Chopin Competition 2014 introduction

The Second Australian International Chopin Piano Competition will be held at the ANU School of Music from 15-21 September 2014. There will be 3 rounds:

  • Round 1 (preliminary stage) 16-17 September 2014 (two stages of 20 minutes each)
  • Round 2 (semi-final) on 19 September 2014 (6 competitors will be chosen to perform a 40-50 minute recital)
  • Round 3 (final) 21 September 2014 (3 competitors will be chosen to perform)


First Prize - $25,000 Donated by the Pratt Foundation, Melbourne

Second Prize - $10,000 Donated by Friends of Chopin Australia, Canberra

Third Prize - $5,000 Donated by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Canberra

A People's Choice prize will also be awarded.



The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, aged between 18 and 31 years (born between 1 January 1983 and 31 December 1996). Recipients of the first, second or third prize of the previous Competition in 2011 are not eligible to enter.



The jury will be chaired by Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky AM (ANU School of Music, Canberra). The jury will also include international guest adjudicator Professor Wojciech Świtała (Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland), and a number of eminent representatives of Australian universities.

Travel and Accommodation

Selected international competitors may be eligible to have their travel to Canberra reimbursed by ANU School of Music after arrival, to a maximum of AUD1000. International competitors are responsible for obtaining their own passports and visa documents.

Competitors will be billeted in the community, facilitated by the Friends of Chopin Australia association.


Practice Facilities

Practice facilities will be provided by the ANU School of Music. ​


How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, accompanied by an audiovisual recording of a life performance of the following four pieces:

  • One etude by Chopin
  • One prelude and fugue by Bach
  • One sonata (first movement only) by Mozart or Beethoven
  • One nocturne by Chopin 

​The application fee is AUD100. All applications must be received by 15 June 2014.

Further information, including the conditions of entry, will be made available shortly. The competition programme is available below.

For further requests, and media enquiries, please contact the Artistic Director, Maciej Pawela.


  • ANU School of Music
  • Embassy of the Republic of Poland
  • Friends of Chopin Australia


  • Pratt Foundation
  • Yamaha Australia


  • Christine Goode

Stages of Competition – Programme & Repertoire

Stage 1

16th September - All contestants will perform a short 20 min recital.

  1. IMPROMPTU from the following:
    1. A flat major, Op.29
    2. F sharp major, Op.36
    3. G flat major, Op.51
    4. Fantasie-Impromptu C sharp minor, Op. 66
  2. From the following:
    1. ETUDE by Claude Debussy
    2. ETUDE by Chopin from Op 10 and Op 25

Except: E Major Op 10 no 3, E flat minor Op 10 no 6, C sharp minor Op 25 no 7

  1. SCHERZO from the following:
    1. B minor, Op.20
    2. B flat minor, Op.31
    3. C sharp minor, Op.39
    4. E major, Op. 54

Stage 2

17th of September - All contestants will perform a short 20 min recital

    1. 1 or 2 mazurkas by Szymanowski
    2. 2 or 3 mazurkas by Chopin from the same Opus, to choose from opuses: 17, 24, 30, 33, 41, 50, 56, 59
  2. WALTZ from the following:
    1. E flat major, Op.18
    2. A flat major, Op. 34 no1
    3. A flat major, Op.42
    1. Any


19th September - 6 competitors

  1. COMPOSITION by an Australian composer:
    1. Carl Vine - one movement of any sonata or
    2. Anthony Bozicevic- Dan Gnjeva or
    3. Carl Vine - Toccatissimo and Bagatelle no 5
  2. POLONAISE from the following:
    1. Andante Spianato and Polonaise E flat major, Op.22
    2. Polonaise in F sharp minor,Op.44
    3. Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53
    4. Polonaise - Fantasy A flat major, Op.61
  3. SONATA from the following:
    1. Sonata C minor, Op.4
    2. Sonata B flat minor, Op.35
    3. Sonata B minor,Op.58


21st September - 3 competitors

  1. PIANO CONCERTO with accompaniment of string quintet
    1. E minor, Op.11 or
    2. F minor, Op.21

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer