The international Chopin piano competition draws to a close

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The jury of the Frédéric Chopin international piano competition heard from the last finalists in Warsaw before announcing the winner of the first prize of 40,000 euros (45,000 dollars) of the prestigious event which launches global careers.

WARSAW, Poland – The jury of the Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition heard from the final finalists on Wednesday in Warsaw before announcing the winner of the first prize of 40,000 euros ($ 45,000) at the prestigious event that launches global careers.

The jury will meet to deliberate in the evening after the last four of the 12 finalists have performed a Chopin concerto with the orchestra during the day. The other eight finalists played on Monday and Tuesday.

The verdict is expected late at night at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

Bowing to their artistry, the 17-member jury allowed two more finalists than usual this year. The competition, held every five years, has been postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

Observers noted that the level of competition was very high this year and said it was difficult to pick a favorite to win.

All of the finalists are “very exceptional artists,” said Aleksander Laskowski, spokesperson for the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, which organized the competition.

The winner will receive a gold medal and the financial award funded by the Polish president, as well as prestigious recording and concert contracts.

The second prize is worth 30,000 euros (35,000 dollars), the third prize is 20,000 euros (23,000 dollars) and the fourth is 15,000 euros (17,000 dollars). There are also prizes for fifth, sixth and seventh places as well as other prizes for finalists, funded by the Polish government, musical institutions and private donors.

Chopin, Poland’s best known and most beloved classical composer and pianist, was born in 1810 in Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw to a Polish mother and a French father. He left Poland at the age of 19 to deepen his musical training in Vienna and then in Paris, where he settled, composed, gave concerts and taught the piano. He died on October 17, 1849 in Paris and was buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery. His heart is in the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw.


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