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									               COMPETITION                         RULES
                     Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin
                  International Piano Competition

                                        I

1. The Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition,
   organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, will be held in Warsaw from 2 to
   23 October 2010.

2. The Competition Jury will consist of outstanding Polish and foreign musicians.

                                       II

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born in the years 1980–
1993.

                                       III

1. Participation in the Competition is conditional on a candidate submitting the
   required documents and recordings (see § IV) by the deadline given below
   and, if accepted, taking part in the Preliminaries for the Sixteenth
   Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, to be held in Warsaw
   from 12 to 21 April 2010 (see § VI & VII).

2. To a proposal from the Chair of the Admissions Committee, the Chair of the
   Jury of the Preliminaries may admit a candidate to the Sixteenth Competition
   with exemption from the preliminary auditions, based on his/her outstanding
   artistic achievements.

                                       IV

1. Candidates should send the attached application form, completed legibly in
   printed letters, in Polish, English or French, by 1 December 2009 (date on
   postmark) to the following address:
                     Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina
                     Pl. Piłsudskiego 9
                     00-078 Warszawa
                     tel. (022) 826-81-90
                     tel. / fax. (022) 827-54-71
                     e-mail: konkurs@nifc.pl
The following should be included with the application form:
a) brief biography
b) birth certificate (photocopy)
c) 3 current glossy portrait photographs (9×12 cm) to be used in the
   Competition programme and press publications
d) documentation of musical studies (photocopies)
e) references from two renowned pianists, including a recommendation for the
   Sixteenth Competition
f) documentation of musical activities over the last three years (participation in
   international piano competitions, copies of diplomas, prizes and honorary
   mentions, programmes from concerts and festivals)
g) DVD recording containing the programme of Stage I of the Sixteenth Fryderyk
   Chopin International Piano Competition (see § IX); this must be a recording
   taken from a single camera, with no cuts during the performance of a work,
   right profile to the camera, with the pianist’s whole silhouette and hands
   clearly visible
h) bank receipt showing payment of application fee of 100 EURO to the following
   account:
   Raiffeisen Bank Polska
   Warszawa Centrala
   ul. Piękna 20
   00-549 Warszawa
   tel. 022-585-20-00
   account no. 84 1750 0009 0000 0000 0627 9139
   SWIFT: RCBWPLPW
   IBAN: PL 84 1750 0009 0000 0000 0627 9139
   The receipt should also show the candidate’s name and the purpose of the
   payment.
   Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
   Submitted documents will not be returned.

2. Candidates will be notified of the receipt of their applications. This notification
   will constitute an agreement between the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the
   candidate concerning his/her admission and participation in the Preliminaries
   and in the Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, in
   accordance with the rules specified herein.

                                          V

1. Candidates’ documents and recordings will be assessed by the Admissions
   Committee, comprising renowned Polish musicians.

2. The Committee will admit to the Preliminaries in principle 160 candidates.


3. The list of candidates admitted to the Preliminaries will be made public
   by 1 March 2010.

4. Candidates not admitted to the Preliminaries will be refunded their entry fee,
   minus bank transfer costs.
                                     VI

1. The Jury of the Preliminaries will comprise outstanding Polish and foreign
   musicians.

2. Candidates will be notified of the date and time of their audition in the
   Preliminaries to the Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin International Piano
   Competition by 10 March 2010.

3. Competitors are obliged to arrive in Warsaw no later than two days before
   their appearance in the Preliminaries and to register with the Competition
   Secretariat.



4. Preliminary Stage Repertoire

The repertoire of the Preliminary Stage contains solely works by Fryderyk
Chopin:
   one of the following études:
   A minor, Op. 10 No. 2
   G sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 6
   A minor, Op. 25 No. 11

   two études, one from each group below:
        a) C major, Op. 10 No. 1               b)   C major, Op. 10 No. 7
            C sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4             A flat major, Op. 10 No. 10
            G flat major, Op. 10 No. 5              E flat major, Op. 10 No. 11
            F major, Op. 10 No. 8                   A minor, Op. 25 No. 4
            C minor, Op. 10 No. 12                  E minor, Op. 25 No. 5
                                                    B minor, Op. 25 No. 10

   one work from the following:
     Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3
     Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
     Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
     Nocturne in G major, Op. 37 No. 2
     Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
     Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2
     Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
     Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
     Nocturne in E major, Op. 62 No. 2
     Etude in E flat minor, Op. 10 No. 6
     Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7
     Etude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3
   one work from the following:
     Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
     Ballade in F major, Op. 38
     Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47
     Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
     Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
     Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
     Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
     Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
     Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
     Scherzo in E major, Op. 54

   one mazurka from the following opuses:
     17, 24, 30, 33, 41, 50, 56, 59

The Preliminary Stage repertoire must be played from memory.
The works may be performed in any order, with the exception of the set études,
which must be performed one after the other.
                                      VII

1. The preliminary auditions will be open to the public.

2. In principle 80 participants will be admitted to the Competition.

3. The list of participants admitted to the Competition will be announced on
   22 April 2010.

                                       VIII

1. The Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition will consist of
   three stages and a final.

2. Competitors are obliged to register with the Competitors’ Secretariat no later
   than 29 September 2010.

3. In principle 40 competitors will be admitted to Stage II, 20 competitors to
   Stage III, and no more than 10 competitors to the Final.

