Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Egypt 2023

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Cairo and the European Foundation for Education and Culture Zielona Góra cordially invit young pianists to the “Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Egypt 2023” (further mentioned as the Competition).

The Competition is held in Cairo from March 17th to 20th 2023.

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 (until finishing the competition)

Category B:  participants up to 15 years (until finishing the competition)

Category C:  participants up to 18 years (until finishing the competition)

Category D:  participants up to 21 years (until finishing 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.,
  • Contredanse g flat major, 3 Ecossaises op. 72
  • one Mazurka of the candiate's choice.

 

2 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.

 

3 a first movement of a classical sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart,

  • M. Clementi, A. Diabelli, F. Kuhlau or L.v. Beethoven

 

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

 

2 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

   

3 one Chopin’s Mazurka of the candidate's choice

 

4 a first movement of a classical sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, M. Clementi or L.v. Beethoven

 

Repertoire category C (4 pieces) 

1 Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:

  • one Etude from op. 10 or op. 25 (except 10/3, 10/6, 25/7)

 

2 Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:

  • Ballade op.23, Ballade op.38, Ballade op.47, Ballade op.52
  • Scherzo op.20, Scherzo op.31, Scherzo op.39,Scherzo op.54
  • Fantaisie op. 49,
  • Barcarolle op. 60,
  • Polonaises (except Polonaises of category A or B)

 

3 Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:

  • Waltzes op. 18, op. 34, op. 42, op. 64,
  • or two Chopin’s Mazurkas of the candidate's choice

 

4 a first movement of a classical sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, M. Clementi or L. v. Beethoven

 

Repertoire category D (4 pieces) 

1 Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces

            one Etude from op. 10 or op. 25 except from:

  • E-major op.10 No.3 ,3-flat minor op.10 No.6,
  • f-minor op.25 No.2, c-sharp minor op.25 No.7,
  • f- minor No.1, Méthode des méthodes,
  • D-flat major No.2, Méthode des méthodes.
  • A-flat major, Methode des méthodes

 

2 Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:

  • Ballade op.23, Ballade op.38, Ballade op.47, Ballade op.52,
  • Scherzo op.20, Scherzo op.31, Scherzo op.39, Scherzo op.54,
  • Polonaise op.26 No.1, Polonaise op.26 No.2,
  • Polonaise op.71 No.1, Polonaise op.71 No.2,
  • Impromptu op.36, Impromptu op.51, Fantaisie-Impromptu op.66,
  • Rondo op.1, Rondo op.16, Rondo à la Mazur op.5,
  • Variations op.12, Variations on a theme"La ci darem lam mano" op.2,
  • Bolero op.19, Andante spinato and Great Polonaise op.22

 

3 Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:

  • Valse op.18, Valse op.34 No.1, Valse op.34 No.2, Valse op.34 No.3,
  • Valse op.42, Valse op.64 No.1, Valse op.64 No.2
  • or two Chopin's Mazurkas of the candidat's choice

 

4 a first movement of a classical sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, M. Clementi or L.v. Beethoven

 

Performance time

Category A: at least 12 minutes

Category B: at least 15 minutes

Category C: at least  20 minutes

Category D: at least 20 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/ to February 7th, 2023.

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

Prof.Mariola Cieniawa-Puchala, Poland

Prof. Helgeheide Schmidt, Germany

Maestro Ahmed El Saedi, Egypt

 

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 receive a trip to the most important memorials of Fryderyk  Chopin in Poland and there will be a concert in the Philharmonie in Zielona Góra.
  • The 1st prize winner of the category will have the opportunity to play a solo concert with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
  • The second and third prize laureates will receive valuable prices.
  • All prize winners are participants in a master class by Prof. Mariola Cieniawa-Puchala.

Locations

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

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

German Music School Cairo

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

 Deutsche Musikschule Kairo
 176 فوزي الغرباوي-قسم الخليفة،،, Al Abageyah, El Mukkatam, Cairo Governorate, Ägypten
 +20 22 725 2555 | +20 102 79 333 27
 info@chopin-competition-in-cairo.org

Cairo Opera House

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

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