We Are Accepting Applications for the KF Chopin Piano Competition

We are now accepting applications for the 68th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition. Pianists aged 17-30 are invited to apply, with cash prizes of up to $15,000 and performance engagements for the first prize winner.

The competition will take place from February 28 till March 3, 2024 in Washington D.C. The contest is open to pianists of all nationalities representing a professional level of performance. Eight chosen semifinalists will be invited to 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 and Maestro Piotr Gajewski on Sunday, March 3.

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

To apply, please go to: https://www.kfchopin.org/apply  

Sunday, March 3 Final Round Concerto Performance with members of the National Philharmonic and Maestro Piotr Gajewski

All events are free and open to the public and are held at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW, Washington D.C. 20016. The KF Chopin Piano Competition is organized in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. The award ceremony will take place at the Ambassador’s Residence.

Competition Schedule:

Friday, January 12- Preliminary Round Video Audition; Results announced January 19, 2024

Wednesday, February 28 – Opening Concert with 2022 First Prize Laureate Yun Chih Hsu.

Thursday, February 29 and Friday, March 1 – Semifinal Round 55 Minute Solo Recital in Washington D.C.

Saturday, March 2 Chopin – Piano Academy Masterclasses with Jury Members, Akiko Ebi, Krzysztof Jablonski, and Ewa Poblocka.

Would you be interested in hosting a contestant? If you have a grand piano and live in or near Washington, D.C., please consider hosting one of the eight semifinalists from February 28 – March 4. Contact Jason Solounias at chopin@thekf.org for more information.

Please consider donating to the prize fund – cash awards are an important part of supporting these young, talented artists.

The competition’s history dates back 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.

Visit the competition website at kfchopin.org. Contact us with questions or inquiries at chopin@thekf.org

Thank you to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C for their help with promoting the Competition and hosting the Award Ceremony as well as to out other partners.

Special thanks to: Dr. James Trefil and Dr. Wanda O’Brien-Trefil for sponsoring the second prize and hosting a contestant.



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