The Fryderyk Chopin Institute announces the 2nd International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, which will take place next year in Warsaw.

The success and wide reception of the first edition (2018) ensured the organisers that the regular organisation of the event (every five years), in parallel with the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, is a good decision. Similarly to the Chopin Competition on contemporary instruments, the Competition on historical instruments built its high rank upon the jury, on which outstanding representatives of the world of music will sit, including specialists in the unique discipline of historical performance, such as Andreas Staier, Paolo Giacometti and Janusz Olejniczak.

It has been slated for three stages: the first and the second are solo recitals with repertoires composed of, beside Chopin, selected pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and polonaises by Polish composers active in the first half of the 19th century. In the third stage, the six finalists will perform their choice of Chopin’s works with an orchestra. They will be accompanied by Martyna Pastuszka’s {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna.

The pianists will be assessed by an international jury composed of eminent musicians specialising in historically informed performance, notably Andreas Staier, Paolo Giacometti and Tobias Koch, and eminent Chopin experts.

The competing pianists will have at their disposal historical instruments from the Chopin Institute’s collection – Erards from 1838, 1849, and 1855, Pleyels from 1848 and 1854, and a Broadwood from 1843, and, besides those, also replicas of period instruments and instruments kindly loaned from European collections.

The three-stage competition will take place on 5 – 15 October 2023 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

The Competition will be streamed online.

The ticket sales will start at the beginning of 2023.

More information about the 2nd edition of the Competition on NIFC’s social media and at: https://iccpi.eu/pl