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The International Chopin Piano Competition – a piano competition held in Warsaw in Poland

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

The International Chopin Piano Competition also known by the name Chopin Competition, is a piano competition that is held in Warsaw in Poland.

Overview of The International Chopin Piano Competition

• It started in 1927.
• This competition has been held every five years since 1955.
• It is one of few competitions which devotes to the works of a single composer.
• The first competition was founded by the Polish pianist and pedagogue Jerzy Zurawlew.
• Subsequent editions were organised in 1932 and 1937
• The fourth and fifth editions were held in 1949 and 1955.
• The competition became one of the founding members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva in 1957.

Traditional special awards include:
• The Polish Radio prize for the best Mazurka performance (since 1927).
• The Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw prize for the best Polonaise (since 1960).
• The National Philharmonic prize for the best performance of a Piano Concerto (since 1980).

Jury of The International Chopin Piano Competition

Past members of the jury have included:
• Martha Argerich
• Vladimir Ashkenazy
• Stefan Askenase
• Wilhelm Backhaus
• Paul Badura-Skoda
• Nadia Boulanger
• Dang Thai Son
• Bella Davidovich
• Philippe Entremont
• Fou Ts’ong
• Nelson Freire
• Vera Gornostayeva
• Arthur Hedley
• Mieczyslaw Horszowski
• Vladimir Krainev
• Marguerite Long
• Lazare Levy
• Nikita Magaloff
• Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
• Heinrich Neuhaus
• Vlado Perlemuter
• Maurice Ravel
• Arthur Rubinstein
• Emil von Sauer
• Magda Tagliaferro

Chairman of The International Chopin Piano Competition

• Jan Ekier (2010)
Traditionally the chairman of the board is a Polish musician:
• Witold Maliszewski, composer (1927)
• Adam Wieniawski, composer (1932 and 1937)
• Zbigniew Drzewiecki, pianist and teacher (1949, 1955, 1960, 1965)
• Kazimierz Sikorski, composer and theoretician (1970 and 1975)
• Kazimierz Kord, conductor (1980)
• Jan Ekier, pianist and teacher (1985, 1990, 1995)
• Andrzej Jasinski, pianist and teacher (2000, 2005, 2010)
• Arthur Rubinstein and Jan Ekier have also acted as honorary chairman.

Prize Winners
– Year I: 1927
• 1st: Lev Oborin
• 2nd: Stanislaw Szpinalski
• 3rd: Roza Etkin
• 4th: Grigory Ginzburg

– Year: XIV: 2000
• 1st: Yundi Li
• 2nd: Ingrid Fliter
• 3rd: Alexander Kobrin
• 4th: Sa Chen
• 5th: Alberto Nosè
• 6th: Mika Sato

– Year XVI: 2010
• 1st: Yulianna Avdeeva
• 2nd: Lukas Geniušas
• 3rd: Ingolf Wunder(ex-a.)
• 4th: Daniil Trifonov
• 5th: Evgeni Bozhanov
• 6th: François Dumont

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at konkurs.chopin.pl
blogs at ranker.com
blogs at ddg.art.pl

Images and photos of Poland

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at ranker.com
images at ddg.art.pl

Videos of Poland

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