The 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments

The 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments - the inaugural edition of the International Chopin Competition in the piano class, which was held on September 2–14, 2018 in Warsaw on period instruments, organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.[1]

The 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments
Awarded forClassical music
Date2-14 of September 2018
LocationNational Philharmonic in Warsaw
CountryWarsaw, Poland
Hosted byFryderyk Chopin Institute

30 pianists from 9 countries were invited to participate in the competition. The auditions were divided into two stages, which took place on September 4–6 and September 8–10, and the final concerts lasted from September 12–13. The competition was won by Tomasz Ritter from Poland.[2] The competition ended on September 14 the winners' concert.

Period piano instruments

The idea of the competition is to perform Chopin’s music on instruments it was composed for. Pianists could choose the piano they played during the competition from among five instruments selected by the jury. The Érard 1837 piano, which was chosen by 21 pianists, then followed by Pleyel 1842 - 19 pianists, the 1826 Buchholtz copy - 13 pianists and the 1819 Graf copy - 3 pianists (both by Paul McNulty),[3] John Broadwood & Sons - 10 pianists. Unlike the International Chopin Piano Competition on contemporary instruments, the pianist could perform individual pieces on various instruments (maximum of three).


  1. "About the competition". Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  2. Moran, Michael. "A Different Virtuosity From the Reviewer's Notepad". Michael Moran. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  3. Moran, Michael (2018-01-31). "1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. 2–14 September 2018". Classical Music Festivals and Competitions in Poland and Germany - with occasional unrelated detours. Retrieved 2021-06-19.