Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Music: 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

If you're a classical music fan, and especially if you're a fan of Frédéric Chopin, you should be watching the XVIII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. Fryderyka Chopina (commonly known as the "Chopin Competition"). Held every five years and delayed from last year due to the pandemic, the Chopin Competition is one of the oldest classical music competitions around:

The preliminary round, which runs from July 12 to 23, 2021, features 160 young professional pianists from around the world, but mostly Eastern Europe and Asia. They're all competing in a desperate battle to pass into the main stage of the competition, held in October. There will be etudes, nocturnes, and mazurkas aplenty, and the whole event is streaming live and free via YouTube, thanks to the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and (by extension) the Polish government.


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