Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Egypt 2021

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Cairo and the European Foundation for Education and Culture Zielona Góra cordially invite young pianists to the “Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Egypt 2021” (further mentioned as the Competition).

The Competition will be held in Cairo from November 13th to 16th 2021

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.

If the corona pandemic situation makes it necessary, we will run the competition online. We will inform the interested parties as soon as possible.

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.,
  • Contredanse g flat major, 3 Ecossaises op. 72
  • one Mazurka of the candiate's choice.
  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.

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

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 of the candiate's choice.
  2. 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.

Repertoire category C (4 pieces) 

  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • one Etudes op. 10 or op. 25 (except 10/3, 10/6, 25/7).  
  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • 4 Ballades,
  • 4 Scherzi,
  • Fantaisie op. 49,
  • Barcarolle op. 60,
  • Polonaises (except Polonaises of category A or B).
  1. Fryderyk Chopin: one of the following pieces:
  • Waltzes op. 18, op. 34, op. 42, op. 64,
  • or two Chopin’s Mazurkas of the candiate's choice.
  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/ to October, 10. 2021.

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

Maestro Ahmed El Saedi, Egypt

Prof. Helgeheide Schmidt, Germany

 

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 prizes will be awarded in each category.

First, second and third prizes of each category will get a master workshop in music from Prof. Mariola Cieniawa-Puchala.

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.

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