II International Competition
for Young Pianists

Chopin at Wawel

Kraków, JUNE 2019

International Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel” based upon the National Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel” is the first international, monographic,  piano competition held in Krakow. The originator and founder of the Competition, dr hab. Gajusz Kęska, repeatedly emphasized the need to promote the city as a center of performing the Fryderyk Chopin’s music, also by stating that in the past Krakow was the cradle of the Polish piano school. Here, in Krakow, the eminent pianists and pedagogues had lived and had led master classes: Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Halina Czerny – Stefańska, Regina Smendzianka, Adam Harasiewicz, Tadeusz Żmudziński and Jan Hoffman among others. They were all world-renowned interpreters of Chopin's music and laureates of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. 

First edition of the Competition from June 2015 has met with a great interest among the audience in Krakow.Contestants came from all across the Poland and the jury highlighted the very high level of their performances. II National Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel”, which is a continuation of initiated in the previous year "the return of Chopin's music at Wawel"has gained wide acclaim not only in the country but also abroad. This fact convinced organizers to extend the Competition range and give it the international rank. 

In year 2017 participants performed in four age groups (primary school students, middle school students, high school students and, for the first time, music schools’ graduates and students). Participants were judged by distinguished teachers and pianists at the same time, experts on Fryderyk Chopin’s artistic work and university professors from Poland and abroad. Following persons are invited to the Jury: prof. Andrzej Pikul (Chairman of the Jury), prof. Anna Malikova, prof. Aquiles Delle Vigne, prof. Yuki Matsuzawa, mgr Sławomir Zubrzycki and dr hab. Gajusz Kęska (Artistic Director of the Competition, Secretary of the Jury).

Competition is organized by Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Krakow and “Porta Musicae” Artistic Association and will be held in the auditorium "Florianka" - the concert hall of the Music Academy in Krakow, shared for Auditions thanks to the courtesy of the Academy authorities.



Międzynarodowy Konkurs Młodych Pianistów "Chopin pod Wawelem" © 2017

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