There were people among the music society of Bydgoszcz for whom Paderewski’s oeuvre was live and worthy of popularization. Jerzy Sulikowski, Professor of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and Gdańsk and Henryk Martenka, a journalist at the “Ilustrowany Kurier Polski” both undertook the struggle to reintroduce the competition. The Ministry of Culture and the Arts, the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music, the I. J. Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic and the Voivodeship Office and the City Office in Bydgoszcz all helped organize and finance the competition, which took place from 16 to 26 October, 1986 in the concert hall of the Pomeranian Philharmonic.
Twenty seven candidates, representing all important academic centers (Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, Katowice, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz) entered the competition and 19 participants competed during the eliminations.
1st prize – Wojciech Kocyan – 110.000 zł.
2nd prize – Andrzej Janaszek – 85.000 zł.
3rd prize – not awarded
4th prize – Marek Wysocki – 50.000 zł
5th prize – Joanna Szczepaniak – 45.000 zł
VI prize (ex equo):
Tamara Granat – 40.000 zł
Maciej Zagórski – 40.000 zł
Special prize for the best performance of the Paderewski's pieces 30.000 zł.
Paderewski Music Association Prize for the best performance of the concerto with the orchestra - 50.000 zł.
Waldemar Malicki's prize - 15.000 zł for he best performance of the Rhapsody by F. Liszt
"Jeunesse Musicales” Prize - 10.000 zł – for the youngest parcicipant