Polish Embassy held an award ceremony to honour the winners of the 6th Gulf International Chopin Competition, organised by the Kuwait Music Academy, under the patronage of the Polish Embassy in Kuwait.

The competition attracted 140 applications from Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – Dubai. The applicants represent over thirty nationalities. All the presented recordings were accepted in accordance with the regulations of the competition.

Speaking on the occasion Polish ambassador H E Pawel Lechowicz  said “It is my great pleasure to represent the authorities of the Republic of Poland at the 6th International Chopin Competition of the Gulf States.

“Last 2020, we celebrated the 210th anniversary of the birth of the greatest Polish composer of classical music. Also called “the poet of the piano”, Fryderyk Chopin was one of the most famous pianists of the Romantic era. As a composer and performer, he possessed an extraordinary facility for improvising harmonious pieces and exceptional melodic inventiveness,” ambassador Pawel added

He further elaborated “This makes me all the more honoured to be able to patronise a competition organised in such difficult conditions and at such a demanding time. Despite the fact that it was impossible to hear the works presented live, the fact that so many participants wished to take part in the competition fills me with great pride.”

Kuwait Music Academy’s objective is to encourage and develop the musical skills and education of the youth in Kuwait and Across Gulf Countries. They seek to cooperate with all music schools, instrument music teachers, music lovers and musicians in the countries to benefit of the young generation of musicians.

First Gulf International Chopin Competition had been organized in December 1999.

18th Chopin Competition

The Chopin Competition is the most important musical event in Poland and one of the most important musical events in the world. Apart from its huge role in popularising Chopin’s music, it discovers the greatest pianistic talents, providing young musicians with the most effective start in their international career. It is a source of multicultural polarisation, which the world observes in various interpretations of the music of the brilliant composer.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 18th Chopin Competition has been moved to 2021. The Competition will take place at the Warsaw Philharmonic from 2 to 23 October 2021.

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