The music of Fryderyk Chopin, composed more than one hundred and fifty years ago and widely played and listened to from the very beginning, is enjoying increasing popularity. Evidence of this astonishing phenomenon includes the oldest and most important monographic music competition devoted to the Polish composer’s music: the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. The latest edition of the Competition significantly surpassed the previous edition in terms of the number of pianists taking part and the number of observers – viewers and listeners. The idea for a public rivalry among young artists in the art of interpreting Chopin’s music, out of which, almost a century ago, a Competition was founded in the composer’s homeland, has attracted adherents from outside Poland for many years. Competitions devoted solely or largely to Chopin’s music are organised on every continent. Some of them already have an established tradition, dating back several decades, and can boast a vital contribution to the world of music, as can be gauged from the careers enjoyed by their prize-winners. Others were set up quite recently. There are also competitions that have yet to take place, for which the organisational and financial foundations are still being painstakingly laid. There are competitions for adults, for children and youngsters, international and national competitions, differing in their artistic programme, the pool of prizes, the selection of the jurors, the principles of adjudication, the way in which participants are supported and prize-winners promoted, the interest of the public and the resonance in the media, the support of local government and local business…


We wish to show all of this on our website. We will be expanding the pool of knowledge relating to existing initiatives, as well as short-lived projects and competitions which are only just getting going. Besides our own research, we will draw on knowledge previously gathered and set in order. Above all, however, we wish to invite individuals involved in the organising of Chopin competitions to collaborate with us. We invite you to help create our website.


Regulations for the cooperation/patronage and partnership between the NIFC, the organizer of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, and other international Chopin competitions