About the Competition
The Annual Chopin Piano Competition event allows serious piano students throughout the region to showcase their skill. The 2020 Competition will be judged by a panel of accomplished musicians and will be held at 250 Old Maxwell Road in Latham on Saturday, September 12, 2020 starting at 9am.
Contestants perform one piece composed by Chopin, with Apprentice and Master level students selecting an additional composition from an approved repertoire. Winners and runners-up will perform for the community in a concert on Sunday, September 135.
Winners also receive cash prizes: The Chopin Novice winner is awarded $100; the Chopin Apprentice level winner, $500; and the Chopin Master level winner, $1000. Runners-up receive $50, $200, and $500, respectively.
A Mazurka Award ($100) and Etude Award ($200) may also be awarded, at the discretion of the judges.
Use of the Steinway Concert Grand piano is being donated by Artist Pianos in Latham. The awards will be presented at the Winners’ Concert, and a reception will follow, featuring gourmet desserts.
(Please read below as some age requirements have been recently amended)
May choose any Chopin composition
Participant must play two compositions: 1) any Chopin composition of choice, and 2) one from the following list:
Participant must be at least 15 years old* and play two compositions: 1) any Chopin composition of choice, and 2) one Etude in either Op. 10 or Op. 25 (Excluding Op. 10, No. 3 and Op. 25, No. 7)
* Age requirement can be waived if student has won first place in the Apprentice Level and is competent to compete in the Master Level.