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XII International F. Chopin Competition 28.01. - 04.02.2018


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 chief sponsor of the competition is Mr. Mirosław Pieńkowsky.
The competition is conducted within three age groups:
Age Group I (competitors born after February 05.02.2005)
Age Group II (competitors born after February 05.02.2002)
Age Group III (competitors born after February 05.02.1999)
The Grand Prix and the first prize winners of the previous competitions are not permitted to take part in the 2018 year competition if they have stayed 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. Participants take part in the draw and get prizes personally.

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 - a Laureate’s Diploma and a monetary reward.
The laureates of first, second, and third prices will be awarded with Diplomas and valuable gifts given by sponsors.
Award, diplomas, gifts are awarded personally.
The chief sponsor, the 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:
Grand-Prix - 1 (from the winners of the first prize)
The I prize winner - 2
The II prize winner - 3
The III prize winner - 3
Diploma - 9
and nominations:
„The best performer of F.Chopin’s work” - 1
„The best performer of J.S.Bach’s work” - 1
„For artistry and inspiration” - 1
„The best performer of own country” - 1
Diploma „Promising young performer” - 1
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.
03.02.2018 - Prize-Winners' Concert, 04.02.2018 – 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.

Each competitor will be charged the participation fee of 60 EURO on arrival at the competition.
Dinners will be provided for each competitor and his/her teacher during 29.01-03.02.2018.
All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the competitors and their accompanying persons.

Applications should be submitted between 01.09.2017 – 15.11.2017 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 on glossy paper.

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 25.11.2017.
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.
List of registered participants will be published by November 25, 2017 on the web site
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.

Preliminary program
28.01.2018 - registration of participants,
28.01.2018 18:00 - official opening of the competition,
29.01-03.02.2018 - auditions.
03.02.2018 - awarding ceremony, concert of winners.
04.02.2018 – Trip to Tallinn.
In the days of the competition, non-competitive events are held: concerts, excursions. For those who wish - master classes (for an additional fee, upon completion certificates are issued), round tables.
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
3 Karja, 20306 Narva Estonia
Keyword: Chopin Piano Competition
Contact information
+372 35 91265
+372 35 92691
+372 35 92695