12th Competition 2022



BYDGOSZCZ, POLAND, November 6th – 20th, 2022

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, born between 1990 and 2006.

The following pianists are barred from the Competition:

  • pianists who over the last three years (since October 1st, 2019) were regular students of a Juror in any school or academy of music,
  • pianists who over the last three years (since October 1st, 2019) took additional private classes with a Juror,
  • pianists who are Juror ‘s relatives.

The above restrictions shall not apply to pianists who attended sporadically masterclasses held by a Juror, also online.

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


April 20th, 2022 – the final deadline of sending the written applications

April 20th, 2022 – the deadline for pianists of send the entrance fee

April 30th, 2022 – the candidates are informed about the acceptance of their application or about the invitation to the preliminary audition

May 2022 – the preliminary auditions

June 15th, 2022 – the deadline of sending the DVD recordings of the preliminary repertoire (accepted only in particularly important cases)

July 30th, 2022 –  the announcement of the final list of the candidates, invited to take part in the Competition

September 15th, 2022 – after this day, any changes of the repertoire will not be accepted

The 12th International Paderewski Piano Competition

November 5th, 2022 – the Competition participants’ arrival to Bydgoszcz

November 6th, 2022 – the Orientation Meeting and the drawing of the performances order

November 6th, 2022 – the Inaugural Concert

November 7th, 2022 – the beginning of the I stage audition

November 10th, 2022 – the announcement of the I stage results

November 11th, 2022 – the beginning of the II stage audition

November 13th, 2022 – the announcement of the II stage results

November 14th, 2022 – day off – rehearsals with the chamber orchestra (Semi-finalists)

November 15th, 2022 – the beginning of the Semi-final audition

November 16th, 2022 – the announcement of the Semi-final results

November 17th, 2022 – day off – rehearsals with the orchestra (Finalists)

November 18th-19th, 2022 – the Final of the Competition

November 19th, 2022 – the announcement of the Prize winners

November 20th, 2022 – the Closing Ceremony

November 20th, 2022 – the Prize Winners’ Concert

November 20th , 2022 – presentation of the Additional Prizes

November 21st, 2022 – the Prize Winners’ Concert in the National Philharmonic Hall

The 12th International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Piano Competition will take place in Bydgoszcz from the 6th to the 20th of November, 2022. The event is organized by the I. J. Paderewski Music Association, with the collaboration of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music and the Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall. The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who are 16-32 years of age.

The Music Association was established shortly after regaining independence by Poland and in May 2022 it celebrated its centenary anniversary. Rarely does it happen that an Association founded during an outburst of optimism that strives to disseminate cultural values and ascertain national identity survives so long and successfully carries on with its mission. The Music Association in Bydgoszcz, operating for almost an entire century, (it suspended its operation only during the Second World War) has been transforming the city and the region. It propagates music culture, establishes professional institutions and supports artists, at the same time sustains highest standards. All these endeavors have turned Bydgoszcz into the city of music and launched it on the European and subsequently international arena. The renowned achievements of the Pomeranian Philharmonic and the Opera Nova, co-created by the Association, were magnified by the International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Piano Competitions under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland as well as a prestigious and unique the Paderewski Piano Academy. The Music Association has become a permanent element of Bydgoszcz identity, the city which is perceived as a significant European center for music education. This would not happen without the arduous commitment of Professor Felicja Krysiewicz, Professor Barbara Gogol-Drożniakiewicz, Professor Katarzyna Rymarczyk, Felicja Gwincińska and Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, long-standing presidents of the Association.

The Competitions is held to commemorate Ignacy Jan Paderewski, an outstanding pianist, composer and politician, and to promote young pianists and Polish culture worldwide. The first edition of the event was organized in 1961 and since 1998 the Competition has been held every three years.

The event is given the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

Preliminary auditions for the 12th I.J. Paderewski Competition were organized in May and June 2022 in the following cities:

Sacile – May 24th, 2022 – Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile

Seoul – May 24th, 2022 – Yamaha Music Korea Ltd.

Tokyo – May 31st, 2022 – Yamaha Artist Service Tokyo

Warsaw – June 6th-8th, 2022 – Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Pałac Ostrogskich

Vienna – June 7th – 9th, 2022 – Yamaha Music Central Europe GmbH Branch Austria

New York – June 22nd – 23rd, 2022 – Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.

One hundred fifty pianists from 28 countries applied for the 12th International I. J. Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz.

All the preliminary auditions were registered and evaluated by the Preselection Jury chaired by Professor Piotr Paleczny. Among 150 applications 50 pianists from 14 countries have qualified and in November they will compete for financial prizes and a cycle of recitals founded by cultural institutions, foreign partners and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski National Thought Heritage Institute in Warsaw.

The pianists who qualified for the Competition will take 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 are obliged to perform the program prescribed in the Rules and Regulations of the 12th Competition. The contest includes 4 stages: in the first stage the choice of repertoire is free, in the second stage the participants have to play Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s compositions, in the recital part of the semifinals the pianists have to play a composition by Professor Hanna Kulenty, the representative of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music. In the semifinal auditions the pianist will be accompanied by Capella Bydgostiensis. In the final stage the participants will play a piano concerto of their choice performed with the Pomeranian Hall Symphony Orchestra. The auditions for the competition are open to the public. The participants have at their disposal Yamaha, Steinway, Kawai and Fazioli pianos.



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The total value of prizes is 67 000 Euro. Moreover, the prizes also take the form of concerts and recitals in some prestigious music institutions. The closing ceremony will take place on the 20th of November, 2022 in the I. J. Paderewski Philharmonic Hall.

During this 12th edition of the Competition Rafał Blechacz has become its Ambassador and a juror. Other jury members include Dang Thai Son, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Vanessa Latarche, Nikita Mndoyants, Alberto Nose, Noriko Ogawa, Alicja Paleta-Bugaj. Professor Piotr Paleczny will lead the works of the Jury and will be Artistic Director of the 12th Competition.

Antoni Baryshevski, coming from Ukraine, will be the soloist during the Inauguration Competition and will perform with the Orchestra of the I.J. Paderewski Philharmonic Hall on the 6th of November, 2022. The inaugural concert will be conducted by maestro Mykoła Diadiura and the IV Symphonie Concertante by Karol Szymanowski and the Carpathian Concerto by Myroslav Skoryka will be performed.

12th International Paderewski Piano Competition

Paderewski Music Association in Bydgoszcz



The Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz


The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz


is held under the Honourable Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej Duda


the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland from the Fund of the Promotion of Culture – a State purpose–specific Fund, as part of the “Music” program, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance


City of Bydgoszcz









 PARTNER – PWM Edition

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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.