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  • 6 February 2018

    From 28 January to 4 February 2018, the 12th edition of the International Chopin Piano Competition for young pianists, co-organized by the Polish Embassy in Tallinn, took place in Narva. This year's edition has been included in the Estonian programme of celebrating the centenary of Poland's regaining independence.

    For a week, 53 participants from 15 countries fought for the Grand Prix award and prizes in three age categories. The winner of the Grand Prix was 11-year-old Timofei Starovoitov from Russia, becoming the youngest winner in the twenty-year history of the competition. Among the winners there are two Poles. Julia Łozowska won first prize in the oldest age group (16-18 years old) and Paweł Mirosław Wojciechowski won first prize in the middle age category (13-15 years old). Full list of successful candidates:  



    The competition ended with a gala concert in Tallinn, in a prestigious location in the Old Town, the so-called House of the Blackheads' Brotherhood. The Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Heritage of Poland, Jarosław Sellin, presented the Grand Prix award. Apart from receiving a cash prize, the laureate was invited to take a study visit to Poland in the footsteps of Fryderyk Chopin. The gala concert was listened to by more than a hundred invited guests, including ambassadors accredited in Estonia, representatives of national cultural institutions, teachers and students of music schools. The concert was broadcast live by Estonian public radio channel 4 and its fragments were also broadcast on another public radio station - Klassikaraadio. 



    The competition has been held for twenty years, on a biennial cycle. It is one of the most important cultural events in Narva and one of the flagship undertakings of the Polish Embassy in Tallinn. The main organizer is the Municipal Council of Narva, and the event is supported by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Foundation for the National Edition of Fryderyk Chopin's Works.


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