Competition for Amateur Pianists


The International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the fourth edition of the Competition to be held from 16-21 September 2018 in Warsaw.  We hope that pianists from all over the world, for whom playing the piano is a passion rather than a way of earning a living, will find participation in the Competition an attractive proposition.
The rules of competition basically remain unchanged (see Rules).  However, since in 2018 Poland will celebrate a hundred years of regaining independence, we have introduced a new requirement.  Participants will be required to perform a piece by Ignacy Jan Paderewski of their own choosing.  Our intention is to honour Paderewski, a great pianist and composer, Chopin’s spiritual heir, but also a prominent politician whose tireless efforts largely contributed to Poland regaining her independence in 1918.


The Fourth International

Fryderyk Chopin Competition

for Amateur Pianists

Warsaw 2018





  1. The Fourth International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists, organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Society, will be held in Warsaw, September 16 to 21, 2018.


  1. The Jury of the Competition will comprise outstanding pianists and piano teachers.


  1. The Competition is open to persons of all nationalities who
  • were born before 1 September 1993,
  • do not earn their living from piano performance or instruction,
  • are not studying piano at a music school / conservatory or completed their formal piano studies before 2013,
  • did not win top prize in the previous editions of the Competition.



  1. Candidates wishing to enter the Competition are required to complete legibly in Polish or English the application form attached to these Rules and email it to or send by mail to:

Towarzystwo im. Fryderyka Chopina
Tamka 43
00-355 Warszawa


The deadline for receiving applications is 14 April 2018.

Documents to be enclosed with the application form should include:

a. short biographical note (in Polish or English), clearly indicating the candidate’s professional career,
b. photocopy of document indicating date of birth (translation into Polish or English should be provided),
c. one digital, high-resolution photograph,
d. list of works to be played during the Competition (1st stage, 2nd stage, final), including the length of each piece,
e. a CD, DVD, memory card, pen drive or a sound file (MP3,Wav) with the candidate’s recording of works by 18th - 20th century composers, including one piece by Chopin, approx. 20 minutes in length,
f. record of application fee payment of 50 Euro or 60 USD or 200 PLN. If the applicant is accepted, there will be an additional payment of 100 Euro or 120 USD or 400 PLN.


  1. The candidate will pay all money transfer fees charged by the bank.


  1. The entrance fee and the additional payment are not refundable.


  1. Payments should be made into the Society’s account:


Towarzystwo im. Fryderyka Chopina
Tamka 43
00-355 Warszawa


  • payments in PLN:



31 1910 1048 2209 9981 8939 0001


  • payments in USD:




IBAN – PL 74 1910 1048 2209 9981 8939 0003


  • payments in EURO:




IBAN – PL 04 1910 1048 2209 9981 8939 0002


The applicant’s name and purpose of payment “Wpłata na IV Konkurs dla Pianistów Amatorów” should be indicated.


  1. Application will be rejected if any of the above documents is / are missing or if received after 14 April 2018.
  2. Submitted documents will not be returned.



  1. The applications meeting the 14 April 2018 deadline will be examined by the Qualifying Commission. The Commission will have the right to reject an application without giving reasons for doing so.

The Commission will be appointed by the Fryderyk Chopin Society.

The Competition Director will chair the Commission’s meetings.

  1. The Commission’s decisions will be final and incontestable.
  2. The Qualifying Commission will assess the recordings and accept about 40 candidates for the first stage.



  1. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by 20 May 2018.
  2. Acceptance of the application means that a contract has been concluded between the Fryderyk Chopin Society and the applicant for participation in the Competition on terms and conditions set out in these Rules.
  3. Participants are required to come to Warsaw on 15 September 2018 at the latest and register with the Competition Office.






  1. Candidates will pay for their own travel, board and accommodation.
  2. Contestants will perform in two stages and in the final.
  3. Participants will have the opportunity to test-play the piano on which they will perform during the Competition. On 15 September 2018 participants will receive the date and time of test-playing and of their first performance, and the timetable for practising.
  4. The Fryderyk Chopin Society will make available pianos for all contestants to practise:
  • 2 hours daily in the first stage,
  • 2.5 hours in the second stage,
  • 3 hours in the final.



  1. Contestants will appear in the alphabetical order of their names, beginning with the drawn letter. This order will basically be followed throughout the Competition.
  2. For organisation and programme related reasons the Competition Office has the right to change the sequence of a day's performances.

In the event of a contestant's illness, confirmed by the Competition's medical service, the contestant may be allowed to perform outside the established sequence, at the end of the current stage.  Such altered order of appearances will be irrevocable until the end of the Competition.

  1. In principle not more than 20 participants will be passed into the second stage and up to 8 into the final.
  2. All performances will be open to the public.



  1. The Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Society will appoint the Chairman and members of the Jury.
  2. The Jury will work in accordance with the Rules of the Jury approved by the Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Society.



Competition Programme


Stage I – playing time 15-20 minutes

  • a waltz by Fryderyk Chopin, a piece by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and some pieces by 18th-20th century composers of the contestant’s own choosing (contestants may also play other works by Chopin and Paderewski).


