450 pianists from 45 countries have applied to take part in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. This record interest is much higher than five years ago, when 353 applications were submitted. The deadline for sending applications passed on 1 December 2014.
Pianists from the Far East feature heavily on the list of applications. The Competition Bureau has received 88 applications from Japan (31 more than for the last competition), 77 from China (and Taiwan) and as many as 56 from Polish pianists. There are also large groups from South Korea (47), Russia (35) and the United States (34).
The applications include video recordings of the pianists’ performance of the programme of the first round of the Competition, and they will be assessed by a Selection Committee headed by Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. The names of the 160 pianists selected for the public Qualifying Round, to be held in Warsaw from 13 to 24 April, will be announced by 9 March 2015. The two leading Polish pianists in the All-Poland Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, held in Warsaw from 31 January to 8 February 2015, will secure a bye to the Competition proper, without needing to qualify.
In accordance with the Rules, 80 pianists born between 1985 and 1999 will qualify for the Competition. They will be judged by an international jury led by Professor Popowa-Zydroń that features many former prize-winners of the Competition, such as Adam Harasiewicz (First Prize, 1955), Martha Argerich (First Prize, 1965), Garrick Ohlsson (First Prize, 1970), Dang Thai Son (First Prize, 1980) and the youngest among them, making his debut as a juror, Yundi Li (First Prize, 2000).
The Competition will be streamed live around the world on the competition’s website, http://konkurs.chopin.pl, and also on a special mobile application.
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Patron of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw 2015