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Grand opening of International Youth Piano Competition

The second Beijing Chopin International Youth Piano Competition hosted by the Central Conservatory of Music was grandly opened on the evening of October 19, 2019, in the Opera Concert Hall of the Central Conservatory of Music.

The Beijing Chopin International Youth Piano Competition is officially authorized by the Polish Chopin Academy to be held in China. Its competition rules, repertoire requirements, and a jury composed of top international pianists and educators are all in the same line as the Warsaw Chopin International Piano Competition.

The level of the world piano competition is held every three years in Beijing. The first winner of each category can directly participate in the preliminary competition of the next Warsaw Chopin International Piano Competition.

The competition aims to build a world music and art platform that transcends countries and continents and selects the most outstanding young pianists.

In June 2016, witnessed by President Xi Jinping and Polish leaders, the competition was officially included in the cultural cooperation protocol signed by the governments of China and Poland, marking the Beijing Chopin International Youth Piano Competition settled in Beijing.

Following the success of the first competition held by the Central Conservatory of Music in October 2016, this piano competition, officially recognized by the "Xiaosai" in Warsaw, Poland and named after "Chopin", was held again as scheduled.

The first winners of the two categories of the competition will directly participate in the preliminary round of the 18th Warsaw Chopin International Competition in October 2020. Professor Yu Feng.

The dean of the Central Conservatory of Music and a famous conductor served as the chairman and artistic director of the competition organizing committee, the executive director Professor Wu Ying, and the tournament director Professor Wei Danwen.

The opening ceremony was first addressed by Yu Feng, the chairman of the organizing committee and artistic director of the competition, and the dean of the Central Conservatory of Music.

He was very pleased that the second Beijing Chopin International Youth Piano Competition was held as scheduled at the Central Conservatory of Music.

The competition will have a positive and far-reaching impact on the promotion of the youth and the public cultural and artistic accomplishments and the promotion of cultural exchanges in our country. He thanked all walks of life for their attention and support to this event and wished all contestants an outstanding performance and success!

 

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Afterward, Wojciech Zajaczkowski, the ambassador of the Republic of Poland to China, delivered a passionate speech: We are here today with our love for Chopin's music.

The Chinese people are full of understanding and love for the music of the Polish composer. This competition was held in China and I was very moved. 2019 coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and China.

Seventy years of ups and downs along the way, Chopin's music has always accompanied us and united the people of the two countries. He wished the young pianists good results.

 

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Finally, Catalina Popova-Zidron, Chairman of the Jury of the Warsaw Chopin International Piano Competition and Chairman of the Jury of this competition, delivered a speech.

She extended a warm welcome to the players from all over the world and hoped that the players would enjoy the game to the fullest, not caring about the results and results of the game, and give full play to their level.

 

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The opening concert invited the silver medalist of the 16th Chopin International Piano Competition, the famous Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder (Ingolf Wunder) and the famous Polish pianist, the judge of this competition Peter Palezine (Piotr Paleczny) acted as a soloist.

Respectively performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor. The concert was performed by the Central Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. The director of the Central Conservatory of Music and the famous conductor Chen Lin acted as conductor.

The concert hall was full, and the audience enjoyed Chopin's beautiful music and wonderful performances brought by the musicians.

 

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Zhao Min, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Central Conservatory of Music, Xiao Xuejun, Deputy Dean, Liu Chunmei, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Ma Zhiwei, Director of the Cultural Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in China.

All members of the jury of this competition, as well as pianists, students, and conservatories from all over the country Music lovers attended the opening ceremony.

The competition is divided into a junior group and a youth group, consisting of preliminary, semi-final, and finals. The competition has high specifications and a high level of players.

A total of 121 players from 17 countries and regions have signed up to participate in the competition.

After careful selection by the judges of the qualifiers, 66 from 15 countries and regions including Australia, Poland, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Canada, Czech Republic, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Italy, the United Kingdom, China and Taiwan, China Players are selected for the preliminary round and the fierce competition will officially start on the 20th. After commissioning and selection by the organizing committee.

"Sinan·Looking for Dreams" and "Snow Songs" created by Liu Yuhui and Zhao Zeming from the Composition Department of the Central Conservatory of Music stood out and became the Chinese repertoire designated by the Youth Group and the Junior Group. Published by Academy Press.

Through the performance of original piano works with Chinese style by pianists participating in the competition, our country's outstanding and contemporary "Chinese style" music culture can truly enter the international music stage.

The lineup of judges for this competition is very strong. The chairman of the jury is Ms. Catarina Popova-Zidron, chairman of the jury of the 18th Warsaw Chopin International Piano Competition, Peter Palezine (Poland), Tina. Jofi (Israel), Deng Taishan (Vietnam), Eva Bobloska (Poland), Dmitry Alexeev (Russia), Gizano Philip (France), Dan Zhaoyi (China) ) And Wu Ying (China) and other internationally renowned musicians served as judges.

The activities during the competition are rich and colorful, and the judges will hold master classes and concerts to bring beautiful music enjoyment to the audience.

The Polish Embassy in China will hold an exhibition about the life of the famous Polish composer and conductor Moniuszko. On October 29th, the Polish Chopin Academy will hold the only press conference and promotion concert of the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition in China at the Central Conservatory of Music.

In addition, to further promote the development of Chopin's music and art in China, the "China Chopin's Music and Art Research Center" will hold a grand opening ceremony at the Central Conservatory of Music. In the future, the "research center" will become the most important Chopin music and art in China and even in Asia. An authoritative academic institution.

The competition has received strong support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Education, as well as the support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the Polish Embassy in China, and the Polish Chopin Academy.

Shenzhen TCL Charity Foundation, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Education Foundation, Warsaw Chopin University of Music in Poland, Mickiewicz Academy, and KGHM in Poland will sponsor some of the awards. Domestic institutions such as Le Dongfang (Beijing) Culture and Art Co., Ltd. and Zhongyin (Beijing) Asset Management Co., Ltd. have given great assistance.

 

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