VIII International Paderewski Piano Competition Bydgoszcz, Poland

It is the 150th anniversay of the birth of Ignacy Paderewski - a very remarkable man indeed. The historian Adam Zamoyski wrote an excellent biography of the man entitled  Paderewski (London 1982) as well as his most recent brilliant biography of Chopin: Chopin: Prince of the Romantics (London 2010)

Paderewski in the 1890s

Not as much as I expected seems to be happening in Poland concerning this 150th anniversary which surprises me. All I can do at present is to refer you to the official competition website and radio link as there is little publicity concerning the event in Poland.

Perhaps people are suffering a musical hangover after the marathon International Chopin Competition. This is a rather different type of event with chamber music sections and a variety of piano concertos the competitors can choose from - pianists are able to display a more rounded talent than the narrow focus on a sole composer Chopin.

This is an interesting Polish Radio 2 (Dwojka) link of  interviews with the jury and prizewinners after the competition - but only in Polish language.

Official competition website:,AKT:2,index.html

VIII International Paderewski Piano Competition

Bydgoszcz, Poland

November 7th - 21st, 2010


November 19th – 20th, 2010

5 participants

November 19th, 2010

1. Redkin Sergey                             F. Chopin - Concerto No. 1 in E minor op. 11

2. Evstyukhin Denis                        F. Chopin - Concerto No. 1 in E minor op. 11

3. Szymanowski Michał                  S. Prokofiew - Concerto No. 3 in C major op. 26

November 20th, 2010

1. Kunz Eduard P.                 Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor op. 23

2. Kim Hyun Jung                 L. van Beethoven - Concerto No. 5 in E flat major op. 73


Concert of Laureates      SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2010, 18.00



Honourable mention - Denis Evstyukhin

F. Chopin Impromptu in F-sharp major op. 36

Impromptu in G-flat major op. 51

III prize (ex aequo) - Sergey Redkin

I. Stravinsky Petrouchka

Danse russe

Chez Pétrouchka

La semaine grasse

III prize (ex aequo) - Michał Szymanowski

I. J. Paderewski Legend op. 16 No. 1

Polonaise in B major op. 9 No. 6

K. Szymanowski Variations in B-flat minor op. 3


II prize - Hyun Jung Kim

M. Ravel Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs)

S. Prokofiev Suggestion diabolique op. 4 No. 4

C. Saint-Saëns - F. Liszt Danse Macabre

I prize - Eduard Kunz

C. Debussy Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

M. Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit


Le gibet



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