New delay at the Chopin Competition

New delay at the Chopin Competition


norman lebrecht

January 18, 2021

With Covid still raging, Warsaw is still planning to hold the 18th Chopin Competition in October 2021.

But the preliminary round, scheduled for April, was pushed back today to July.

Fingers crossed.


  • Rogerio says:

    So they had peviously over-underestimated the threat and thus overestimated the available preliminaryness.
    This didn’t happen with the Solidarity Movement. But back then John Paul II was giving them a hand.
    Now they are all alone.

  • Gordon says:

    Queen elisabeth will be next to postpone.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Who cares? It was a long time ago when pianists like Friedrich Gulda or Maurizio Pollini or Martha Argerich participated in competitions. Now is the time of technical broilers, with their teachers in the jury.

    • Anon says:

      Jury members of the Chopin Competition aren’t allowed to vote for their students. And the fact that so many young pianists are technically impeccable does not mean they are not incredibly expressive as well. Seong-Jin Cho will be every bit as much of a legend as Argerich.

  • Paul Carlile says:

    “Fingers crossed….?” Surely sir, shome mishtake if it’s for a piano competition…

  • JussiB says:

    Looks like they’re in for a lang lang wait.
    BTW many top-tier pianists never won competitions.

  • JussiB says:

    Lang Lang and Yuja did not win any competitions.

  • Melvin says:

    piano competitions are some the most unfair and corrupt competitive events on the planet. They should postpone indefinitely. No one will shed tears, with the exception of the jury.