The idea of public competitions for young artists in the interpretation of Chopin’s music has for years found supporters in Poland, but also around the world. On almost every continent, competitions are organized that are dedicated mainly or exclusively to Chopin’s music. Some of them now have several decades of tradition behind them; others were founded recently. One of the youngest competitions is the Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, the first edition of which will take place from 17 to 30 October 2016.
The Beijing competition is addressed to pianists aged 12–26. The Competition jury will include, among others, pianists familiar from the jury of the most recent edition of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw: Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń (chairperson), Prof. Andrzej Jasiński, Piotr Paleczny and Dina Yoffe. The competition takes place in two age groups – junior (for those born on or after 1 January 1999) and senior (for those born on or after 1 January 1990).
The competition is in three rounds, and its program is comprised exclusively of works by Fryderyk Chopin. Following the model of the Warsaw Competition, in the final round, the pianists from the senior group will perform one of Fryderyk Chopin’s concerti. Interestingly, the junior group will measure itself with more rarely performed works for piano and orchestra by the Polish composer. The pianists will perform the Variations in B-flat major on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ op. 2, the Fantasy in A major on Polish Themes op. 13 or the Rondo à la Krakowiak in F major op. 14.
The application deadline is 20 May 2016 (more information on applications, along with detailed rules and regulations: www.chopin.com.cn/).
The executive director of the Competition is Prof. Li Min – a pianist, vice-chairperson of the Chinese Music Association, which has also been organizing the Beijing International Music Festival since 2006. The artistic director of the Competition is the chairperson of the Chinese Music Association – Prof. Wu Ying.
Competition is co-hosted by Beida Jade Bird Music Group, the Beijing 21st Century China-Poland Culture & Arts Exchange Center, Beida Jade Bird World and the Musical China (Beijing) Culture and Arts Co., Ltd. Authorized by Ministry of Culture of PRC, supported by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the Culture.pl, Polish Institute–Culture Service of the Polish Embassy in Beijing and the TIANJIE GROUP.