Polish favourite quits Chopin Competition with hand injury

Karolina Nadolska, whom many saw as Poland’s front-player in this autumn’s Chopin Competition, has been forced to withdraw.

She tells Slipped Disc: ‘ I have a problem with right hand… I was supposed to play on the 17th but couldn’t move my fingers. The organizers proposed me to try today but my hand is still in bad condition. Well… It is a bit better but still not good enough to play 3 Etudes.. That is why I had to resign…’

Karolina, 30, came second in the 2011 All-Poland Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition [redacted] in Warsaw and was expected to fly the Polish flag high again this year. We wish her a swift recovery.

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  • The last Chopin took place 2010 (not 2011).

    Karolina won 2nd prize in a slightly different competition called The All-Poland Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

    At the 2010 Chopin competition, the wonderful Geniusas and Wunder shared 2nd prize.

    Live streaming of the preselection started a few days ago: http://chopincompetition2015.com/#/multimedia/

    • Dear Fryderyk – sorry, you made a mistake – just read the text !
      That is exactly what Mr.Norman wrote about – The All-Poland Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2011 ! It is correct !
      In 2013 & 2014 Karolina won also two I Prizes – at the Granada and Budapest International Chopin Piano Competitions…
      Best regards

  • To play the required selection of 3 Etudes consecutively is murderously difficult indeed. Poland is still very well represented in the preselection with 21 pianists, if I counted correctly.

    • None of Chopin’s works was composed to check the muscle strength – even Etudes.There is a very strange proportion of the Chopin repertoire required in the Preliminary.
      Ballade or Scherzo, only ONE single Mazurka,
      THREE Etudes, ONE Nocturne or slow…..Etude.
      NO POLONAISE !
      The Preliminary audience will have to listen around 500 Etudes – but there will not be a chance to listen even one Polonaise !
      Is it the right way to choose the best Chopinist in the Preliminary ?
      Is it the right message delivered to young pianists ?
      Lot of doubts….

  • Dear Fryderyk – sorry, you made a mistake – just read the text !
    That is exactly what Mr. Lebrecht wrote about – The All-Poland Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2011 ! It is absolutely correct !
    In 2013 & 2014 Karolina won also two I Prizes – at the Granada and Budapest International Chopin Piano Competitions…
    Best regards

  • There has been no mistake. As can clearly be seen the post my comment referred to has been “[redacted]” by Normal Lebrecht (possibly after my comment), so as to state the correct information.
    Kind regards from M. Chopin himself 😉

  • It is fitting that a person with a tortured technique that would injure the hand would
    NOT win any Chopin competition as Chopin taught the exact opposite….the hand should
    never be overworked like this!!!

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