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XIII International F. Chopin Competition. Narva, Estonia, 09.02. - 16.02.2020

The competition is supported by:
Narva Municipality,
Estonian Ministry of Culture,
Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage,
Embassy of Poland in Estonia,
National Institute of Chopin in Warsaw,
Chopin Society in Warsaw, Estonian Radio.


The competition is conducted within three age groups:
Age Group I (competitors born after 16.02.2007)
Age Group II (competitors born after 16.02.2004)
Age Group III (competitors born after 16.02.2001)
The Grand Prix laureates and the first prize winners of the previous Chopin competition in Narva or other Chopin competitions in 2018, 2019 are not permitted to take part in Chopin competition in 2020 if they remain in the same age group.
Competition starts with qualifying round (see Register).



Age Group I
First Round

1. A work by either a 20th century or a 21st century composer of the participant’s home country.
2. F. Chopin. One of Polonaises or Ecossaises op.72 or one of Waltzes.
3. F. Chopin. A composition of the competitor’s own choice.
Duration of performance: 8-10 minutes.
Second Round
1. J.S. Bach. Small Prelude or Fugue or Invention for two or three voices.
2. F. Chopin. One of the following compositions:
Nocturne of the competitor’s own choice
Short Waltz a-moll
Short Waltz Es-dur
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Fugue a-moll
Mazurka C-dur op.33 nr.3
Mazurka a-moll op.67 nr.4
Mazurka F-dur op.68 nr.3
Mazurkas g-moll op.24 nr.1, C-dur nr.2, h-moll op.30 nr.2
3. F. Chopin. A composition of the competitor's own choice.
Duration of performance: 10-12 minutes



Age Group II
First Round

1. J.S. Bach. A Prelude and a Fugue – WTC (Well-Tempered Clavier).
2. F. Chopin. A Polonaise chosen by the competitor (except for g-moll op.posth., B-duur op. posth, AS-duur op.posth) or one Nocturne.
3. F. Chopin. An Virtuoso Etude of the competitor’s own choice (except for no 3, no 6 op.10, no 7 op.25).
Duration of performance: up to 20 minutes.

Second Rround
1. D. Scarlatti Sonat (Sonatas) of the competitor’s own choice.
2. F. Chopin. One of the following compositions:
Variations B-dur op.12
Variations E-dur op.posth.
Tarantella op.43
Impromptu As-dur op.29
Impromptu Fis-dur op.36
Impromptu Ges-dur op.51
Impromptu-Fantasie cis-moll op.66
Bolero op.19
Waltz of the competitor’s own choice (except for Small Waltz a-moll op.posth, Small Waltz Es-duur op.posth, Waltz As-duur op.posth).
3. F. Chopin. A composition of the competitor's own choice.
Duration of performance: up to 25 minutes.



Age Group III
First Round

1. Classical major form (I part – Sonata-Allegro form: J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven. To perform without repetitions).
2. F. Chopin. A Virtuoso Etude of the competitor’s own choice.
3. F. Chopin. A composition (compositions) of the competitor’s own choice.
Duration of performance: up to 25 minutes.

Second Round
1. F. Chopin. A one-part long composition (Ballade, Scherzo, Fantasy f-moll, Barcarolle, one of Polonaises: op.22, 44, 53, 61)
2. F. Chopin. One of Concertos for Piano and Orchestra: either part I or parts II and III (with piano accompaniment).
Duration of performance: 25 - 30 minutes

Third Round
1. F. Chopin. One of Concertos for Piano and Orchestra: either part I or parts II and III (symphony orchestra accompaniment).
Transcriptions are not performed. Compositions performed in the first round can not be repeated in the second one. Exceeding the time of the performance is not allowed. In this case, the jury has the right to suspend performance of the participant. Musical part (s), that were played at the previous Chopin competitions in Narva and obtained a jury estimate, is not allowed to perform. To participate in each round there is opportunity to provide acoustic rehearsals (15-30 minutes), as well as time for practicing in classes (1-2 hours). Accompanist is provided on a contractual basis.


The order of appearance of participants is determined by drawing lots. 



