About the Competition
We are very pleased to announce that this is our 20th Anniversary Year of the Chopin Piano Competition! This annual event allows serious piano students throughout the region to showcase their skill. The 2021 Competition will be held at 250 Old Maxwell Road in Latham on Saturday, September 18, 2021 starting at 9 AM and judged by a panel of accomplished musicians. Any and all appropriate COVID precautions will be in effect at that time.
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 19.
Winners receive cash prizes Over the last 20 years, the community has grown to appreciate the opportunity to listen and watch our participants perform. Their appreciation allows us to increase the monetary awards for the winners of the 2021 as follows: The Chopin Novice winner is awarded $250; the Chopin Apprentice level winner, $500; and the Chopin Master level winner, $1000. Runners-up receive $100, $250, and $500, respectively.
A Mazurka Award ($200) and Etude Award ($350) 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.
(Please read below as some requirements have been recently amended)
Chopin Novice: Typically, participants in this category are between 6-12 years old.
May choose any Chopin composition
Chopin Apprentice: Typically, participants in this category are between 12-16 years old.
Participant must play two compositions: 1) any Chopin composition of choice, and 2) one Chopin Mazurka
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
* Age requirement for Master category can be waived if student has won first place in the Apprentice Level and is competent to compete in the Master Level.