Chopin Society XII DARMSTADT INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN PIANO COMPETITION 21.10.2022 – 31.10.2022
21.10.2022 – 31.10.2022
I drove to Darmstadt from Warsaw via beautiful Potsdam to cover this important competition in detail as the official reviewer in the English language
Please use this link to 'The Reviewer's Notepad' (my daily evaluation of the competition and candidates)
Reviews of the previous competition in October 2015
The Competition was in 3 rounds.
Works exclusively by Fryderyk Chopin:
Works for piano solo
Works for piano and orchestra (Concertos in E minor op. 11 and F minor op. 21, Krakowiak in F major op. 14, Fantasy on Polish Airs in A major op. 13)
Improvisation on a given theme (optional)
€ 30.000 altogether among the laureates plus concert engagements
COMPETITION REPERTOIRE 2022
Concerning the repertoire
The guiding principle in the compilation of the repertoire was to include examples of works from different genres and periods of Chopin’s life, while placing strong emphasis on Chopin’s early works, such as the rondos and some early polonaises in the second round and op. 13 and 14 in the final round, these youthful and charming works being fine examples of the style brilliante so undeservedly neglected on today’s concert platforms. Our decision in favour of the first sonata in C minor forced us to exclude from the repertoire the two famous sonatas in B minor and B-flat minor due to time limitations. This decision was not taken lightly.
The opportunity for improvisation in the first round should be seen as an incentive for young pianists to explore and develop this nowadays widely neglected art, of which Chopin was such a great master.
To be performed from memory in any chosen order, except for the études and mazurkas, which should be performed as a set.
Any reliable edition of Chopin’s works is permitted, although we strongly recommend the National Edition (edited by Jan Ekier).
The highly distinguished jury for the 2022 competition consisted of:
Kevin Kenner (USA, Chair),
Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron (BUL/PL),
Dina Yoffe (LET),
Alexander Kobrin (USA),
Christopher Elton (GB), Martin Kasik (CZ),
Sabine Simon (D),
Aleksandra Mikulska (PL / D).