Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youths in Egypt accepting registrations

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Sep 2021

The Embassy of Poland in Cairo announced the due date to register for the upcoming edition of the Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youths in Egypt and the dates of the event itself.

L to R: Zaina Qaddoura, Jomana Youhanna and Lara Ossama, winners of the Chopin Competition for Youth in Egypt 2017 during their visit to Royal Lazienki Park (Warsaw) with the famed Chopin's monument (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Scheduled to take place between 13 and 16 November, the candidates can submit their applications until 10 October 2021.

The competition is intended for young pianists of all nationalities living or residing in Egypt. The final competition, which will take place in one round, will be open to the public.

Performers will be asked to play from memory, abiding to the repertoire requested by the competition’s organisers.

The young pianists are performing in three groups:

Category A: Participants up to 12 years (Elementary school).
Category B: Participants 12-15 years (Preparatory school).
Category C: Participants 16-19 years (High school).

The repertoire for each group and the timeslots for each performer are available on the competition's website

Interested candidates can register online by filling out the registration form available at this link by 10 October 2021 at the latest.

The jury of the 2021 edition of the competition includes Mariola Cieniawa-Puchala (Poland), Ahmed El-Saedi (Egypt), and Helgeheide Schmidt (Germany).

The Chopin International Piano Competition was launched by Fawzy El-Shamy (through the Egyptian Youth Music Association), the former dean of the Cairo Conservatory, who contributed to numerous musical initiatives in Egypt’s musical scene. The competition was held in collaboration with the Embassy of Poland in Cairo.

The first edition of the competition took place in 2010, but due to political reasons, its 2011 edition was cancelled. It returned in 2012 and was held annually until 2018. The competition was then suspended for a few years and is now returning with its 2021 edition and some organisational changes.

The 2021 edition is organised by European Foundation for Education and Culture Zielona Góra in cooperation with Rahn Education Schulen Kairo, maestro Ahmed El Saedy and Embassy of Poland in Cairo.

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