5th International Piano Competition "Halina Czerny-Stefańska in memoriam"



The 5th International Piano Competition "Halina Czerny-Stefańska in memoriam" (hereinafter the "Competition") will be held in Poznań on September 18-25, 2022.
The competition is organized by the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań (hereinafter the "Academy" or the "Organizer").


The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born after January 1, 1990.


  1. Applications should be submitted by June 30, 2022, via application form available at europianocomp.eu. Confirmation of payment of the entry fee must be appended to the form.
  2. The entry fee in the amount of 500.00 PLN should be paid to the account:
    Beneficiary: Akademia Muzyczna im. Ignacego Jan Paderewskiego
    Beneficiary address: ul. Św. Marcin 87, 61-808 Poznań, Poland
    Bank name: Santander Bank Polska VI Oddział in Poznań
    Beneficiary Account No.: PL66 1090 1362 0000 0000 3601 7907
    Bank address: Pl. Wolności 15, 60-967 Poznań, Poland
    Please annotate the transfer purpose as: Piano competition
  1. All wire transfer fees are covered by the Contestants. In case a Contestant does not qualify for the main Competition, the entry fee will be refunded.
  2. A committee will verify all applications submitted within the prescribed deadline. Contestants will receive a note of acceptance or rejection by July 1, 2022.
  3. Organizer will appoint the verification committee.
  4. By submitting an application Contestants agree to the provisions stated in the Rules & Regulations. Note of acceptance shall be deemed an agreement between the Organizer and Contestant pertaining to any matters regulated under the Rules.


  1. The Contestants agree to:
    1. transfer to the Organiser all economic copyrights and related rights to any works and artistic performances created during or in connection with the Competition, waiving any future renumeration;
    2. authorise the Organiser to use Contestant’s image (taken by any photographic and recording techniques) recorded in the course of the Competition and the winners' concerts.
  2. The Contestants waive the above-mentioned rights so as to irrevocably allow the Organiser worldwide use of any works and performances created in the course of the Competition in the following areas:
    1. recording,
    2. reproduction by any technological means,
    3. distribution,
    4. uploads to a computer memory, the Internet or other networks,
    5. public performance and reproduction,
    6. exhibitions,
    7. displays and screenings,
    8. rentals,
    9. lease,
    10. media broadcasts by means of wired or wireless technologies by terrestrial or satellite stations,
    11. simultaneous and integrated radio and television broadcasts and rebroadcasts.
  3. The above-mentioned rights may be exercised only for the purposes defined in point 2 subpoint a-k, by any third party - person, company, radio and television stations, and record labels - following a permission by the Organizer.


  1. Contestants agree to cover own costs of travel, board and accommodation.
  2. Organizer will provide practice space at the Academy premises available to all contestants and ensure one rehearsal in the Academy’s concert hall.
  3. Preliminary auditions will be held in the Academy’s concert hall, Aula Nova.


  1. Contestants will register at the Competition Information Desk located in the hall of the Academy’s main building on the day specified in the notice sent by the Organizer.
  2. Contestants who, for compelling and justifiable reasons, fail to arrive on time may be admitted to participate in the audition at the end of the first round, sidestepping the running order, provided the Competition Jury allows it.


  1. Competition Auditions consist of two rounds and the finals, and are open to the public.
  2. The running order of performances will be determined by a draw before the Competition opens and will be binding throughout the duration of the Competition.
  3. The Competition Jury has the right to change the sequence of performances. In justified cases, Contestant may be permitted to perform at the end of the round. Changes in the running order are binding in any following rounds of the Competition.
  4. For each round, the following number of contestants will be qualified:
    • Second Round: no more than 16 contestants (in exceptional circumstances the Jury may admit a larger number of contestants).
    • Third (Final) Round: no more than 6 contestants.


