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XII International F. Chopin Competition 28.01. - 04.02.2018

Organizers: Narva Municipality with support of Estonian Ministry of Culture, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Embassy of Poland in Estonia, National Institute of Chopin, Chopin Society in Warsaw.

Dear music friends!
Welcome to Narva, which thanks to you, good musicians, music teachers and judges, will become Estonia’s winter capital of piano music.
Narva is an important centre of international cultural and musical life in Estonia, and one of the iconic events is the International Chopin Competition, which will take place for the 12th time this year. As confirmation of the long friendship between Poland and Estonia and the love of Fryderyk Chopin’s music, 70 talented young pianists from 16 countries will meet in Narva and take pleasure in making music and enjoy the superb music that will fill the days of this competition.
The competition is much more than just a contest that will determine the most brilliant interpreters of the day. The competition provides a window onto the wide world of music, an opportunity to compare one’s playing skills with one’s contemporaries, and to get excellent advice from the best teachers. This is an opportunity to listen, gather ideas and experiences, and to question and dream boldly! I am sure that more than one of the participants in today’s competition will be a welcome guest on the world’s best concert stages in the future or will be a respected teacher, who will attract students from around the world.
We are waiting with excitement to hear the emotional colouring and accents that these young people will discover in Fryderyk Chopin’s work. I hope that the International Chopin Competition will be a memorable meeting place for you, where a large audience will share in your talent and dedication, and where you will find life-long friends and confreres.
I want to thank the organisers, supporters, judges, teacher and participants of the Chopin competition – everyone who is dedicated to young musicians and has contributed to the success of this competition.
Have a successful competition and enjoy the music!
Indrek Saar
Minister of Culture, Republic of Estonia
Patron, International Chopin Competition

For almost twenty years Narva has been speaking the Chopin language in the middle of winter. Thanks to young talents from all over the world, we have the opportunity to recognize or discover anew the music of the most outstanding Polish composer. This time we meet in Narva in the year that is special for both Poland and Estonia. One hundred years ago the dreams of many generations of the Estonians and Poles became reality as Estonia gained its independence and Poland regained it after 123 years of partitions.
The music of Fryderyk Chopin is part and parcel of the Polish romanticism – and ideological and creative movement, which keeps shaping the hearts and minds of the Polish people. In the political dimension the movement was and still is an expression of peoples’ aspirations for freedom. These aspirations are universal – that is why we would call Fryderyk Chopin, who first and foremost is a Pole and a European – a musician of the world. This idea is perfectly reflected in the words of the outstanding romantic poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid, who wrote about Chopin: "A native of Warsaw, a Pole in the heart, and a citizen of the world by the talent". Indeed, the number of participants in this year’s Chopin Competition, which has gathered 70 young talented musicians from 16 countries, just proves the point.
Poland and Estonia have very strong ties in many areas, including culture. The Polish government has prepared a comprehensive programme for celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining its independence. Also in Estonia we have planned a number of events that will help you get to know Poland better. It is a great pleasure and honor for me to open this year’s cultural programme entitled “Independent” in Narva, on the occasion of the 12th International Chopin Competition.
Although it was written two centuries ago, the music of Fryderyk Chopin remains amazingly fresh; it can surprise and it can inspire. The influence of Chopin can be traced in the creations of many famous Polish jazz composers, such as Krzysztof Komeda and Leszek Możdżer. The Polish music is becoming more and more popular in the world thanks to its reference to Chopin, among other things. I firmly believe that the young pianists, who have come to Narva to play the Chopin’s repertoire, will be successful in life and part of their success will be their inspiration by the music of the great Chopin.
Dear pianists and their teachers! I would like to congratulate you on the fact that you decided to compare your musicality with the extremely demanding music of Fryderyk Chopin. I wish you all good luck. But I also wish you to find the meaning in the music. The meaning that transpires the limits of technical mastery of the performance, i.e. have an aesthetic experience. As Chopin himself put it, “there is nothing more repulsive than music without hidden meaning”.
I wish all the participants and listeners unforgettable impressions!