Stage II – playing time 15-20 minutes

  • two mazurkas by Fryderyk Chopin and some pieces by 18th-20th century composers of the contestant’s own choosing (contestants may also play other works by Chopin).


Final – playing time 20-25 minutes

  • a polonaise by Fryderyk Chopin and some pieces by 18th-20th century composers of the contestant’s own choosing (contestants may also play other works by Chopin).




Music can be purchased on-line:



Works played in a previous stage may not be performed again.

It is recommended that pieces be played from memory, but playing from music is allowed.

Should a contestant overrun the time limit, the Jury Chairman may stop their performance.



  1. The Jury will assess the contestants’ interpretations in accordance with the Rules of the Jury.
  2. The finalists will be awarded the following prizes:


  • first prize                         -   10,000 PLN
  • second prize                         -     8,000 PLN
  • third prize                         -     6,000 PLN


  • 5 honourable mentions             -   3,000 PLN each


  • Prize for the best performance

of a Paderewski work                  -   3,000 PLN

  • Prize for the best contestant who did not qualify for the final – 2,000 PLN


  1. Each finalist will be named Laureate of the Fourth International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists. All contestants will receive participation diplomas.
  2. The Jury has the right to change by a 2/3 majority the classification of prizes and honourable mentions with the proviso that the individual prizes and mentions will be neither lower nor higher than provided for in the Rules of the Competition.
  3. All decisions made by the Jury will be final and incontestable.
  4. The award ceremony will be held on September 21st, 2018.



  1. Winners of the three top prizes are obliged to appear free-of-charge in the winners' concert to be held on 21 September 2018. An unexcused absence from the above concert will be tantamount to giving up the prize money.
  2. The Jury will establish the programme of the concert in consultation with the performers.



The participants will transfer to the Fryderyk Chopin Society free-of-charge their copyrights arising from:

  • their performance of works during the Competition,
  • their performance of works during the winners’ concert,
  • their rights to their visual representations created in any photographic or recording technology during their performance in the Competition and the winners’ concert.


The participants will transfer the above-mentioned rights free-of-charge, so that the Fryderyk Chopin Society can use these rights without any time or territorial limit for the purpose of:


  1. recording,
  2. reproducing / duplicating in any technology,
  3. offering for sale,
  4. storing in computer memory or presenting on the Internet or any other network,
  5. public replaying or performing,
  6. exhibiting / displaying,
  7. projecting on a screen,
  8. licensing,
  9. leasing,
  10. broadcasting on cable or wireless radio/television by ground transmitters or via satellite.
  11. live and/or simultaneous and integral radio/TV broadcasts and replays.


The above-mentioned rights will be exercised in the areas indicated above by persons, companies, radio and TV broadcasting stations and recording companies authorised to do so by the Fryderyk Chopin Society.



The Competition Director will make all decisions on organisation-related matters exceeding the powers of the Jury.  His decisions will be final and incontestable.  In case of doubt the Polish language version of the Rules will be used in interpreting and clarifying their provisions.  Any matter not provided for in these Rules will be subject to Polish law, and any disputes will be settled by a court of law in whose jurisdiction the registered office of the Fryderyk Chopin Society is located.

Application form & repertoire

Download here

List of accepted candidates
List of accepted candidates


No. Name


1. Alexandre De Almeida Leite Germany
2. Mustafa Saffet Bayka Turkey
3. Julien Bedon France
4. Miriam Perez Berro Argentina
5. Anna Bronowicz Poland
6. Javier Fernandez Carrasquilla Spain
7. Carl Mathew DiCasoli USA
8. Pang-Yen Chang Taiwan
9. Chungte Cheng USA
10. Roman Jan Cybulski Poland
11. Marina Fish Canada
12. Thierry Goldwaser France
13. Jonathan Hanks USA
14. Kazuteru Hatanaka Japan
15. Roseanna Wen-Yee Ho USA
16. Shoko Horita Japan
17. Mari Ide Japan
18. Nobue Iwata Japan
19. Marcin Kaźmierczak Poland
20. Justin Kennedy Australia
21. Joowon Kim South Korea
22. Nobuaki Kiyama Japan
23. Paul Kosak USA
24. Andy Liao USA
25. Carole Morneau France
26. Kaoru Nagashima Japan
27. Hiroshi OE Japan
28. Cezary Olszewski Poland
29. Nicola Ormando Italy
30. Jose Mauro Peixoto Brazil
31. Thomas Prat France
32. Cédric Rainaud France
33. Robin Stephenson France
34. Ewa Suchowierska Poland
35. Sean Sutherland Saint Vincent and Grenadines
36. Keita Tanaka Japan
37. Yinuo Tang China
38. Utako Tanigawa USA
39. Hiroko Toya Japan
40. Ichiro Ujiie Japan



The Hall of Mirrors, Staszica Palace, ul. Nowy Świat 72

15 September – registration of participants

16 September – piano practice, test-playing, inaugural concert

17 September – first round performances

18 September – first round performances

19 September – second round performances

20 September – final performances

21 September – winners’ concert