1. The 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition (hereinafter called "the Competition") will be held March 29-31, 2019, at the Kosciuszko Foundation House: 15 65th Street, New York, NY 10065.

  2. The Jury of the Competition will include pianists performing and teaching internationally.

  3. 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 in "APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS" (below).

  4. Candidates entering the Competition must submit the required application documents and video recording by January 1, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered. Selected candidates will participate in the Competition held in New York, March 29-31, 2019.


  1. January 1, 2019: materials submission deadline

  2. February 1, 2019: contestants notified of admission to semifinals

  3. Friday, March 29, 2019: arrival in New York City, piano testing, welcome reception, order draw

  4. Saturday, March 30, 2019: SEMIFINALS (12 contestants)

  5. Sunday, March 31, 2019: FINALS (6 contestants), followed by AWARDS CEREMONY


The Competition application must include the following items:

  • A completed application

  • A 200-word biographical note

  • 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 a 30 second-long self-introduction and a Pre-selection repertoire recording featuring the program outlined in REPERTOIRE.

  • $100 non-refundable application fee


  1. The application form and all correspondence relating to the participation in the Competition must be in English only. Incomplete application or failure to meet the above mentioned requirement may result in rejection of the application. The Foundation will not return the submitted documents and materials, which will become the Foundation's property.

  2. The application must be completed and submitted, along with all the necessary documents and payment by January 1, 2019. Receipts of applications will be automatically generated by the system.

  3. The candidate’s submission of his/her Competition application will be tantamount to the candidate’s acceptance of these Rules. The notification of the acceptance of the candidate’s application will mean that an agreement has been concluded between the Foundation and the candidate concerning all matters provided for in these Rules.