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XIII International F. Chopin Competition 2020

Message from the EMCY President. 

This year is the 13th edition of the International Competition of Young Pianists dedicated to the Work of ‘Fryderyk Chopin’. Founded in 1997, it has become a well-established international competition. 41 young musicians from all over Europe and Asia were admitted to take part in the competition, in three different age groups. They will present themselves before an international jury in the final rounds that will be held in February. Music competitions are much more than measuring your talents against other young musicians, it is an opportunity to develop personally and musically. It is often a first step to performing in public. Competitions offer an opportunity to exchange with other young musicians with the universal language of music, an aspect important in the world of today where communication should be intensified on a personal and human level. We would like encourage all the participants to strive for their best and wish them good luck! For 50 years, since its foundation, EMCY stands for musical excellence, promoting the youth and European cooperation. One prize winner of the International F. Chopin Competition will receive the EMCY Prize that consists of an online profile on and the chance to be promoted in international projects. We would like to thank the organisers of the competition, the Narva Municipality, for their investment in the young musical talents of tomorrow, establishing such a high calibre competition that is an asset to the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) network. We wish everyone a musically rewarding competition!


Paul Scholer
President European Union of Music Competitions for Youth