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Chopin International Piano Competition, Hartford, CT March 10-13, 2016




I would like to encourage all piano students and their professors to take part in the VI Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. The event, presented exclusively by Connecticut Chopin Foundation, will be held at Greater Hartford Arts Academy in Hartford, CT from 10 to 13 March 2016. There will be also a master class of internationally acclaimed concert pianist and professor- Dr. Krystian Tkaczewski on March 9 and on March 13.


In the past editions of Chopin competition took part pianists representing 18 countries and five continents. Our laureates consist of previous prize winners of such competitions as: Busoni, Sendai, Bachauer and Horowitz.


The judges of Chopin competition have represented such countries as: Poland, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Taiwan and USA. They were all experienced adjudicators, previously invited by such competitions as: Bachauer, Bonn, Cliburn, Helsinki, Isang Yun, Jaen, Kapell, Osaka, Rubinstein, San Jose, Vienna, among others.


The Chopin Competition in Hartford received various recognitions and awards from state and federal government officers as: US representative John Larson, Mayor Pedro Segarra and Governor Dannel Malloy. The Fox News hailed Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford as "the most important musical event of the opening of the year in the State of Connecticut." The Chopin International Competition in Hartford is the most important piano competition in the State of Connecticut and the most important Chopinesque international event in State of Connecticut and an entire New England.


Best regards,


Krystian Tkaczewski


Artistic Director and President of Jury of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford

Artistic Director of International Chopin Festival in Busko Zdroj Artistic Director of Connecticut Chopin Foundation





• VII Chopin International Piano Competition is open to pianists of any nationality.

• Competition will take place at Polish National Home in Hartford, CT from 10-13 March 2016

• The competition will be held in three age categories: Category "Junior" - up 12 years old, Category "Young Artist" - up 17 years old, Category "Professional" - no age limit

• Participants will be judged according to the following systems:

Category "Junior"

Grand Prix 98/100 (minimum) medal and diploma (Only one pianist , receiving the highest score can be awarded Grand Prix)

I prize 95/100 -diploma

II prize 90/100 -diploma

III prize 85/100 -diploma

Honorable mention 80/100 -diploma

Category "Young Artist" will be judged on the majority of votes. Category "Professional" consists of two stages. An advance to the final round is on the simple majority of votes. If the total of positive votes is equal, the additional scoring system will be applied. Final round will be judged on the point system:

I prize - minimum 95 points,

II prize - minimum 92 points,

III prize- 90 points,

Honorable mention 85 points.

Jury doesn't have to award all prizes if the level of performance is insufficient.

• Voting procedure can be altered by majority of votes

• Any participant can take part in various categories under following conditions :

1.Will pay all application fees respectively.

2. Will present different repertoire for each category.

• Application fees will not be refunded under any circumstances.

• All competition performances are open for public.

• The order at which participants appear will be determined by drawing lots.

• All performances must be by heart.

• Repertoire may not be repeated in subsequent rounds.

• There is not allowed to perform self-composed pieces and composition requiring preparation of the piano.

• Except transciptions (final stage Cat. "Professional") all pieces must be officially published.

• The order of works may be determined by performer

• The jury reserves the right to not award all prizes. The decision of the jury is final and is not subject to challenge or any review. The committee reserves the right to make changes to the jury panel.

• Students of judges are allowed to participate in the competition, but may not be judged by the jury member who is a teacher of the contestant.

• All winners including honorable mentions and special prizes (if asked by organizing committee) must perform at the winners recital scheduled on Sunday, March 13, 2016

• Therefore they are obliged to perform without any renumeration

• If refused to perform, the competitor looses right using the title of laureate of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT.

• The contestants receiving prizes, honorable mentions, special prizes, but not chosen to participate in the Winners Concert, are obliged to collect their prizes during Award Ceremony (held together with the winners concert).

• Contestants who decide to not appear, will forfeit the right to use the tiltle of the laureate of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT.

• The organizing committee will not accept any absence (health problem, communication delays, etc) under any conditions.

• All participants of Chopin International Piano Competition receive the free admission to the winners concert.

• It doesn't contain parents, teachers, and all other accompanying people, who pay an admission fee in the price of 25 USD.

