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Rules and Regulations


  • Monday December 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST: Application deadline 

  • Monday January 10, 2022: contestants notified of admission to first round

  • February 5-6: First round online (24 contestants)

  • February 12-13: Second round online (12 contestants)

  • Thursday February 24: contestants arrive in Washington D.C.

  • Friday February 25: Semifinal round (6 contestants)

  • Saturday February 26: rehearsal day

  • Sunday February 27: Final round (3 contestants) followed by Awards Ceremony 


Application Requirements


  • Completed application form

  • Age limit up to 30 years of age

  • Age verification document: passport, state ID or any other official document

  • Letter of recommendation from current or most recent teacher

  • Biography of up to 300 words suitable for publicity including musical studies, institutions, participation in master classes, recent teachers, competitions entered, and awards received. 

  • YouTube link(s) of pre-screening performance.  Links may be emailed separately on or before the December 27 deadline. 

  • Digital high resolution photo

  • Non refundable application fee $150

  • Applications are to be submitted no later than Monday December 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. 

General Rules
  1. The 67th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition (hereinafter called "the Competition") will be held February 5 -27, 2022.   The preliminary round deadline is December 27, 2021.  First and second rounds, February 5-6 and 12-13, are held online and the semifinal and final rounds, February 25 and 27, are held in person at St. Ann Catholic Church 4001 Yuma Street NW, Washington D.C., 20016.

  2. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities representing a professional level of performance, ages 18-30, and who meet the requirements described in application requirements below.

  3. Age is determined by the start date of the competition, February 5, 2022.  Contestants must be born between February 6, 1991 and February 5, 2004.  

  4. Candidates entering the Competition must submit the required application documents and preliminary round video recording by 11:59 PM EST December 19, 2021.  Late submissions will incur a $50 late fee and may be accepted until December 26, 2021.  Results of the preliminary round will be announced by January 3, 2022. ​​

  5. Incomplete application or failure to meet the above mentioned requirement may result in rejection of the application. 

  6. The submitted documents will become the property of The Competition and will not be returned to the applicant.   

  7. Contestants selected for the first round will be notified via email on Monday January 3, 2022 and must accept or decline participation by Monday January 10. 

  8. All 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.    

  9. All works are to be performed by memory.  Repetitions are left to the discretion of the contestant. 

  10. The order of performances in the first and second round will be determined by the competition committee. 

  11. The competition jury/committee reserves the right to stop a contestant who exceeds the time limit of his/her performance.

  12. The competition will be open for public viewing.

  13.   The verdict of the jury is final.

  14. Any jury member who has taught a contestant within one year of the competition will abstain from voting for that contestant.

  15. Contestants are prohibited from contacting any member of the jury for the duration of the competition.  

  16. Travel to and from Washington D.C. for the semifinal round will be purchased upon the approval of the Competition.  Contestant travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $1000.  Arrangements made and/or tickets purchased without the approval of the Competition may result in the forfeiture of the travel reimbursement. 

  17. Semifinalists will be placed with a host family for the duration of the live competition in Washington D.C.  Access to a piano for practicing, meals, and transportation to and from competition activities will be provided by the host family.

  18. The Prizes are subject to USA IRS income tax reporting rules. (USA citizen/resident must provide a valid Social Security Number on a fully executed and signed IRS W9 form).

  19. The Foundation will not assist competition participants to obtain USA visas. At the interested party’s request, the competition office will provide a note confirming his/her acceptance to the competition and the abovementioned benefits.

  20. The Foundation takes no responsibility or liability for the Participants’ medical insurance, and other, not stated in the Competition Rules, expenses incurred with the participation in the competition. Competition participants are encouraged to obtain health insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in the USA to participate in the competition.

  21. The First Prize winner will perform if requested, a recital without remuneration for the benefit of the Foundation at a mutually agreed date.

  22. Each Competition participant will:

    • Permit the Foundation to make audio and visual recordings of performances during the Competition and the winners’ concerts and transfer to the Foundation all economic rights to these performances;

    • Permit the Foundation to make audio and visual recordings of images, statements and interviews given during the Competition and the winners’ concerts or relating to the Competition and the winners’ concerts; transfer to the Foundation all property rights to these statements and interviews, and permit the Foundation to disseminate his/her image recorded in connection with his/her participation in the Competition and the winners’ concerts.

    • Be required to sign a release waiving any rights to recorded material that is archived, published, broadcasted, or used for non-profit and or for promotional and educational purposes.

  23. The Foundation reserves the right to make any changes to the overall competition structure as it sees fit including changing the number and dates of the competition stages and editing rules and regulations.

  24. Registration to the competition implies the acceptance of the provisions included in the Rules & Regulations, as well as authorization to use the contestant’s personal data for promotions.

  25. Non-compliance with any of the rules disqualifies a contestant from participating.

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