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The Paderewski Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, 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 above restrictions shall not apply to pianists who attended sporadically masterclasses held by a Juror.



Album de Mai op. 10


Humoresques de Concert op. 14



Miscellanea op. 16


Polish Dances op. 9



Each competitor of preliminary auditions shall 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.



1. The I. J Paderewski Piano Competition offers its participants an opportunity to perform the repertoire of their own choice. Thereby, the Organizers give pianists the chance to present their artistic personality, imagination and individuality.


Free choice of the repertoire is restricted by one condition only.

The repertoire to be performed throughout the Competition should contain works representing at least three different music styles.

3. The Jury shall assess the selected repertoire and its rendition taking into account pianists’ ability to construct the program of a recital, understand and render the depth of works representing a variety of musical styles, thereby display musicality and artistic personality.


1st STAGE – performance duration 25-30 minutes

Free choice repertoire


2nd STAGE – performance duration 40-45 minutes


1. All competitors of the 2nd stage shall perform two or more works by I. J. Paderewski.

All competitors shall select works from group A and B – at least one from each group.


A. from the series – Polish Dances op. 9:

No. 3. Mazurka in A major

No. 4. Mazurka in B major

from the series – Album de Mai op.10:

No. 1. Au Soir

No. 2. Chant d’amour

from the series – Miscellanea op.16:

No. 1. Legend

No. 2. Melody

No. 3. Thėme variė in A major

No. 4. Nocturne

No. 6. Un moment Musical


B. from the series – Polish Dances op. 9:

No. 6. Polonaise in B major

from the series – Album de Mai op. 10:

No. 3. Scherzino

No. 5. Caprice Valse

from the series – Humoresques de Concert op. 14:

No. 1. Menuet

No. 2. Sarabande

No. 3. Caprice /genre Scarlatti/

No. 4. Burlesque

No. 5. Intermezzo polacco

No.6. Cracovienne fantastique

2. The selection of the remaining works of the 2nd stage repertoire is determined by a pianist.



A. RECITAL – duration time 40–45 minutes

1. All the A semi-final participants shall perform a compulsory custom written piece by Michał Dobrzyński (ca. five minutes).

The scores of the composition will be available as soon as the list of Competition participants has been published.

2. The selection of remaining pieces performed in A semifinal shall be determined by a pianist.



Competitors in the semi-final stage shall perform one of W. A. Mozart piano concertos with the Chamber Orchestra:

No. 15 in B-flat major, K.450

No. 17 in G major, K. 453

No. 19 in F major, K. 459

No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

No. 21 in C major, K. 467

No. 23 in A major, K. 488

No. 24 in C minor, K.491

No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595



The participants of the final stage shall perform with the I. J. Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra one of the following piano concertos:

 I. J. Paderewski – Concerto in A minor op. 17

 I. J. Paderewski – Polish Fantasy op. 19

L. van Beethoven – Concerto No. 3 in C minor op.37

L. van Beethoven – Concerto No. 4 in G minor op. 58

L. van Beethoven – Concerto No. 5 in E flat major op. 73

F. Chopin – Concerto No. 1 in E minor op. 11

F. Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in F minor op. 21

R. Schumann – Concerto in A minor op. 54

F. Liszt – Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major

F. Liszt – Concerto No. 2 in A major

J. Brahms – Concerto No. 1 in D minor op. 15

P. Tchaikovsky – Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor op. 23

S. Rachmaninov – Concerto No. 2 in C minor op.18

S. Rachmaninov – Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30

S. Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op. 43

S. Prokofiev – Concerto No. 2 in G minor op.16

S. Prokofiev – Concerto No. 3 in C major op. 26

K. Szymanowski – Symphonie concertante No. 4 op. 60

Competition sponsors
Competition partners
The Competition is financed by
The Competition is financed by: the Ministry 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 and the City of Bydgoszcz.
A Partner of the International Paderewski Piano Competition is Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.