Dr. Robert Filipczak
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Estonia

Message from the EMCY President
Founded in 1999, and EMCY member since 2002, the International Competition of Young Pianists dedicated to the Work of 'Fryderyk Chopin' has become a well-established biannual European competition.
This year 66 young pianists from 16 countries have been pre-selected in the three different age categories to compete in the final rounds and present themselves before an international jury.
Music competitions are much more than just measuring your talents with others, it is an opportunity to gain experience, exchange with others and develop further, not only musically but also as a person. I would encourage all participants to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the competition and wish them good luck!
The organisers of the competition the Narva Municipality with support of Estonian Ministry of Culture, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Embassy of Poland in Estonia, National Institute of Chopin and Chopin Society in Warsaw, illustrate how music crosses borders and have established a competition that brings valued experience and collaboration to the European Union of Music Competition for Youth (EMCY) network.
I would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Mirosław Pieńkowski for his dedication to young talented musicians as the permanent general sponsor of the competition.
I wish everyone a musically rewarding competition and present to you Europe’s musical future!

Paul Scholer
European Union of Music Competitions for Youth


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Konkursi 2016 tulemused:

Grand-Prix Kaplunov, Nikita - Russia

I age group
The winner of the I award Nasser, Alshaikh Mohammad - Israel
The winner of the I award Kliuchereva, Anastasiia - Russia
The winner of the II award Dedik, Aleksandra - Russia
The winner of the II award Daugele, Laura - Latvia
The winner of the II award Shchukina, Anna - Russia
The winner of the III award Mishina, Mariia Magdalina - Russia
The winner of the III award Limorova, Marya - Belarus
Laganovskis, Arturs - Latvia

Special diplomas:
“The promising young performer” Gervits, Elizabet - Israel
“The best performer of a work of the country” Daugele, Laura - Latvia
“The participant of the second round” Mozgovoy, Dmitry - Russia
“The participant of the second round” Gavrilova, Jelizaveta - Estonia

II age group
The winner of the I award Papoian, Ilia - Russia
The winner of the I award Kambarov, Mikhail - Russia
The winner of the II award Ismailova, Narmina - Azerbaijan
The winner of the III award Gigashvili, Giorgi - Georgia


Rzazade, Sabina - Azerbaijan
Heidarli, Nigar - Azerbaijan
Special diplomas:
”For virtuosity and inspiration” Gigashvili Giorgi - Georgia
“The best performer of I.S. Bach work” Kambarov, Mikhail - Russia

III age group
The winner of the II award Shagaev, Alexey - Russia


Janusz, Aleksandra - Poland
Nutt, Karl Johan - Estonia

Special diplomas:
„The best performer of F.Chopin work“ Janusz, Aleksandra - Poland
“The participant of the second round” Niftiyev, Elkhan - Azerbaijan
“The participant of the second round” Karwowski, Cezary - Poland


III age group III round:

Nutt Karl Johan   Estonia
Shagaev Alexey   Russia
Kaplunov Nikita   Russia
Janusz Aleksandra   Poland


II age group II round:

Papoian Ilia   Russia
Rzazade Sabina   Azerbaijan
Heydarli Nigar   Azerbaijan
Gigashvili Giorgi   Georgia
Kambarov Mikhail   Russia
Ismayilova Narmina   Azerbaijan


I age group II round:

Dedik Aleksandra   Russia
Shchukina Anna   Russia
Daugele Laura   Latvia
Mozgovoy Dmitry   Estonia
Gervits Elizabet   Israel
Kliuchereva Anastasiia   Russia
Limorova Marya   Belarus
Gervits Katarina   Israel
Mishina Mariia Magdalina   Russia
Laganovskis Artūrs   Latvia
Gavrilova Jelizaveta   Estonia
Akshaikh Mohammed Nasser   Palestina


III age group II round:

Niftiyev Elkhan   Azerbaijan
Karwowski Cezary   Polanad
Nutt Karl Johan   Estonia
Shagaev Alexey   Russia
Kaplunov Nikita   Russia
Janusz Aleksandra   Poland

Slideshow - Photoreview of competition

Watch record of Gala concert in the Concert Hall Estonia via link:

The competition livestream:


Dear participants!

Recital hall and classes are available after registration


International music competitions are a key moment in musicians learning path. They represent an outstanding opportunity for the participants to meet other young musicians coming from different places and with different backgrounds. Competitions also allow the competitors to considerably develop their musical as well as personal skills. They are a positive moment after which the participants are rewarded for their efforts. Whether they win or not, the important thing is to accept the challenge and to live this motivating experience. It will give them more confidence for the continuation of their musical education and career.
Narva’s International Competition of Young Pianists dedicated to the work of 'Fryderyk Chopin' is a competition of great level and embodies these principles since its creation in 1997 by the ambassador of Poland in Estonia, Mr. Jakub Wolasiewicz. This 11th edition of the International Competition will surely feature many outstanding and raising talents.
In the tradition of European co-operation, the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) will award the EMCY Prize to one musician for an inspiring and remarkable performance at this competition. We will also promote several prize winners on our website (, offering them a springboard for further training and performance opportunities throughout Europe. EMCY believes that it is of utmost importance that these outstanding young musicians receive the support they highly deserve.
We wish success to competitors, jurors, teachers and organisers of the 11th International Competition of Young Pianists dedicated to the Work of 'Fryderyk Chopin'!


