Chopin Piano competition draws int'l talent

The 12th Taipei International Chopin Piano Competition will be held Sept. 7-21 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, drawing talent from around the world to Taiwan’s top piano competition.

The event has been coordinated every year since 1985 by Frederic Chopin Foundation Taipei, which was founded by Mme. Anna Azusa Fujita, pianist and professor, originally from Japan.

This year the event is sponsored by the Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs and Council for Cultural Affairs, as well as several private organizations: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, National Youth Commission, National Cultural Association, National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center.

The contest will have about 100 contestants in each of two categories: youth (8-15) and adult (16-27)

First prize for adults US$20,000 and US$5,000 for youth, and a special prize of US$3,000 for the best performance of a Taiwanese composition.
Applications are due April 1 and require a fee of NT$4,000. Travel grants of US$500 are also available.
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