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The 67th
Kosciuszko Foundation
Chopin Piano Competition

February 5-27, 2022

A Hybrid Competition
Featuring 
Recitals Online and
Live Performances in Washington D.C.

Final Round with Members of the

National Philharmonic and 
Maestro Piotr Gajewski

Preliminary And Competition Jury Includes Akiko Ebi, Piotr Gajewski (Chair),
Claire Huangci, Krzysztof Jabłonski,
Stanislav Khristenko, Alexander Kobrin
And Piotr Paleczny

 

Ages 18-30

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 2022.

 

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.

Congratulations to the 2022 Prize Winners!

Yun Chih Hsu (Taiwan) First Prize

Jiana Peng (China) Second Prize

Fantee Jones (United States) Third Prize

Daniel Szefer (Poland/United States) Szymanowski Prize

Award Ceremony Sunday February 27, 2022
At the Residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

Final Round

Concerto Performance with Members of the

National Philharmonic and Maestro Piotr Gajewski

 

Sunday February 27, 2022 from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

At St. Ann Catholic Church 4001 Yuma St. NW Washington D.C. 20016

Yun Chih Hsu (Taiwan)
Frederic Chopin: Concerto No.1 in E minor Op. 11

Jiana Peng (China)
Frederic Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21

Fantee Jones (United States)
Frederic Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11

Saturday February 26 Masterclass
with Akiko Ebi, Alexander Kobrin, and Piotr Paleczny

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
At St Ann Catholic Church 4001 Yuma St NW, Washington DC

12:00 - 1:00 PM Min Joo Yi, Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor with Aki Ebi

1:00 - 2:00 PM Daniel Szefer, Sonata No. 3 with Alexander Kobrin

2:00 - 3:00 PM Biguo Xing, Fantasie, with Piotr Paleczny

 

KFCC 2022 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 18-30.

Preliminary, first, and second rounds are all online.  Semifinal and final rounds are live in Washington D.C.

 

Preliminary Round: Video recording
20 minute recital 
Results announced January 3, 2022

Sunday February 6: First Round Online
Watch on KF YouTube Channel

20 minute solo recital video recording 

 

Saturday-Sunday February 12-13: Second Round Online
Watch
on KF YouTube Channel
30 minute solo recital video recording
Results announced Sunday February 13

 

Friday February 25: Semifinal Round Live Performance
50 minute solo recital at St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington D.C

Saturday February 26: Live-Streamed Masterclasses 

With Akiko Ebi, Alexander Kobrin, Piotr Paleczny and semifinalists.

At St. Ann Catholic Church

Sunday February 27: Final Round Live Performance

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

Prizes & Awards

Cash 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.

 

Notable Laureates

Repertoire

Preliminary Round 20 minute video recording

  • One etude from Op.10 or Op.25

  • One nocturne

  • Free choice of any work(s) by Chopin

 

First Round 20 minute video recording

  • One etude from Op.10 or Op.25

  • One nocturne

  • One waltz

  • Free choice of any work(s) by Chopin
     

Second Round 30 minute video recording

  • One polonaise

  • Mazurkas, one complete opus

  • Four consecutive preludes

  • Free choice of any work(s) by Chopin
     

Semifinal Round 50 minute Live Performance

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

  • Large work(s) of Chopin: Sonata/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

 

Preliminary Round videos must be recent, unedited, and may be sent as separate video links. 
Repertoire from the preliminary round may be repeated, no more than once, in the first, second, or semifinal round. 
 

Video recordings for the first and second online rounds must be unedited and works performed in sequence, in one video take, as in a live performance.

 

Meet The KFCC Team

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Barbara Bernhardt
Kosciuszko Foundation 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
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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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