  1. The Repertoire of the Competition includes pieces that must be performed from memory in order specified in the application form. Contestants may specify any order.
  2. First Round The repertoire should last 25-30 minutes and contain the following pieces:

a) one of the following works by F. Chopin:

- Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 3
- Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 2
- Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 1
- Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 2
- Nocturne, Op. 32 No. 2
- Nocturne, Op. 37 No. 2
- Nocturne, Op. 48 No. 1
- Nocturne, Op. 48 No. 2
- Nocturne, Op. 55 No. 2
- Nocturne, Op. 62 No. 1
- Nocturne, Op. 62 No. 2
- Etude, Op. 10 No. 3
- Etude, Op. 10 No. 6
- Etude, Op. 25 No. 7

b) one of the following F. Chopin etudes:

- Op. 10 No.1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
- Op. 25 No.4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12

c) one etude with a distinctive virtuoso character by one of the following composers: F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninov, A. Skriabin, C. Debussy, I. Strawiński, W. Lutosławski, G. Ligeti or B. Bartók.

Note: The etudes must be performed one after the other.

d) a piece (or pieces) of own choice.

  1. Second Round The repertoire should last 40-50 minutes and contain the following pieces:

a) any significant work from the classical or romantic era,

b) one or more works differing in style and period from the compositions listed in point a) above,

c) a piece or works by I. J. Paderewski with a total duration of 8-10 minutes, chosen from the following*:

  • Album de Mai. Scènes romantiques pour Piano op.10
    1. Au soir in A Major
    2. Chant d'amour in G Major
    3. Scherzino in B-flat Major
    4. Barkarola in F-sharp Minor
    5. Caprice-Valse in A-flat Major
  • Humoresques de Concert op.14
    1. Minuet in G Major
    2. Sarabande in B Minor
    3. Caprice (genre Scarlatti) in G Major
    4. Burlesque in F Major
    5. Intermezzo polacco in C Minor
    6. Krakowiak fantastyczny[Cracovienne fantastique] in B Major
  • Miscellanea. Série de morceaux pour piano op.16
    1. Légende in A-flat Major
    2. Mélodie in G-flat Major
    3. Thème variéi Finale in A Major
    4. Nocturne in B-flat Major
    5. Légende in A Major
    6. Un moment musical in A-flat Major
    7. Minuet in A Major
  1. Third Round The repertoire should last 40-50 minutes and may contain any pieces, however, no works from the 1st and 2nd rounds may be repeated.


  1. The Competition Jury will be appointed by the Organizer from among eminent Polish and foreign musicians and piano experts.
  2. The Chairman of the Jury will be elected by secret ballot at the first meeting of the Jury.
  3. The Jury will assess the performance of each Contestant based on the terms accepted by the Jury.
  4. No Member of the Jury will assess their former or current students.


  1. The Jury will award the following statutory prizes:

First Prize:                      40,000 PLN

Second Prize:                  30,000 PLN

Third Prize:                     20,000 PLN

and 3 Distinctions:         5,000 PLN each (the above prizes are subject to tax
deductions in accordance with applicable Polish laws).

  1. The winners of statutory prizes are entitled to the title of Laureate of the 5th International Piano Competition "Halina Czerny-Stefańska in memoriam".
  2. The Jury has the right to change the arrangement and number of prizes, in particular, to decide not to award a given award or distinction, or to award more than one award or distinction within the total prize pool.
  3. Decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable.


  1. Organizer will offer additional prizes in the form of paid concerts at Polish and foreign music institutions.
  2. A full list of prizes will be announced before the start of the Competition.
  3. Prize money will be paid in Polish currency, following the deduction of any pertinent taxes in accordance with applicable Polish laws.
  4. Organizer undertakes to provide the institutions mentioned in point 1 with contact details of the winners by October 31, 2022, so that the founder of the award and the winner may determine the date and conditions of the concert individually, to which Contestants agree by accepting the Rules & Regulations.


  1. All laureates are required to participate in the laureates’ concert organized at the end of the Competition and will not be entitled to any additional renumeration on that account.
  2. The repertoire of the laureates’ concert will be determined by the Competition Jury in agreement with the Laureates.


Any disputes pertaining to the matters regulated by the Rules and Regulations, which may arise in the course of the Competition, will be resolved based on the Polish version of the Rules and Regulations.


*You can find and order the scores of the I. J. Paderewski pieces mentioned above at web page of Polish Music Publishing House.