87 pianists qualified to the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition!


The number of pianists qualified to the main competition by the Jury of the Preliminary includes 22 Chinese, 16 Polish, 14 Japanese, 7 South Korean, 6 Italian piano players as well as pianists from Armenia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Latvia, Russia, Thailand, USA, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Twice postponed due to the pandemic, the Preliminary of the Chopin Competition was held from 12 to 23 July 2021 in the Chamber Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic. More than 500 pianists from all over the world applied to the musical tournament and submitted their recordings. Of their number, 164 were admitted to the Preliminary. Finally, 151 pianists have taken part in the Preliminary, and presented programmes specified in the Rules and Regulations of the Competition to the members of the jury and to the Warsaw audience. The list of participants qualified by the Jury of the Preliminary:

  1. Leonora Armellini, Italy

  2. J J Jun Li Bui, Canada

  3. Michelle Candotti, Italy

  4. Kai-Min Chang, Chinese Taipei

  5. Junhui Chen, China

  6. Xuehong Chen, China

  7. Zixi Chen, China

  8. Hyounglok Choi, South Korea

  9. Federico Gad Crema, Italy

  10. Aleksandra H. Dąbek, Poland

  11. Alberto Ferro, Italy

  12. Yasuko Furumi, Japan

  13. Alexander Gadjiev, Italy/Slovenia

  14. Martin Garcia Garcia, Spain

  15. Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia

  16. Jorge Gonzalez Buajasan, Cuba

  17. Joanna Goranko, Poland

  18. Chelsea Guo, U.S.A.

  19. Eric Guo, Canada

  20. Saaya Hara, Japan

  21. Yifan Hou, China

  22. Wei-Ting Hsieh, Chinese Taipei

  23. Kaoruko Igarashi, Japan

  24. Riko Imai, Japan

  25. Junichi Ito, Japan

  26. Asaki Iwai, Japan

  27. San Jittakarn, Thailand

  28. Jooyeon Ka, South Korea

  29. Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia

  30. Su Yeon Kim, South Korea

  31. Aimi Kobayashi, Japan

  32. Mateusz Krzyżowski, Poland

  33. Jakub Kuszlik, Poland

  34. Shushi Kyomasu, Japan

  35. Hyuk Lee, South Korea

  36. Jaeyoon Lee, South Korea

  37. Xiaoxuan Li, China

  38. Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, Canada

  39. Julia Łozowska, Poland

  40. Xuanyi Mao, China

  41. Tomasz Marut, Poland

  42. Yupeng Mei, China

  43. Arsenii Mun, Russia

  44. Viet Trung Nguyen, Vietnam/Poland

  45. Georgijs Osokins, Latvia

  46. Jinhyung Park, South Korea

  47. Yeon-Min Park, South Korea

  48. Jiana Peng, China

  49. Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy

  50. Zuzanna Pietrzak, Poland

  51. Hao Rao, China

  52. Yangyang Ruan, China

  53. Sohgo Sawada, Japan

  54. Aristo Sham, China, Hong Kong

  55. Miyu Shindo, Japan

  56. Talon Smith, U.S.A.

  57. Kyohei Sorita, Japan

  58. Szuyu Su, Chinese Taipei

  59. Hayato Sumino, Japan

  60. Aleksandra Świgut, Poland

  61. Rikono Takeda, Japan

  62. Shun Shun Tie, China

  63. Sarah Tuan, U.S.A.

  64. Chao Wang, China

  65. Zitong Wang, China

  66. Zijian Wei, China

  67. Marcin Wieczorek, Poland

  68. Andrzej Wierciński, Poland

  69. Victoria Wong, Canada

  70. Yuchong Wu, China

  71. Lingfei (Stephan) Xie, Canada/China

  72. Zi Xu, China

  73. Yuanfan Yang, United Kingdom

  74. Anastasia Yasko, Russia

  75. Andrey Zenin, Russia

  76. Boao Zhang, China

  77. Yilan Zhao, China

  78. Ziji Zhao, China

Additionally, nine pianists have qualified to the Chopin Competition bypassing the Preliminary by winning major piano competitions:

  1. Piotr Alexewicz, Poland (1 award, All Polish Piano Competition 2020, Warsaw)

  2. Avery Gagliano, U.S.A. (1 award, Miami 2020)

  3. Adam Kałduński, Poland (1 award, Beijing 2019 and 2 award All Polish Piano Competition 2020, Warsaw)

  4. Szymon Nehring, Poland (2 award, Tel-Aviv, 2017)

  5. Evren Ozel, U.S.A. (2 award, Miami 2020)

  6. Kamil Pacholec, Poland (2 award, Bydgoszcz, 2019)

  7. Piotr Pawlak, Poland (1 award, Darmstadt 2017 and 2 award All Polish Competition, Warsaw 2020)

  8. Yutong Sun, China (2 award, Santander 2018)

  9. Tomoharu Ushida, Japan (2 award, Hamamatsu 2018)

The Polish Chopin Institute, organiser of the Chopin Competition, informs that this year’s preliminary has enjoyed record popularity among music lovers and web surfers. Despite the pandemic, the tickets to nearly all the auditions of the Preliminary sold out long ago, while the online transmissions boast more than 4 million views so far. People from all over the world have accompanied the contenders online, and have watched the videos for over 700,000 hours, which corresponds to nearly 80 years of continuous watching.

The official inauguration of the Chopin Competition is slated for 2 October and will take place at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. The auditions will commence on 3 and end on 20 October. The crowning of the event will be the Grand Awards Gala with a concert by the winners, which will take place on 21 October at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. The winner of the competition will receive the Gold Medal and the First Prize of €40,000.


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