                                         IX
Competition Repertoire:

The Competition Repertoire contains solely works by Fryderyk Chopin:

Stage I
   two études, one from each group below:
        a) C major, Op. 10 No. 1                b)   A minor, Op. 10 No. 2
            C sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4              C major, Op. 10 No. 7
            G flat major, Op. 10 No. 5               A flat major, Op. 10 No. 10
            F major, Op. 10 No. 8                    E flat major, Op. 10 No. 11
            C minor, Op. 10 No. 12                   A minor, Op. 25 No. 4
            A minor, Op. 25 No. 11                   E minor, Op. 25 No. 5
                                                     G sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 6
                                                     B minor, Op. 25 No. 10

   one of the following works:
     Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3
     Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
     Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
     Nocturne in G major, Op. 37 No. 2
     Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
     Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2
     Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
     Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
     Nocturne in E major, Op. 62 No. 2
     Etude in E flat minor, Op. 10 No. 6
     Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7
     Etude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3

   one of the following works:
     Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
     Ballade in F major, Op. 38
     Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47
     Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
     Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
     Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
     Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
     Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
     Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
     Scherzo in E major, Op. 54

The works may be performed in any order, with the exception of the études from
groups a) and b), which must be performed one after the other.

Stage II

   one of the following works, not performed in Stage I:
     Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
     Ballade in F major, Op. 38
      Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47
      Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
      Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
      Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
      Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
      Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
      Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
      Scherzo in E major, Op. 54

   one of the following waltzes:
     Waltz in E flat major, Op. 18
     Waltz in A flat major, Op. 34 No. 1
     Waltz in F major, Op. 34 No. 3
     Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42
     Waltz in A flat major, Op. 64 No. 3

   one full set of mazurkas from the following opuses:
     17, 24, 30, 33, 41, 50, 56, 59
The mazurkas must be played in the order they are numbered in the opus.



In the case of the Mazurkas, Opp. 33 and 41, the   authentic numbering applies:
Op. 33:      G sharp minor, No. 1    Op. 41:        E minor, No. 1
             C major, No. 2                         B major, No. 2
             D major, No. 3                         A flat major, No. 3
             B minor, No. 4                         C sharp minor, No. 4

   one of the following polonaises:
     Andante spianato and Polonaise E flat major, Op. 22
     Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44
     Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53

    at least one Chopin work of the competitor’s choosing not performed in Stage
   I.

Stage II performances to last 45–50 minutes.
Works may be performed in any order.
Should a competitor overrun the time limit, the Jury may stop the performance.

Stage III

   Polonaise - Fantasy in A flat major, Op. 61

   Sonata in C minor, Op. 4 or Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 35 or Sonata in B
   minor, Op. 58
   (the repeat of the first movement exposition in the B minor Sonata should not
   be played; the repeat of the first movement of the B flat minor Sonata is
   optional).

   at least one Chopin work of the competitor’s choosing not performed in the
   previous stages.

Stage III performances to last 55–60 minutes.
Works may be performed in any order.
Should a competitor overrun the time limit, the Jury may stop the performance.

      Final

One of the concertos: in E minor, Op. 11 or in F minor, Op. 21

                                           X

1. The Competition Repertoire must be played from memory.

2. Whilst the texts of all available editions of Chopin’s works are admissible, the
   organisers recommend the Urtext of the National Edition of the Works of
   Fryderyk Chopin (ed. Professor Jan Ekier).

3. Competitors are obliged to specify in their applications the edition of Chopin’s
   works they will be using and the exact timing of each work.

4. A competitor may only alter his/her programme for any stage of the
   Competition by informing the Competition Secretariat of the change by 10
   August 2010.

                                           XI

1. The Jury assesses the interpretations of each competitor on the basis of the
   Jury Rules, made public prior to the Competition.

2. The Jury awards regulation prizes, special prizes and distinctions.

                                          XII

1. The six most highly assessed finalists will be awarded the following prizes:

First         Prize   30,000   € and gold medal
Second        Prize   25,000   € and silver medal
Third         Prize   20,000   € and bronze medal
Fourth        Prize   15,000   €
Fifth         Prize   10,000   €
Sixth         Prize   7,000 €

The prize-winners will earn the title Laureate of the Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin
International Piano Competition.

