury, Dr Katarzyna Vernet.
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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In this section we present the most important information, which is a summary of our full Competition Regulations.