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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


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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.

Announcing the Winners
of the 2024 Competition!

First Prize: Contestant 2, Yuya Nishimoto, Japan

Second Prize: Contestant 3, Athena Deng, Canada

Second Prize: Contestant 9, Antoni Kleczek, United States

Third Prize: Not Awarded

Best Performance of a Work by Karol Szymanowski: 
Contestant 2, Yuya Nishimoto, Japan and Contestant 3, Athena Deng, Canada

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

Chopin Piano Academy

Saturday March 2 Masterclass with competition jury

Akiko Ebi, Krzysztof Jablonski, and Ewa Poblocka

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.

Winners Concert 

Sunday March 3 at the Residence of the Polish Ambassador

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

Prizes & Awards

1st - $5,000

2nd - $3,000

3rd - $2,000

Szymanowski Prize - $1,500

Other Prizes and Performances TBA

Download Digital Competition Program


Opening Concert  With 2022 First Prize Laureate
Yun-Chih Hsu

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM 
At St. Ann Catholic Church
Wisconsin Avenue at Tenley Circle

Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60 CHOPIN
Andante Spianato et Polonaise Brillante, Op.22 CHOPIN
Theme and Variations in B-flat Minor, Op.3 SZYMANOWSKI
Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor Op.36, RACHMANINOFF

Free Admission 
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Notable Laureates


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.


Meet The KFCC Team

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

Martin Labazevitch
Artistic Director

Jason Solounias
Competition Director

Jolanta Stefanska
Advancement Director
©Stephen Jaffe 

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 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition is organized in partnership with the
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C.

Polish American Arts Organization

IMF/WB Polish Club


Special Thanks to Dr. James Trefil and Dr. Wanda O’Brien-Trefil for funding the third prize and hosting a contestant. 

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Contact Us

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

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