2. The remaining finalists will each receive a monetary distinction of 4,000 €.

3. Independently of the prizes listed above, the following special prizes are also
   offered:

        - Fryderyk Chopin Society
        for the best performance of a polonaise in Stage II             3,000 €

        - Polish Radio
        for the best performance of mazurkas                            3,000 €

        - Warsaw Philharmonic
        for the best performance of a concerto                          3,000 €

        - Fryderyk Chopin Institute
        for the best performance of a sonata                            3,000 €

        - Vice-chancellor of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music
        for the best performance of the
        Polonaise - Fantasy in A flat major, Op. 61                     3,000 €

4. Competitors eliminated at Stages II and III receive diplomas of participation.

                                        XIII

1. The Jury has the right to alter, by a two-thirds’ majority, the number and
   arrangement of the prizes and distinctions, with the proviso that the total sum
   allocated for prizes and distinctions cannot be increased, and the sums for
   particular prizes and distinctions cannot be lower than provided for in the
   Competition Rules.

2. The Jury has the right to not award special prizes.

3. The Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.



                                        XIV

The prizes, special prizes and distinctions will be presented to their recipients on
21 October 2010.

Diplomas of participation will be presented on 8 and 17 October 2010.
                                       XV

1. All laureates are obliged to perform, without remuneration, in the gala concert
   and its two repeats. Unjustified absence from the gala concert and its repeats
   will result in the forfeiting of prize money.

2. The programme of the gala concert will be established by the Presidium of the
   Competition Jury in agreement with the performers.

3. Laureates are obliged to perform the programme as established by the Jury
   Presidium.

                                       XVI

The conditions for the acceptance of extra prizes are stipulated in the Rules for
Extra Prizes. The Competition Director accepts or rejects prizes put forward on
the basis of these Rules. Proposals for extra prizes should be submitted to the
Competition Secretariat by 30 September 2010. Monetary prizes will be paid in
the currency in which they were deposited. Extra prizes will be awarded on 22
October 2010.

                                      XVII

1. Candidates accepted for the Preliminary Stage will pay for their own travel to
   and from Warsaw.

2. Participants in the Preliminary Stage will pay for their own food and lodging in
   Warsaw.

3. Attached to participants’ notification of the date and time of their preliminary
   audition will be a list of proposed hotels and student hostels.

4. Participants admitted to the Sixteenth Fryderyk Chopin International Piano
   Competition will receive air tickets to and from Warsaw. Tickets will be sent to
   the address given on the application form.

5. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute will cover the costs of food and lodging for
   participants in the Competition, over the following dates:
   participants in Stage I from 27 September to 8 October 2010
   participants in Stage II from 27 September to 14 October 2010
   participants in Stage III from 27 September to the end of the Competition
   participants in the Final from 27 September to the end of the Competition.

                                      XVIII
1. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute will make practice instruments available to all
   participants in the Preliminary Stage and the Competition proper.

2. Finalists are assured of one rehearsal with orchestra.

                                       XIX

1. The Preliminary Stage and all stages of the Competition proper will be open to
   the public.

2. The playing order of competitors will be drawn in public, on 30 September
   2010 at 5 p.m. All competitors must be present.

3. The Competition Office has the right to make changes to the order of
   competitors on any particular day, for organisational or programming
   reasons. In the case of illness, confirmed by the Competition’s medical staff, a
   competitor may be given consent to perform last in order. The new order thus
   established will stand definitively until the end of the Competition.

                                       XX

1.    Competitors cede to the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, without remuneration,
      the rights to the following:
      - performances of works during the Preliminary Stage and the Competition
      proper
      - performances of works during the gala concerts
      - photographic and recorded images taken during participation in the
      Preliminary Stage, the Competition proper and the gala concerts.
      These rights are unlimited in time and space for the following purposes:
      1) recording
      2) reproduction (all forms)
      3) trading
      4) placing on computer memory, Internet or other networks
      5) public play-back and performance
      6) exhibiting
      7) screening
      8) renting
      9) leasing
      10) broadcasting by wired or wireless sound or vision by terrestrial or
      satellite stations
       11) simultaneous and integral radio and television transmission and
      retransmission.
2.    These rights are ceded on the conclusion of the agreement (see §IV.2)
3.    The exploitation of these rights in the ways set out above will be carried
      out by individuals, firms, radio and television stations and record labels
      authorised to do so by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

                                       XXI

In all matters lying outside the competence of the Jury, the Institute Director has
the right to take decisions which are final and not subject to appeal.

                                      XXII

1.    All doubts regarding the Competition Rules will be resolved on the basis of
      the Polish text.

2.    All matters not covered by the Competition Rules are subject to Polish law.

3.    Any disputes not resolved as provided for by § XXI will be resolved by the
      Polish court with local jurisdiction over the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

								
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