Paul Scholer
President European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)


A new piano for musical traditions of Narva

There is a holiday that unites all musical people on Earth – the international music day. It is celebrated on 1 October every year. That day were organized more than 200 free concerts. Narva Music School organized a series of concerts in Narva city. The concerts were organized in Art Gallery (solo numbers and bands), in the University of Tartu Narva College (Accordion Orchestra “Ad Libitum”, under the guidance of L.Juzvik), in Narva centre “Astri” (Children's Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of I.Kossova).

The previous day was organized a presentation of a new concert piano, (newly purchased for € 35,760 - Estonia Ministry of Culture and approximately 30%- city's contribution). The piano was made especially for the city of Narva in Estonia piano factory "Estonia".
VIP guests were invited to this exclusive event.
In the future a high quality of piano will play an important role in the further development of the musicians and their talent by means of promotion. Such an important event as Chopin Competition is a serious competition for young pianists from different countries. Victory in this high-level contest is often a good start for their musical career. The new piano will improve participants` performances in the next international Chopin Competition.


Grand-Prix Gozdziewski, Adam Mikolaj

I age group

I Prize Lanin, Arsenii

II Prize Zeynalova, Leyla

II Prize Kravtcova, Daria

III Prize Papoian, Ilia

Diplomas: Svidler, Daniil

Koriushkina, Anna

Bostanchyan, Ani

Ryazantsev, Andrei

Special diplomas:

Šleiteryte, Simona „The best performance of contemporary work of own country”

Koriushkina, Anna „The best performance of contemporary work of own country ”

Bostanchyan, Ani „The best performance of contemporary work of own country”

Khoroshavina, Anna „The best performance of Bach”

II age group

I Prize Bolotin, Aleksandr

II Prize Mo, Xuehui

Diplomas: Zji, Zhao

Lvova, Uljana

Ganina, Nataly

Special diplomas:

Bolotin, Aleksandr „The best performance of D.Scarlatti`s works“

Mo, Xuehui “The best performance of Bach”

III age group

II Prize Domnins, Ilja

III Prize Khachikyan, Konstantin

Diplomas Valodzin, Mikhail

Esen, Cem

Special diplomas:

Domnins, Ilia „Recital at the International Piano Festival in Powsin-Warsaw“

Valodzin, Mikhail „For the outstanding performance of ballade in F minor op.52“

and „Recital in the Fryderic Chopin Museum in Warsaw“

Esen, Cem „For original interpretations“

Gozdziewski, Adam Mikolaj „EMCY Prize“

Narmin, Najafli “Young budding artist”



III age group III round:

Khachikyan, Konstantin        Russia
Domņins, Iļja                       Latvia
Valodzin, Mikhail                  Belarus
Esen, Cem                          Turkey
Goździewski, Adam Mikołaj   Poland


II vanuserühm II voor:

Bolotin, Aleksandr          Russia
Mo, Xuehui                    China
Zji, Zhao                       China
Lvova, Uljana                 Estonia
Ganina, Nataly               Latvia
Satala, Zofia                  Poland
Frolova, Sofia                Estonia


I vanuserühm II voor:

Ryazantsev, Andrey         Russia
Prosvetova, Uljana           Estonia
Svidler, Daniil                   Russia
Gontšarova Anastassija    Estonia
Kravtcova, Daria              Russia
Bostanchyan, Ani             Armenia
Lanin, Arsenii                   Russia
Khoroshavina, Anna         Russia
Šleiteryté, Simona            Lithuania
Riabova, Ekaterina            Russia
Zeynalova, Leyla              Azerbaijan
Kuzņecova, Mona             Latvia
Koriushkina, Anna            Russia
Papoian, Ilia                     Russia


III age group II round:

Khachikyan, Konstantin        Russia
Domņins, Iļja                       Latvia
Najafli, Narmin                     Aszerbaijan
Kuzmin, Ivan                       Russia
Valodzin, Mikhail                  Belarus
Esen, Cem                          Turkey
Goździewski, Adam Mikołaj   Poland
Guang, Peter                      Denmark


