U.S. Chopin Competition kicks top prize up to $75,000 for 2015
The National Chopin Foundation will raise their top prize to $75,000 for 2015, making it the highest award for a piano competition in the country.
“In support of our mission to assist the career development of American pianists exclusively, we decided to raise the bar in hopes of attracting the very best pianists from the U.S.A. to the 2015 competition in Miami,” said executive director, Jadwiga Gewert.
“As one of only two organizations in this country that are committed to discovering and promoting American classical pianists exclusively, we feel the increased cash prizes will go a long way to help get the winners noticed.”
In addition to the $75,000 prize, the winner of the National Chopin Competition will advance to the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and be booked for concert engagements in the U.S. and internationally, arranged by the Chopin Foundation.
Second prize will be $35,000 and also include acceptance to the International Chopin Piano Competition. Third Prize is $20,000, Fourth, $10,000, Fifth and Sixth, $5,000 and $4,000. All finalists will receive expense-paid trips to Warsaw for the Chopin Competition.
Founded by Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel, the first National Chopin Piano Competition was held in Miami in 1975 under the auspices of the American Institute of Polish Culture. Since then it has been presented every five years by the Chopin Foundation of the United States and is designed to offer performance opportunities and financial support to American pianists and to select winners to take part in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. The foundation also offers scholarships to young American pianists, ages 14-17, to aid potential future competition contestants.
The National Chopin Competition will take place February 21 through March 1, 2015 in Miami. For information, go to chopin.org