International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition 2021
The International Chopin Piano Competition is the most important music event in Poland and one of the most import ant music events in the world. Beside the huge role which it has played for over 90 years in popularization of Chopin’s music, it discovers the greatest piano talents, providing young musicians with the most effective start of the international career. It is a source of the multicultural polarization that is visible in the various interpretations of music of the outstanding composer.
The idea for creating the Competition came from the teacher and pianist Jerzy Żurawlew. Working with young people, he observed their keenness for rivalry and for displaying their talents, so he considered that a pianistic tournament would be the best way of encouraging them to play Chopin. At that time, implementing such an idea was by no means straightforward, and for years the Warsaw Competition was the only event of its kind in the world.
The Jury of the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition will include eminent artists, distinguished experts and excellent educators. They will select those who will contribute to the shape of the musical world over the coming decades. For it is all about music: its value, beauty and what it brings to life for all of us. This is what it is worth fighting for – and cheering on.
The Chopin Competition confirms the timelessness of the music of the brilliant Polish composer, from the very beginning it is far more than just a music tournament of the highest level. Attracting a growing number of pianistic talents from all over the world (452 entries in 2015, more than 500 in 2020!), it draws the attention of not only the international music community and music lovers, but also those who have little contact with classical music on a daily basis. In Poland it is a kind of national holiday, a headline event; on a global scale it is one of the most important music events.