XVII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

I’ve been wanting to have more of my friends write for this blog, and this week’s post has been graciously contributed by my wonderful pianist friend Lauren! Enjoy…

When someone mentions a “Chopin competition,” there is inarguably only one that comes to mind, and that is the Chopin Piano Competition, held in Warsaw, Poland, every five years since 1955. If you haven’t kept up with what’s been going on, for the month of October these marvelous musicians have been competing in what is probably one of the most momentous and memorable experiences of their lives. Many of the performers from previous years–Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Garrick Ohlsson, to name a brief few–have gone on to fabulous careers and established a name for themselves as a result of participating in this competition, so I have high hopes for some of these phenomenal young artists. I’ve been incredibly engrossed in performance-watching (belated), scoring, artist bio research, interviews, and personal budgetary restrictions for the next five years in hopes of attending the XVIII.

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