This may sound like political correctness taken a pedal too far.
The Chopin Competition is held every five years. The last was in 2015.
Now, for political reasons (see below), an extra competition has been announced for next year – with a twist.
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute owns a number of instruments that Chopin once played – mostly Erards and Pleyels, with a solitary English Broadwood. It will put them to use for the first time as competition instrument in 2018 in an event arranged to celebrate the centenary of Poland’s independence.
A one-off? No, they want to make this competition a regular occurrence.