Confirmed: Chopin Competition is off

Confirmed: Chopin Competition is off


norman lebrecht

May 04, 2020

As we warned before the weekend, a combination of political, health and cultural calculations have forced the deferral of the world’s foremost piano competition to October 2021, at the earliest. There was great concern in Warsaw that jurors and contestants would simply not turn up.

Here’s the aoouncement:

The 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition postponed till 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 18th Chopin Competition has been moved to 2021. The Competition will take place at the Warsaw Philharmonic from 2 to 23 October 2021.

Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Piotr Gliński, together with Artur Szklener, Director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, decided to move the Competition from October 2020 to October 2021 after additional consultations with Poland’s Ministry of Health.

In the words of Artur Szklener: “We are sparing no effort to make sure that the 18th Chopin Competition will be as good as we all expected and that it will continue the great tradition forged over the decades. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute is working intensely to make the move from 2020 to 2021 run as smoothly as possible”.

The list of pianists accepted for the eliminations will remain the same. All the tickets purchased for the sold-out event remain valid.

All the details regarding the new schedule of the Competition will be made public on 14 May 2020.




  • Buddah says:

    Gives as a longer time of not seeing Asians.

    • Suzanne says:

      Why must we allow such racist comments on this blog? Appalling.

    • hooked on phonics says:

      proofread your comments next time man, maybe they’ll make more sense.

    • Jen says:

      Please don’t act like an uneducated racist. We are talking about music here. Everybody in this industry is suffering right now. If you know the depth of it, please read the room and behave.

    • Leo says:

      You mean it gives time for these Asians to practice and win all top 6 prizes.

      • Buddah says:

        Yes indeed.
        Because today’s manner of classical music hass been reduced down to finger-movements.
        And I do agree that the Asians are just the best at that!

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        Personally it pleases me that so many Asian nations have taken to western classical music, thereby ensuring it survives in perpetuity – when our European stock take it so much for granted and couldn’t seem to care less at all. After all, the Eurovision was won by an Austrian a couple of years ago; a ‘woman’ with a beard. Says it all really. The Asians would have been locked away in their music schools doing many hours of solitary, rigorous practice!!

        • Eric says:

          Eurovision has nothing to do with classical music but by bringing up Conchita Wurst you ge to display your own bigotry. Says it all really.

      • Barry Guerrero says:

        If they worker and are deserving, who cares if they’re Asians. Why’s it matter what they are, ethnically speaking?

    • MezzoLover says:

      This pandemic has certainly brought out the worst in people, especially the racists amongst us. And apparently love of music and racism are not mutually exclusive.


    • Buddah-fan says:

      Let the Buddah state his opinions.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    OK, will look forward to it towards the end of the year.