The Australian International Chopin Piano Competition was established in 2010, as a part of the Chopin Bicentennial Celebrations. It was initially a joint venture between the Australian National University School of Music and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra. The Friends of Chopin Australia became a partner in the lead up to the 2nd edition in 2014, with primary responsibility for managing and growing the competition in its out years. In 2017 the Friends of Chopin Australia became the primary partner in the Competition with overall responsibility for the competition.
The competition was conceived as bienniel, with a composition competition attached (the winner of which being included in the repertoire of piano competition), as well as various public events to explore the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin more fully. After its 1st edition, the competition moved to a triennial cycle.
The first edition was held in 2011, and the second edition was held in 2014, and the third edition was held in 2017.
The Australian International Chopin Piano Competition Composition Competition (AICPC Composition Competition) seeks to help young Australian composers further develop their careers and to promote the understanding and appreciation of Chopin’s music and its innovation.
The Composition Competition sets a source text from Chopin to be used as the inspiration or foundation for a wholly new and musically demanding piece of contemporary solo piano music. The winning composition is then placed as mandatory repertoire in the semi-finals of the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition.
Polish Music Competition Australia
The PolMusicaA competition (Polish Music Competition Australia) is designed for Australian youth up to the age of 18 in two categories, under 12, and 13 to 16. The repertoire for the competition is exclusively dedicated to music by Polish composers, from the Romantic to Contemporary composers.
The competition consists of the instrumental categories of piano, strings, and vocal, and takes place in October each year.
The competition is organised by the Society of Polish Culture in Victoria, the Polish Community Council of Australia Inc, and the Polish Community Council of Victoria Inc.
The Friends of Chopin Australia is proud to be a supporter of the PolMusicaA competition.