The 68th Chopin Piano Competition

February 28 - March 3, 2024 in Washington, DC

The 68th edition of The Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition is coming soon!

It will take place between February 28th and March 3rd, 2024, in Washington, DC.

Please view the schedule here.

Nine semi-finalists will arrive in Washington D.C. to perform a recital of music by Chopin and Szymanowski, and three finalists will perform a Chopin Piano Concerto with the members of the National Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Piotr Gajewski on March 3rd.

The jury includes Piotr Gajewski (Jury Chair, USA/Poland), Ewa Poblocka (Poland), Akiko Ebi (Japan), Krzysztof Jablonski (Canada/Poland) and Linda Petrikova (Czech Republic).

The prizes will total over $20,000, and there will be performance opportunities for the 1st prize winner.

The competition’s history dates to the early 1950s, making it the oldest Chopin competition in the United States.

The prominent past winners include Van Cliburn, Murray Perahia, Kevin Kenner, Kirill Gerstein, and many others.

Read more about the Competition here.

We hope to see all Chopin enthusiasts in Washington, DC at the Competition.

We also invite you to consider sponsoring the Competition by funding the First ($5,000) or the Second ($3,000) Prize, or co-sponsoring the travel expenses of our contestants or the jury members (we will have two musicians arriving from Poland).

Any donations will be greatly appreciated, and we will acknowledge the sponsors on our website as well as invite them to the Award Ceremony and the final performances at the residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland.

Please make your donation here.

In anticipation of the event, the Foundation is looking for anyone interested in volunteering to be a host family for one of nine semifinalists planning to travel to Washington, D.C.

The contestants are all adult-aged and aspiring musicians who are attending this international Competition with the hopes of playing for the esteemed jury, and having a chance to play a concerto with the members of the National Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Piotr Gajewski.

As a host, you would be crucial to supporting these young artists while they engage in this important musical event. The responsibilities of hosting a contestant would include:

  • transport to and from the airport or train station on arrival and departure days,
  • having a private room for them in your home, providing meals, and a piano to practice (preferably a grand piano),
  • transport to the location of the semifinal and final rounds at the St.Ann’s Catholic Church (4001 Yuma St NW, Washington, DC 20016) and to the Residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland on March 3 (3041 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008).

The contestants will arrive Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27-28, and depart on Monday, March 3. 2024. All semifinalists and their hosts will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Residence of the Polish Ambassador on Sunday, March 3.

Please see the detailed schedule here.

If you are interested, please let us know (kfdc@thekf.org) and include your address, the type of piano in your home, and if you have any pets. Thank you for considering helping these young artists! We look forward to hearing from you.

We also invite all Chopin music lovers to consider sponsoring the Competition by funding the First ($5,000) or the Second ($3,000) Prize, or co-sponsoring the travel expenses of our contestants or the jury members (we will have two musicians arriving from Poland).

Any donations will be greatly appreciated, and we will acknowledge the sponsors on our website as well as invite them to the Award Ceremony and the final performances at the Polish Ambassador’s residence.

The Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition is organized in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C.

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