Corona-Virus

Dear friends,

the health and safety of our participants and guests is our top priority. Due to the recent spread of the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone our Chopin Piano Competition indefinitely. As it is currently uncertain how long current restrictions on gatherings and movement will stay in place, we cannot announce a new date, but will publish it as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. The registration will remain open, so everyone who would still like to join will be able to do so.

We hope to be able to come together and celebrate Chopin’s music very soon and will keep you updated. Stay safe!

Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Egypt 2020

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Cairo and the European Foundation of Rahn Education cordially invite young pianists to the “Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Egypt 2020” (further mentioned as the Competition).

Competition conditions

  • The competition is intended for young pianists of all nationalities living or residing in Egypt.
  • The competition is open to the public.
  • The contest takes place in one round.
  • All works must be performed from memory. Within the prescribed performance time repetitions are allowed ad lib.
  • The jury reserves the right to interrupt the performance of the participant before or after the time limit. 
  • The finalists of the competition are required to participate in the laureates’ concert.

Age categories

Category A: participants up to 12 years (elementary school)

Category B: participants 12-15 years (preparatory school)

Category C: participants 16-19 years (high school)

Higher education students cannot take part in the competition.

Repertoire category A (3 pieces) 

  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Polonaises: G minor Op. posth., B-flat major Op. posth., A-flat major Op. posth.,
  • Waltzes: E major Op. posth., E minor Op. posth., A-flat major Op. posth.,
  • one Mazurka.
  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Nocturnes: C-sharp minor Op. posth. (Lento con gran espressione), C minor Op. posth., E minor Op. 72 No. 1, E-flat major Op. 9 No. 2,   
  • Cantabile B-flat major,
  • Preludes Op. 28 No. 4, No. 6.
  1. One work by an Egyptian composer.

Repertoire category B (4 pieces) 

  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Polonaises: C-sharp minor Op. 26 No. 1, D minor Op. 71 No. 1, B-flat major Op. 71 No. 2, G-sharp minor Op. posth., B-flat minor Op. posth.,    
  • Waltzes: A minor Op. 34 No. 2, A-flat major Op. 64 No. 1, C-sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2, D-flat major Op. 69 No. 1, B minor Op. 69 No. 2, G-flat major Op. 70 No. 1, F minor Op. 70 No. 2.
  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Nocturnes: B-flat minor Op. 9 No. 1, E-flat major Op. 9 No. 2, F major Op. 15 No. 1, F-sharp major Op. 15 No. 2, B major Op. 32 No. 1, A-flat major Op. 32 No. 2, G minor Op. 37 No. 1, F minor Op. 55 No. 1, E minor Op. 72 No. 1.    
  1. One Chopin’s Mazurka.
  2. One work by an Egyptian composer.

 

Repertoire category C (4 pieces) 

  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Etudes Op. 10 (except E major No. 3, E-flat minor No. 6) or Op. 25 (except F minor No. 2, C-sharp minor No. 7).  
  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • 4 Ballades,
  • 4 Scherzi,
  • Fantaisie Op. 49,
  • Barcarolle,
  • Polonaises (except Polonaises of category A or B).
  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Waltzes Op. 18, 34, 42, 64,
  • Or two Chopin’s Mazurkas.
  1. One work by an Egyptian composer.

Competition participants must provide the jury with two copies of the Egyptian composer's notes for the duration of the performance.

Performance time

Category A: up to 15 minutes

Category B: up to 20 minutes

Category C: up to 30 minutes

Registration

Interested candidates can register online by filling out the registration form available through the link https://www.chopin-competition-in-cairo.org/registration/.

The registration documents shall include:

  • fully completed online form,
  • current passport photo (portrait in good quality),
  • scan of the identity card or passport,
  • copy of the birth certificate.

 

Jury

  • Polish juror
  • Egyptian juror
  • German juror

 

Evaluation

Evaluation of the performances is done according to a points system (0-25).

The result will be announced at the end of each category.

The decisions of the jury are final and incontestable.

Awards

First, second and third prices will be awarded in each category.

All first laureates will be awarded a trip to the most important memorials of Fryderyk Chopin in Poland - “Chopin’s Footsteps”.

The second and third prize winners will receive valuable prices.

Locations

German Music School Cairo

The competition will take place at the premises of the “German Music School Cairo” of the Rahn Education.

Cairo Opera House

The awards ceremony and the laureates’ concert will take place at the Cairo Opera House - Small Hall.

In cooperation with