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The Kosciuszko Foundation NYC

The 66th

Kosciuszko Foundation

Chopin Piano Competition

The Kosciuszko Foundation

15 East 65th Street

New York, NY 10065

 

CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of the Kosciuszko Foundation 66th Chopin Piano Competition:

1st Prize – Takeshi Nagayasu
2nd Prize – Seungjin Han 
3rd Prize – Hengyi Ye


Honorable Mention: Philip Kwoka

 

Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work by Ignacy J. Paderewski - Seungjin Han
 

Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work by Karol Szymanowski - Seungjin Han

Special Awards for the 1st Prize Winner:


· Stage performance as Gala Artist at the 2019 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
· Tuition scholarship to participate in the 2019 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC
· Yamaha Disklavier Recording session
· A solo recital at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NY
· Stage performance during the Chopin Tribute Concert organized by the Kosciuszko Foundation in 2020

Awards Presentation Ceremony - March 31, 2019 at the Kosciuszko Foundation - Photo Gallery (photo credit: Wojtek Maslanka) - Click HERE 
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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, and Murray Perahia. 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. 

$20,000 in monetary awards

 

 

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities representing a professional level of performance, born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 2001 and who meet the requirements described below:

 

 
REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • A completed application

  • A 200-word biography

  • A photocopy of an official document indicating date of birth

  • One current professional quality portrait photograph (resolution 300dpi)

  • Photocopies of musical studies certificates

  • One letter of recommendation in support of the Competition application, provided by pedagogues or outstanding music personalities

  • Documents certifying the candidate's major artistic activities in the past three years

  • A high-quality YouTube video recording, containing: 1) a 30 second self-introduction and 2) a pre-selection repertoire recording featuring the program outlined in Rules & Regulations

  • A $100 non-refundable application fee

 

 

APPLICATION RULES

 

 

 

Application Deadline: January 1st, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

P R I Z E S  &  A W A R D S

Prizes:

 

  • First Prize - $10,000 & Gold Medal

  • Second Prize - $5,000 & Silver Medal

  • Third Prize - $3,000 & Bronze Medal

  • Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work by Ignacy J. Paderewski - $1,000

  • Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work by Karol Szymanowski - $1,000

 

Special Awards for the First Prize Winner:

 

  • Stage performance as Gala Artist at the 2019 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles

  • Tuition scholarship to participate in the 2019 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC

  • Yamaha Disklavier Recording session

  • A solo recital at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NY

  • Stage performance during the Chopin Tribute Concert organized by the Kosciuszko Foundation in 2020

 
 

Jury

DR. MAGDALENA BACZEWSKA
Artistic Director
MAREK ZEBROWSKI,
USC Thornton School of Music
Jury Member
JEROME ROSE, Mannes College
Jury Member​
JEFFREY COHEN,
Manhattan School of Music
Jury Member

Contact

For more information about the KF Chopin Piano Competition, please contact us at:
chopin@thekf.org
(212) 734-2130

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 1, 2019

Competition pianos provided by:
Yamaha Artist Services New York