The 4th International Piano Competition ”Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam” will be held in Poznań on 17th - 24th September 2017.


The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 1st January, 1987.


Applications should be submitted by July 15  July 22 2017, on the application form available at, the record of payment of the entrance fee must be attached to the application form.


Entrance fee of 400 polish zlotys (PLN) should be paid into:


Akademia Muzyczna im. Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego ul. Święty Marcin 87 61-808 Poznań BZ WBK S.A. VI o/Poznań 66 1090 1362 0000 0000 3601 7907 SWIFT: WBKPPLPP Adres banku: 60-967 Poznań, Pl. Wolności 15

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PL 66 1090 1362 0000 0000 3601 7907 

 Entrance fee is non-refundable. All the costs of the entrance fee money transfer should be covered by the applicant.


All the applications submitted by the deadline will be verified. A candidate will be notified of the acceptance or rejection by 1st August, 2017.


The verification will be carried out by the committee called by the Organizers.


Application for the Competition constitutes the acceptance of the present Rules. The acceptance notification shall be deemed an agreement between the Organizers and a candidate in matters agreed under the present Rules.


The Contestants shall gratuitously transfer to the Organisers their author proprietary rights to:

  • their performances during the Competition,
  • their performances during the Gala Winners’ Concert,
  • their image recorded by means of any photographic and recording techniques during the Competition and Gala Winners’ Concert.


The Contestants shall transfer to the Organizers the said temporally and territorially unlimited rights, and the Organizers may use them in the following exploitation fields:

  1. recording,
  2. reproduction using any technique,
  3. marketing,
  4. storing on the Internet, computer or any other device memory,
  5. public rebroadcast and performance,
  6. displaying,
  7. screening,
  8. rental,
  9. lease,
  10. cable or wireless audio or video broadcast by terrestrial or satellite stations,
  11. simultaneous and integral radio and television broadcast and rebroadcast.

The said rights shall be exploited by persons, companies, radio and TV stations and record companies with the Organizers’ consent.


The costs of travelling, accommodation and board will be covered by the Contestants.

The Organizers will make practice classrooms at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań available to all Contestants, and ensure a rehearsal in the concert hall.

Competition Auditions will be held in Aula Nova at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.


The Contestants shall register at the Competition information desk located in the hall of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań on the day specified in the notice sent by the Competition Organizers.


Should any Contestant arrive late for important reasons, they may be audited at the end of the 1st round by decision of the Jury Chair.


The Competition Auditions consist of two rounds and the final, and are open to public.


The order of the Contestants’ performances will be drawn before the opening of the Competition and will remain binding throughout the Competition.


The Jury Chair enjoys the right to change the sequence of performances. In justified cases a Contestant may be permitted to perform at the end of the round.


The following number of contestants will be qualified:

  • to the 2nd round: no more than 24 participants,
  • to the 3rd round –  final: no more than 6 participants.


The Competition Programme includes the following pieces which must be performed from memory in the order listed in the application. The pieces chosen by the Contestant may be presented in any order.


1st round

The programme of the 1st round should not exceed 25 minutes.


Chopin: one of the following Nocturnes: Op. 9 No. 3, Op. 15 No. 2, Op. 27 No.1, Op. 27 No. 2, Op. 32 No.2, Op. 37 No. 2, Op. 48 No.1, Op. 48 No. 2, Op. 55 No.2, Op. 62 No. 1, Op. 62 No. 2.


Chopin: one of the following Études: op.10 No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, op.25 No. 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12.


One virtuoso étude by one of the following composers: F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninov, A. Skriabin, C. Debussy, I. Stravinsky, W. Lutosławski, G. Ligeti, B. Bartók.


One piece of a Contestant’s choice (max. 10 minutes).


Notice: The études should be played in sequence.

2nd round

The programme of the 2nd round should last 30-40 minutes.

One important work of a Contestant’s choice (classic or romantic period).


One or more pieces that differ from the piece mentioned in point 1 above in terms of style and period.

3rd round – the final

The programme of the 3rd round (final) should last 40-50 minutes.

A free choice programme that should not include pieces chosen in the 1st and 2nd round.


The Jury appointed by the Organizers consists of highly acclaimed Polish and foreign musicians and piano experts.


The Jury shall assess the performance of each Contestant on the basis of the Rules accepted by the Jury.


Jurors shall not assess the Contestants who have been their students.


The following statutory prizes will be awarded:

  • First Prize: 25 000 PLN,
  • Second Prize: 15 000 PLN,
  • Third Prize: 10 000 PLN,
  • 3 honorable mentions: 2 000 PLN each,

(the above prizes are subject to taxation according to the Polish law).


The main prize winners will receive the title of Laureate of the 4th International Piano Competition “Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam”.


The Jury reserves the right to change the number and classification of prizes.


The decisions of the Jury are final, irrevocable and non-claimable.


The Organizers may decide to award non-statutory prizes: paid concerts at Polish and foreign music institutions.


The full list of prizes will be announced before the Competition.


Money prizes will be paid in Polish zlotys in the amount due after taxation according to the Polish law.


The Organizers shall provide the institutions mentioned in point 1 above with winners’ addresses by 31st October 2017, in order for the terms and conditions of the concerts to be agreed upon between a prize founder and a winner.


All laureates shall perform at the Gala Winners’ Concert without any remuneration.


The Programme of the Gala Winners’ Concert will be decided by the Jury after consulting the Contestants.


Between the auditions of the 2nd and 3rd rounds, all the participants of the 2nd round who will not qualify to the 3rd round (final) will be entitled to participate in masterclasses taught by Jurors delegated by the Organizers at no charge.


In the event of any doubt the Polish language version of the present Regulations shall prevail.