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The 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition

The competition will be held in Katowice, being since 2015 the UNESCO Creative City of Music, in a 5-year cycle. The first edition is scheduled to take place between 10 and 23 September 2018.

The competition, held in a five-year cycle, will be open to artists representing 5 disciplines: piano, violin, voice, string quartet, and composition.


Deadlines for applications:

  • piano – 31.05.2018 r.
  • violin – 31.05.2018 r.
  • string quartet – 31.05.2018 r.
  • voice – 31.05.2018 r.
  • composition – 16.08.2018 r.

The first and second stage of the competition will take place simultaneously in the seat of Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.


Registration of participants and acoustic rehearsals: September 5-9, 2018

1st stage: September 10-12 2018

2nd stage: September 13-15, 2018

3rd stage: September 17-20, 2018

Final gala ceremony: September 23, 2018

A detailed schedule will be given after closing the list of participants.


The competition final, where the soloists will be accompanied by the NOSPR orchestra, and a gala event will be staged in the NOSPR concert hall.


More information about the Competition on the official website