11th Competition 2019


The 11th International Paderewski Piano Competition

Bydgoszcz, November 10th-24th, 2019

The 11th International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Piano Competition took place in Bydgoszcz from the 10th to the 24th of November, 2019. The event is organized by the Paderewski Music Association, with the collaboration of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music and the Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall. Partner of the event – Yamaha Music Europe GmbH.

The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who are 16-32 years of age, born between 1987 -2003.

The following pianists are barred from the Competition:

– pianists who over the last three years (since October 1st, 2016) were regular students of a Juror in any school or academy of music,

– pianists who over the last three years (since October 1st, 2016) took additional private classes with a Juror,

– pianists who are Juror ‘s relatives.

The Competition is organized to commemorate Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a remarkable pianist, virtuoso, composer, politician and statesman.

Jury the 11th International Paderewski Piano Competition: prof. Piotr Paleczny – Poland, the Chairman, Lilian BARRETTO – Brazil, Manana DOJIDASHVILI – Georgia, Janina FIALKOWSKA – Canada, Vladimir OVCHINNIKOV – Russia, Ying WU – China, Yukio YOKOYAMA – Japan, Zbigniew RAUBO, Poland.

The Competition has been financed by The Ministry of Culture & National Heritage from Fund of the Promotion of Cutlure as part of the “Music” program, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance and City of Bydgoszcz.

Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region was the Main partner.

The 11th Competition was held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to mark the Centenary of Regaining Independence.

The Competition has been the member of Alink-Argerich Foundation since 2004 as well as the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva since 2010. Outstanding laureates of the Competition including Yulianna Avdeeva, Eduard Kunz, Zheeyoung Moon, Dinara Klinton, Hyuk Lee, Jakub Kuszlik and Kamil Pacholec testify to the high-ranking status of the event. Rafał Blechacz is the Ambassador of the Competition.

Preliminary auditions for the 11th Paderewski Competition were organized in May 2019 in the following cities:

a) Vienna – May 8th–9th, 2019

Yamaha Music Central Europe, Schleiergasse 20, 1010 Wiedeń, Austria

Jury: prof. Alicja Paleta-Bugaj prof. Jan Jiracek von Arnim, prof. Christopher Hinterhub

b) New York – May 15th-16th, 2019

Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor (wejście od 54th St.), Nowy Jork, NY 10022, USA

Jury: prof. Jeffrey Swann, prof. Kevin Kenner

c) Moscow – May 17th-18th, 2019   

Yamaha Artist Services Moscow, Leontyevsky Lane, 11, Moskwa, Rosja

Jury: prof. Stefan Wojtas, prof. Andrey Pisarev, prof. Nikita Mndoyants

d) Warsaw – May 18th-19th, 2019   

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Ostrogski Palace, ul. Okólnik 1, 00-368 Warszawa

Jury: dr Karolina Nadolska, prof. Janusz Olejniczak, prof. Alicja Paleta-Bugaj

e) Brescia – May 21st-22nd, 2019

Talent Music Master Courses, Via Gasparo da Salò 13, Brescia, Włochy

Jury: dr hab. Bartłomiej Wezner, prof. Paolo Baglieri, prof. Vicenzo Balzani

f) Tokyo – May 27th-28th, 2019       

Yamaha Ginza Shop Concert Salon (6 piętro), 7-9-14 inza Chuo-ku Tokio, 104-0061, Japonia

Jury: dr Paweł Wakarecy, prof. Susumu Aoyagi, prof. Pascal Devoyon

g) Seoul – May 30th-31st, 2019        

Yamaha Music Korea Ltd. Prudential Tower 2F, Kangnam Daero 298, Kangnam-gu Seul, Korea

Jury: dr Paweł Wakarecy, prof. Hyoung-Joon Chang, prof. Soo-Jung Shin

Preliminary auditions for the 11th Paderewski Competition were organized in May and June 2019 in the following cities:

Each competitor of preliminary auditions should perform:

a) 2 virtuoso etudes (one of them by F. Chopin);

b) the first or more movements of a classical sonata (yet always inclusively with the first movement);

c) one or two works of competitor’s choice, in different character, but not from the classical period.

185 pianists applied for the 11th International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz. 56 pianists from 15 countries have qualified to compete for financial prizes and a cycle of recitals founded by cultural institutions, foreign partners.

The participants took part in four-stage auditions in Bydgoszcz at the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music and at the Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic. At each stage, the participants were obliged to perform the program prescribed in the Rules and Regulations of the 11th Competition. The contest included 4 stages: in the first stage the choice of repertoire was free, in the second stage the participants had to play Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s compositions, in the recital part of the semifinals the pianists had to play a composition by Professor Michał Dobrzynski, the representative of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. In the semifinal auditions the pianists were accompanied by Capella Bydgostiensis under the baton of Kai Bumman and performed Mozart concertos. In the final stage the participants played a piano concerto of their choice performed with the Paderewski Pomeranian Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jakub Chrenowicz. The auditions for the competition were open to the public. The participants had at their disposal Yamaha, Steinway, Kawai and Fazioli pianos.

Nikita Mndoyants, the 1st prize winner of the 7th International Paderewski piano Competition form 2007, was the soloist during the Inauguration Competition on the 10th of November, 2019.

The Jury of the 11th International Paderewski Piano Competition awarded the following prizes:

First Prize was awarded to Philipp Lynov (Russia),

Second Prize went to Kamil Pacholec (Poland)

Third Prize was given to Yasuko Furumi (Japan),

Honorable mentions were given to:

Saetbyeol Kim (Rep. Of Korea)

Sergey Belawsky (Russia).

The competition concluded with Winners’ Concerts at the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

The schedule:

April 20th, 2019 – the final deadline of sending the written applications

April 20th, 2019 – the deadline for pianists of send the entrance fee

April 30 th, 2019 – the candidates are informed about the acceptance of their application or about the invitation to the preliminary audition

May 2019 – the preliminary auditions

June 15th, 2019 – the deadline of sending the DVD recordings of the preliminary repertoire (accepted only in particularly important cases)

July 30th, 2019 –  the announcement of the final list of the candidates, invited to take part in the Competition

September 15th, 2019 – after this day, any changes of the repertoire will not be accepted

The 11 International Paderewski Piano Competition:

November 9th, 2019 – the Competition participants’ arrival to Bydgoszcz

November 10th, 2019 – the Orientation Meeting and the drawing of the  performances order

November 10th, 2019 – the Inaugural Concert

November 11th, 2019 – the beginning of the I stage audition

November 14th, 2019 – the announcement of the I stage results

November 15th, 2019 – the beginning of the II stage audition

November 17th, 2019 – the announcement of the II stage results

November 18th, 2019 – day off – rehearsals with the chamber orchestra (Semi-finalists)

November 19th, 2019 – the beginning of the Semi-final audition

November 20th, 2019 – the announcement of the Semi-final results

November 21st, 2019 – day off – rehearsals with the orchestra (Finalists)

November 22nd – 23th, 2019 – the Final of the Competition

November 24th, 2019 – the Closing Ceremony

Nevember 24th, 2019 – the announcement of the Prize winners & the presentation of the Awards

November 24th, 2019 – the Prize Winners’ Concert

November 24th , 2019 –  presentation of the Additional Prizes

November 25th, 2019 – the I, II and III Prize Winners’ Concert in the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw.

Competition Partners

Competition Sponsors

Co-Financing of the Competition

The competition is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture – a state special purpose fund, as part of the „Music” program implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, and by the City of Bydgoszcz.
Partner of the International Paderewski Piano Competition  – Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.