Chopin Foundation of the United States Hosts the Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition as part of the 2019-2020 Season
Not only is the Chopin Foundation season back in full effect, the Chopin Piano Competition is coming up! The National Chopin Piano Competition takes place every five years. In 2020, the 10th edition will take Miami by storm! The top prize of the Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition has been set to $100,000 making it the highest award offered by any piano competition in the country. This change showcases the need to provide appropriate compensation to artists at the top of their field, just as professionals in other industries are compensated for devoting large amounts of time, years of intense training, and a true passion to their craft.
In support of the Foundation’s mission to assist the career development of American pianists, its founder and president, Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel decided to increase the first place prize to $100,000 based on this sentiment. “From an early age, these talented pianists are dedicated and disciplined. Their talent and hard work deserve this kind of reward and even more,” Mrs. Rosenstiel said. “The joy that their playing brings to this chaotic world is simply priceless. I hope that once the public experiences the beauty of Chopin’s music being performed so wonderfully, they too will cherish and support these fine pianists.”
In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, the winner of the National Chopin Competition will automatically be accepted to compete in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. The Chopin Foundation also arranges an extensive concert tour in the U.S. and internationally for the first prize winner.
The second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $30,000 and is also accepted to the International Chopin Competition. Third place receives $20,000 and, along with all other finalists, receives an expense-paid trip to Warsaw to compete in the International Chopin Competition’s Preliminary Round.
The Tenth National Chopin Competition will take place February 22 through March 1, 2020 in Miami. By presenting the events during this time of year, the Chopin Foundation attracts visitors as well as a local audience that enjoys the performances in a vibrant tropical city. Those not able to enjoy the excitement of the Competition in person will be able to watch professionally filmed live broadcasts. Whether as a contestant or spectator, make plans now to be here: https://www.chopin.org/2020-competition.
Check out the Chopin Foundation’s 2019-2020 Season Calendar:
October 12 & 13, 2019: Polish pianist Lukas Krupinski (Chopin for All)
November 2 & 3, 2019: American pianist Dominic Muzzi (Chopin for All)
November 24, 2019: American pianist Sean Kennard (Chopin Salon)
February 22- 27, 2020: Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition preliminaries, quarter- and semi-finals
February 28, 2020: Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition gala and concert
February 29 & March 1, 2020: Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition finals and award ceremony
March 29, 2020: Polish-American pianist, Martin Labazevitch - Key Biscayne Community Center performance, presented in collaboration with the Village of Key Biscayne
April 5, 2020: Laureate of 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition (Chopin Salon)
April 18 & 19, 2020: Laureate of 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition (Chopin for All)
May 16 & 17, 2020: Laureate of 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition (Chopin for All)