• Prizes may be subject to tax, according to U.S. tax laws in effect at the time of the competition.te in the Winners Concert, are obliged to collect their prizes during Award Ceremony (held together with the winners concert).

• Contestants who decide to not appear, will forfeit the right to use the tiltle of the laureate of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT.

• Foreign competitors are responsible for obtaining their own passports and visas. Competitors should contact the nearest American Embassy or consulate for advice.

• Competitors must pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

• In the course of their careers, prize-winners may not undertake to claim to have won any prizes other than those they have actually been awarded.

•The competition has the right, without being obliged to pay any form of renumeration to either competitors or their managers, to: Commission radio, television, video and film recordings and/or images of all the performances. Produce and sell CDs, DVDs or video of all the performances, either in part or in their entirety, or to commission third parties with the production and sale thereof.

• Any contact with members of international jury is strictly forbidden during the entire competition.

• Special requests for jury comments in a written form have to be communicated in the time of application process. Transcripts with translated into English comments, can be ordered in the price of 40 USD. Comments will appear without names of particular judges.

• Changes in repertoire cannot be made after February 10, 2016.

• Winners if asked, have to provide either SSN or ITIN to receive monetary prizes.




"Junior" (max 13 min.)

• One piece by Chopin

• One or more compositions chosen by the candidate


Category "Young Artist" (20 min.)

• F.Chopin- one Etude freely chosen by contestant.

• F.Chopin- one piece chosen by contestant

• One or more compositions chosen by the candidate


Category "Professional"

Preliminary Round

• Any virtuosic piece (max. 5 minutes)

• F.Chopin - one Etude freely chosen by the contestant opp.10 and 25

• One Etude by other composer than Chopin

• One Mazurka by Chopin


Final Round (30-40 min.)

• One of the following pieces by Chopin: Ballades, Scherzi, Fantasia op. 49, Polonaises (op. 22, 44, 53, 61), or first and last movement (both) of Sonata No.2, or No.3

• One or more compositions chosen of the following composers: F Schubert, R.Schumann, J.Brahms, F.Liszt, S.Rachmaninov, P.Tchaikovsky, M.Mussorgsky, A.Scriabin, S.Prokofiev, K.Szymanowski, M.Balakirev, M.Ravel, C.Debussy, F. Mendelssohn- Bartholdy, F.Chopin, S.Barber, I. Albeniz, M. Falla, E. Granados, A.Ginastera, H. Villa-Lobos, N. Kapustin,

• One virtuosic transcription

Category "Junior"

Grand Prix medal and diploma ( the highest ranked competitor - minimum 98/100)

I Prize (95/100) -diploma

II Prize (90/100) -diploma

III Prize (85/100) -diploma

Honorary mention (80/100) -diploma


Category "Young Artist"

I Prize 500 USD + medal + diploma

II Prize 200 USD + medal + diploma

III Prize 100 USD + medal + diploma

Honorable mentions -diploma


Category "Professional"

I Prize 2000 USD * + medal+diploma+

• advance to the Final Round of Osaka International Music Competition in 2015

• possible invitations for other recitals in USA, Poland, Russia, etc

II Prize 700 USD + medal+diploma

III Prize 500 USD + medal+diploma

Honorable mentions diploma


* Winner has to provide either ITIN or SSN number

Required documents to be sent:

1. Filled Application Form(capital letters).

2. Proof of age (I.D., Passport, etc.)

3. CV or Biography

4. Proof of payment of application fee (non-refundable)

5. (optional) request for transcript of comments by judges (add extra 40 USD)


Payment of the non-refundable application fee must be made using one of the following methods:

1. Personal check payable to Chopin International Piano Competition

2. Money order

3. Western Union transfer for overseas competitiors.


Category "Junior" - 100 USD, Category "Young Artist" - 110 USD, Category "Professional"- 120 USD.


All required documents will have to be recieved by February 1, 2016


Chopin International Piano Competition

20 Marshall St, Apt 6

New Britain, CT 06053



If you have any questions, please email us at:

Krystian Tkaczewski, Poland - President of the Jury


Roy Eaton, USA


Naomi Ishii, Japan


Stephan Möller, Austria


Jan Popis, Poland 


Toshiki Usui, Japan