Eextract of the Rules
of the 13th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition


The Competition is open to pianist of all nationalities born between October 1 st, 1965 and October 1 st, 1977.


  1. The auditions will be held in public. There will be three stages and the final.

  2. The order of auditions will be established before the Competition by drawing of lots and will be preserved virtually till the end of the contest.

  3. For organizational and programme reasons the Competition Bureau has the right to make alterations to the order of auditions during a single day. Should the competitor be taken ill, and this has been confirmed by the Competition's medical, his appearance may be shifted beyond the established order to the end of the round. The new order that has thus emerged will be kept till the end of the Competition and will be irrevocable.

  4. No more than forty competitors will be admitted as a rule to the 2nd stage no more that fifteen ñ to the 3rd stage and no more than six to the final.

The programme of the Competition includes the following pieces to be played from memory:


  1. One of ballads
    or Fantasia in F minor Op. 49
    or Barcarole in F sharp major Op. 60

  2. Three studies, one of the each of the following three groups:

    1. in C major Op. 10 No. 1
      in C sharp minor Op. 10 No. 4
      in G flat major Op. 10 No. 5
      in F major Op. 10 No. 8
      in C minor Op. 10 No. 12
      in A minor Op. 25 No. 11
    2. in A flat major Op. 10 No. 10
      in F major Op. 25 No. 3
      in A minor Op. 25 No. 4
      in E minor Op. 25 No. 5
    3. in A minor Op. 10 No. 2
      in C major Op. 10 No. 7
      in G sharp minor Op. 25 No. 6
      in D flat major Op. 25 No. 8
      in B minor Op. 25 No. 10

The competitors may choose order in which the pieces are played except that the studies should be played in sequence.


  1. One of the following polonaises:
    Andante spianato and Polonaise in E flat major Op. 22
    Polonaise in F sharp minor Op. 44
    Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53
    Polonaise Fantasie in A flat major Op. 61

  2. A nocturne chosen from the following Opus numbers: 9, 15, 27, 32, 37, 48, 55, 62 or Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 45 or Berceuse in D flat major Op. 57

  3. Compositions chosen by the competitor from the following:
    Rondos Op. 1, 5, 16
    Variations in B flat major Op. 12
    Waltzes Op. 18, 34, 42, 64
    Bolero in C major Op. 19
Scherzos (in the case of the Scherzo in B minor Op. 20 the repeat should not be played)
Ballads, Fantasia in F minor Op. 49, Barcarole in F sharp major Op. 60 (that have not been played in the first stage)
An optional number of the Preludes Op. 28 (but not less than three) in their numerical succesion.
Studies "Methode des Methodes"
Duration of performance in this stage: 35-40 minutes.
The competitor shall indicate in the application the exact duration of his performance in each piece. Should the competitor exceed his time limit the Jury may interrupt his performance.


  1. A complete series of mazurkas from the following Opus numbers: 17, 24, 30, 33, 41, 50, 56, 59

  2. Sonata in B flat minor Op. 35 or Sonata in B minor Op. 58 (in Sonata B minor Op. 58 the repeat should not be played)

    The order in which the works are played is optional, but the mazurkas must be played in their numerical order. The Mazurkas Op. 33 and Op. 41 must be played in the authentic order in their numeration.

    Op. 33: Op. 41:
    - in G sharp minor No. 1;
    - in C major No. 2;
    - in D major No. 3;
    - in B minor No. 4;
    - in E minor No. 1;
    - in B major No. 2;
    - in A flat major No. 3;
    - in C sharp minor No. 4;


One od the compositions for piano and orchestra: Op. 2 or Op. 13 or Op. 14 and one of the piano concertos: in E minor Op. 11 or in F minor Op. 21. The works must be played in the above-indicated order.


The Jury judges the quality of interpretation of each competitor according to its internal rules and regulations.
Performances of the polonaises in the second stage, performances of mazurkas in the third stage and performances of the concertos in the Final are judges separately.


  1. The finalists will be awarded the following prizes:

    I prize - - 25 000 USD and the gold medal
    II prize - - 20 000 USD and the silver medal
    III prize - - 15 000 USD and the bronze medal
    IV prize - - 10 000 USD
    V prize - - 6 000 USD
    VI prize - - 4 000 USD

    He or she who has won one of these prize is entitled to be called the prize-winner of the 13th International Chopin Piano Competition

  2. Independently of the afore-mentioned prizes special prizes will be awarded:
    by the Chopin Society for the best performance of a polonaise - 4 000 USD,
    by Polish Radio for the best performance of mazurkas - 4 000 USD,
    by the National Philharmonic for the best performance of a concerto - 4 000 USD.


Awards of 3 500 USD each will be granted to the best competitors in round III not admitted to the final. Other competitors in round III will be awarded diplomas of participation.


  1. The Jury may by a 2/3 majority alter the distribution of the prizes and awards with the stipulation that particular prizes and awards be neither smaller nor greater than stated in the Regulations.

  2. The Jury has the right not to award special prizes or to decide upon their distribution.

  3. Decisions of the Jury are final and irrevocable, no legal action may be taken against them.


  1. Prizes and awards will be presented to the prize-winners and recipients of awards on October 20, 1995 in the National Philharmonic Hall

  2. All the prize-winners and recipients of awards will be obliged to participate without any further gratification in the prize-winners concert and in its repetition the next day.

  3. The programme of this particular concert will be decided by the Jury of the Competition in agreement with the performers.

  4. The prize-winners are obliged to perform the programme as it was agreed with the Presidium of the Jury.


All the financial and other awards donated by institutions and private persons should be registered with the Director of the Competition by August Ist, 1995. Awards accepted by the Director of the Competition will be regarded as being outside the regulations. Financial awards will be paid in the currency in which they were deposited.
All these awards will be presented in the National Philharmonic Hall on 21 October 1995.

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