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The 68th
Kosciuszko Foundation
Chopin Piano Competition

February 28 - March 3, 2024

Semi Final Round Performance in Washington D.C. 

Final Round with Members of the

National Philharmonic and 
Maestro Piotr Gajewski

Competition Jury: Akiko Ebi,

Piotr Gajewski, Krzysztof Jabłonski,

Linda Petrikova, and Ewa Poblocka

 

Ages 17-30

 

Application Deadline January 12, 2024

The Kosciuszko Foundation
2025 O Street NW
Washington D.C., 20036

 

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Kosciuszko Foundation
Chopin Piano Competition

Garrick Ohlsson
Honorary Patron 

Winner of the 8th Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, 1970.

I send my best wishes to the participants and the organizers of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin
Piano Competition.

 

Chopin is the Rosetta Stone for pianism, and the Alpha and Omega for pianists.

To play Chopin well, the player needs impeccable physical skills, deep and wide tonal sensitivity, musicianship to deal with complex structures, and a sense of magic. The pianist who can do all this is equipped to take on almost any challenge in the piano repertory.

 

I salute all those who take on this challenge. May this competition succeed and thrive, and bring deserved attention to wonderful young pianists.

KFCC 2024 Competition

The Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Piano Competition was established in 1949, in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Frédéric Chopin. The inauguration took place at the Kosciuszko Foundation House in New York City, with Witold Malcuzynski as a guest artist, and Abram Chasins, composer and music director of the New York Times Radio Station, presiding. Over the years, many outstanding musicians have been associated with the competition including Van Cliburn, Ian Hobson, Daniel Pollak, Murray Perahia, Myung-whun Chung, Kevin Kenner, and Kirill Gerstein. Today, the Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Competition continues to encourage gifted young pianists to further their studies and to perform the works of Polish composers. 

Competition Schedule

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities representing a professional level of performance ages 17-30.

Preliminary round is through video audition.

Semifinal and final rounds are live in Washington D.C.

 

Preliminary Round 

Video recording 

Friday January 12
25 minute recital due with application 
Results announced January 19, 2024

Semifinal Round 

Solo Recital

Thursday February 29 and Friday March 1 
55 minute solo recital

St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington D.C

Final Round
Concerto Performance
Sunday March 3

Concerto performance with members of the National Philharmonic and Maestro Piotr Gajewski at St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington D.C.

Prizes & Awards

1st - $5,000

2nd - $3,000

3rd - $2,000

Szymanowski Prize - $1,500

Other Prizes and Performances TBA

Van Cliburn, winner of the 1952 KF Chopin Piano Competition with KF Founder Stephen Mizwa.

Competition
Jury

Notable Laureates

Repertoire

Preliminary Round 25 minute video recording

  • Two etudes from Op.10 and/or Op.25

  • One nocturne

  • Two Mazurkas

  • Free choice of any work(s) by Chopin. OPTIONAL if time allows (Waltz, Poloniase, ect.)

Semifinal Round 55 minute recital

  • A work(s) by Karol Szymanowski of at least 6 minutes.  Individual movements are acceptable. 

  • Large work(s) of Chopin: Sonata/Preludes/Ballade(s)/Scherzo(s), Fantasy, Barcarolle, etc.

  • The remainder of the program can be decided by the contestant, but must consist of work(s) by Chopin.
    The majority of the semifinal round program should be devoted to the music of Chopin. 

     

Final Round Concerto Performance

  • No.1 in E Minor OR

  • No.2 in F Minor

 

All video recordings for the preliminary round must be recorded in one place and at the same time, played from memory. Videos will be uploaded as four separate links. 1) Etudes 2) Nocturne 3) Mazuraks 4) Free Choice (optional)
 

Repertoire from the preliminary round may not  be repeated.

Repertoire

Meet The KFCC Team

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Barbara Bernhardt
Vice President
Kosciuszko Foundation and
Washington D.C. Director

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Martin Labazevitch
Artistic Director

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Jason Solounias
Competition Director

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Jolanta Stefanska
Advancement Director
©Stephen Jaffe 

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ReThink Classical
Media Partner

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation from the Cierpik Fund, Jan Gorbaty Memorial Fund, and from the donation made by Ms. Krystyna Piorkowska to the Cultural Fund. 

 

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland
Polish American Arts Organization, sponsor of the second prize

IMF/WB Polish Club

Pamela Polec

Bozena Radzewicz-Bak

Krzysztof Rucinski

Izabela Rutkowska

Jolanta Stefanska

Piotr Trabinski

Agnieszka Urbanowska
Jaroslaw Wieczorek

Katarzyna Zajdel-Kurowska

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Contact Us

The Kosciuszko Foundation
2025 O Street NW Washington D.C., 20036
chopin@thekf.org 

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