The Jury of the competition consists of famous musicians - pianists from different countries.
The Jury of the competition works on the basis of the "Regulations on the jury," developed and approved by the Organizing Committee.
No less than half of the participants will be admitted to the second round.
No more than 4 participants in Age Group III will be admitted to the third round.
The Jury reserves the right to withhold awarding certain prizes, as well as to award shared prizes and to grant special awards.
The decision made by the jury is ultimate and cannot be changed.


Grand Prix - Laureate’s Diploma and monetary reward.
The laureates of I, II, and III prizes will be awarded with Diplomas and valuable gifts given by sponsors.
Awards, diplomas, gifts for participants and their teachers are awarded personally.
Narva City Government and other sponsors will award special diplomas, prizes, and monetary rewards.
According to the results of the competition the Jury can reward:
1 Grand Prix (from first-prize winners)
I prize 2 winners, II prize 3 winners, III prize 3 winners
9 Diplomas (3 diplomas in each age group)
and nominations (according to the Jury decision):
„The best performer of F.Chopin’s work” - 1 diploma
„The best performer of J.S.Bach’s work” - 1 diploma
„For artistry and inspiration” - 1 diploma
„The best performer of own country” - 1 diploma
Diploma „Promising young performer” - 1 diploma
The participants are given thank you letter. Participants of the second round - diplomas of the participant of the second round. At the awards ceremony and the final concert - the uniform is festal.

15.02.2020 - Prize-Winners' Concert, 16.02.2020 – trip to Tallinn.
Participating of the First prize and Grand Prix winners in the final concert is obligatory. The award winners must perform gratis in the final concert. All the rights to the audio and video recordings of the participants` performances belong to the Organizing Committee. Documents and DVD will not be returned.


Applications should be submitted between 01.09.2019 – 15.11.2019 by e-mail: or by post (date of posting).
To get registered, each competitor should send the following:
• registration form, completed legibly in printed letters without abbreviations, in Estonian, English or Russian language (Appendix 1),
• photocopy of passport, for visa to Estonia copy of the first page of the passport,
• 9x12 color photo in digital format
The registration form that is not properly completed will not be accepted.
Registration documents can be sent be email, including video, a link to the video (not time-limited), etc.
The video contains:
1. virtuoso etude by choice (may not be included in the competition program),
2. The work of Chopin - participant's choice (from the competition program).
Program changes will be accepted until 25.11.2019.
List of registered participants will be published by November 26, 2019 on the web site
The program should strictly follow the order of execution of the competition: it is not allowed to change the program works, to transfer from one tour to another, to repeat works. In this case, the participant is considered to be speaking out of the competition and will not be rated by the jury.
Accompanying persons, that need visa, should fill application form (Appendix 2).
Invitation for visa to Estonia will be sent by mail. Copies of documents and discs are not returned.


Each competitor will be charged the participation fee of 60 EURO on arrival at the competition.
After publishing of registered participants, each participant has to pay until December 25th a participation fee, which is 60 EURO. The participation fee is not refundable.
Bank details
Payment receiver: Narva Linnavalitsuse Kultuuriosakond
Current account: EE652200221027849230
Bank: Swedbank ASSWIFT/BIC
Bank code: HABAEE2X
Reference: 9510054
Note: Fee for participation in Chopin Competition, name of participant
Postal address of payment receiver:
Peetri plats 1
20308 NARVA
Eesti Vabariik
Bank name and address:
Swedbank AS
Liivalaia 8
Eesti Vabariik
Dinners will be provided for each competitor and accompanying person during 10.02 - 15.02.2020.
All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the competitors and their accompanying persons.


Preliminary program
09.02.2020 - registration of participants,
09.02.2020 18:00 - official opening of the competition,
10.02-14.02.2020 - auditions.
15.02.2020 - awarding ceremony, concert of the winners of the compeitition.
16.02.2020 - Trip to Tallinn. Concert of the winners of the competition in the Concert Hall "Estonia".

Other events are also held: concerts, excursions, round tables, master classes. In order to prepare rehearsals` schedule participants should inform the organizers about the date and time of their arrival in Narva.


Post address for registration:
Narva Music School. Karja 3, 20306 Narva Estonia
Keyword: Chopin Piano Competition
Contact information
Telephones: +372 35 91265; +372 35 92691; +372 35 92695