International Competition for Young Pianists Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam

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Date TBA
Bydgoszcz, Poland

The International Competition for Young Pianists Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam has been organised in Bydgoszcz since 1993. The idea of the competition came from Arthur Rubinstein’s words, which he said while he was giving concert performances in new-built Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall in 1960: “You have a magnificent concert hall so you should hold international concerts here”.



Arthur Rubinstein State Music Schools in Bydgoszcz


The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born from 01 January 1999.
Two rounds followed by a final.


Every two years

Next competition

TBA 2023

Next deadline

TBA 2023



The following enclosures are required from each applicant:
– a completed application form
– 3 black and white photos (9×12 cm)
– a photocopy of the applicant’s birth certificate
– a brief artistic biography
– a letter of recommendation from a piano-teacher or a school with a full address, a telephone number and a fax number or an e-mail address of the recommending person
– a bank receipt showing that the entrance fee of EUR 150 or an equivalent sum in foreign currency has been paid to the following bank account:

im. Artura Rubinsteina
ul. Andrzeja Szwalbego 1,  85-080 Bydgoszcz, Polska
IBAN  PL   10 1010 1078 0020 2013 9134 0000

The transfer description: “XII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Młodych Pianistów” must be clearly shown on the receipt.

The Application Form must be returned not later than 8th of November 2021. Incomplete documents will not be accepted. Materials will not be returned.
All applicants will be informed of their acceptance or rejection not later than 12th of November 2021.


Competitors waive all rights for publication, broadcasting and recording of their
performance and image.
The playing order of competitors will be decided by a draw before the first stage and will
be adhered to throughout the Competition.
The Jury may change the playing order of competitors on specific days. For a good reason
a competitor may be allowed to perform at the end of the stage.
The cost of travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by competitors.
The organizers of the competition will cover the cost of accommodation for all second stage competitors and finalists.
Competitors will be provided with practice facilities in classrooms and will have a right to one rehearsal in the concert hall.
Competitors who will qualify for the final will have one rehearsal with an orchestra.
Competitors will play in public. The competition consists of two stages and the final.
Competitors play the pieces from memory.


The programme of the Competition consists of the following pieces. Competitors play them from memory in the order stated in their application form. The order of pieces is optional.

1ST STAGE – 18 – 20 minutes.
1. A short composition by Johann Sebastian Bach.
2. Two virtuoso etudes played one after another:
– Chopin
– Liszt, Rachmaninov or Scriabin
3. One of the following Chopin’s compositions:
– Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
– Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
– Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
– Scherzo in E major, Op. 54
– Ballade in G minor, Op.23
– Ballade in F major, Op. 38
– Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47
– Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
– Fantasia in F minor, Op. 47
– Barcarole in F sharp major, Op. 60

2ND STAGE – 40 – 45 minutes.
1. One of the following compositions by Karol Szymanowski:
– 4 Mazurkas from Op. 50 No. 1, 2, 3, 4
– Serenade of Don Juan No. 3 from “Masques” Op. 34
– Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3
2. One Classical or Romantic sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin,
Schumann, Liszt, Brahms).
3. One piece of the competitor’s own choice.

3RD STAGE – Final. One of the following piano concertos with an orchestra.
– Ludwig van Beethoven:
in C minor, Op. 37
in G major, Op. 58
in E flat major, Op. 73
– Frederick Chopin:
in E minor, Op. 11
in F minor, Op. 21
– Robert Schumann:
in A minor, Op. 54
– Camille Saint-Saëns:
in G minor, Op. 22
– Sergei Rachmaninov:
in C minor, Op. 18
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
– Peter Tchaikovsky:
in B flat minor, Op. 23
– Karol Szymanowski:
Symphonie concertante, Op. 60


Cash prizes

1st prize – PLN 30,000
2nd prize – PLN 15,000
3rd prize – PLN 9,000
4th prize – PLN 8,000
5th prize – PLN 6,000
6th prize – PLN 4,000

Special Prize of PLN 4,000 for the best performance of a work by Karol Szymanowski in the second stage or the final.

Chopin Prize of PLN 5,000

The prizewinners will receive the title of the laureate of the 12th INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PIANISTS ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN IN MEMORIAM.

The competitors of the second stage not qualified for the final will be awarded diplomas of honour.

The Jury reserves the right not to select the winner and change the number of prizes.

The decisions of the Jury are final and competitors cannot appeal



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