Dear Competition participants, dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
Fryderyk Chopin’s music creations are special in many respects. First of all, as the German poet Heinrich Heine noted, Chopin is an unsurpassed “piano poet”, who created an incredible number of breathtaking music compositions during his short life; compositions which entail both inspiration and challenge for myriad of followers and virtuosos, particularly for those who belong to the young and youthful generation. Secondly, Chopin’s admirers in every corner of the world love his music heritage and organize wonderful events akin to the International Chopin Competition of Young Pianists in Narva.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank the young and talented pianists for participation in the Competition and for the interest you have shown to the creativity of the outstanding Polish composer. Youth, sensitivity, excellence, expressiveness – these are the values, which inextricably accompany the creations of Fryderyk Chopin. I am sure the same words can be applied to characterize you, the Competition participants. That is why I want to express my highest appreciation and wish every one of you endurance, inspiration, and every success in serving the art.
This year’s Competition is very special. You all participate in the 10th, jubilee, competition, which takes place in this wonderful corner of Europe, renowned for its long-standing traditions, and exceptional national heritage. The contest organizers have taken very good care of the development of the event, its promotion among the public, thus increasing the number of friends, partners and admirers supporting the competition. These efforts have been noticed not only in Estonia and Poland, but all throughout the world.
I want to thank: Estonian Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus and her predecessors at the post for the support in organizing the Competition, Ambassador of the Polish Republic to Estonia Grzegoz Marek Poznanski and the Embassy’s staff for the development of cultural ties between Estonia and Poland, general sponsors of the Competition Halina and Miroslaw Pienkowski for their personal presence and exceptional care of the great composer’s followers.
I wish all of you spirituality and high aesthetic pleasure, and every success to all the contestants!

Kind regards,

Bogdan Zdrojewski
Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland
Warsaw, January 10, 2014



Dear music lovers!

Narva has developed into a very considerable international cultural and music center in Estonia. A significant role in this transition has played the International Music Competition devoted to the creations of F. Chopin. This year we celebrate already the tenth, jubilee contest - a tradition, which started 15 years ago. During this time, the competition has developed into a major international event attended by dozens of young musicians, together with parents and teachers from many countries.

I recall with gratitude the former Polish ambassador Jakub Wolasiewicz, who urged the people of Narva to organize a grand event back in 1998. Narva loves music. The city has several music schools, where there are so many good piano students and excellent teachers that it was possible and necessary to organize such a gathering of pianists here.

The Chopin Competition is an important cultural bridge between Estonia and Poland, which is not limited to just the competition. The best pianists will be rewarded with the opportunity to perform in both Estonia and Poland. I am grateful to the organizers the Contest in Narva for the professional work! I hope you will continue your endeavors to be a leader in the flock of major music events in years to come.
I wish good luck to all participants, teachers, members of the jury and spectators!
Let the love to music live on! Have beautiful music experiences at the 2014 Chopin Competition in Narva!

Best regards,

Urve Tiidus
Minister of Culture


Participants of the 3rd age group can register for the acoustic rehearsal in hall on February 2, 2014 from 9.00 to 22.00 (30 minutes for each participant) according to the time of your arrival to the competition.

09.00 – 09.30
09.30 – 10.00 Valiulina Lea
10.00 – 10.30 Najafli Narmin
10.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.00
12.00 – 12.30
12.30 – 13.00
13.00 – 13.30 Valodzin Mikhail
13.30 – 14.00
14.00 – 14.30 Mikulitš Maria
14.30 – 15.00
15.00 – 15.30
15.30 – 16.00 Lin Pin-Chun
16.00 – 16.30 Andreev Aleksandr
16.30 – 17.00 Gagarina Angelina
17.00 – 17.30 Gozdziewski Adam Mikolaj
19.30 - 20.00
20.00 – 20.30 Domnins Ilja
20.30 – 21.00 Kuzmin Ivan
21.00 – 21.30 Khachikyan Konstantin
21.30 – 22.00


General sponsor of the competition Mirosław Pieńskowsky established Grand-Prix 5000 dollars.



For all participants who need visas, invitations are sent to the Estonian representative in your country.



Registration for the competition is over, the program changes will not be accepted. Lists of participants can be viewed in "Registration"

October 11, 4 pm

Evening of piano music

Laureate of the International Chopin Competition

Yuliya Yermalayeva

F.Chopin Barcarolle op.60, Fis-dur
Scherzo op.54 nr.4 E-dur
Nocturne op.62 nr.1 H-dur
Ballade op.52 f-moll

F.Liszt Nocturne no. 3 As-dur “Dreams of Love”
Spanish Rhapsody

Free entrance