Chopin Youth Competitions
Chopin Youth Competitions bring together young piano students from different places, backgrounds, upbringing, and ethnic groups united by the same love and language of Chopin’s music. This language that knows no borders is a treasure for all of humanity.
The music of Fryderyk Chopin has an unsurpassed emotional content, and teaches young musicians to express without words what they have in their hearts.
The art and joy of teaching and performing Chopin’s music is the key factor in motivating our committee to organize those competitions and the way of helping young people how to express love, passion and unlimited beauty. We always hope that competitions will serve as a motivation, and not a contest only for the sake of competing, and give recognition to students hard work and talent.
Honorable judges choose the outstanding performances, and we, the organizers, decorate the winners with medals and awards. Since 2003 we use a medal, artistically created by the famous Houston sculptor Pat Moberly Moore, that is a source of great pride for us and a treasure for those who receive them.
The Chopin Youth Competition is held every two years. The next event is scheduled for Fall, 2005.
The Competition is open to students in grades 1-12 and is divided into three age categories:
- Elementary: Grades 1-5
- Junior: Grades 6-8
- Senior: Grades 9-12
Each grade has its own required piece and a maximum time limit. All works must be performed by memory. Only original versions are accepted - no transcriptions, no arrangements.
A panel of intived judges decides the awards to be given.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals are awarded for each category. Honorable mentions and special prizes are also given.
The Chopin Society of Houston
Anna Golka President