The 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition

The seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

plac Wojciecha Kilara 1
40-202 Katowice

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The first edition is scheduled to take place between 10 and 23 September 2018. 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.

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.


This initiative is aimed at promoting Polish music abroad and making a wider audience aware of the significance of Karol Szymanowski’s person and work, which constitutes a vital part of the national cultural heritage.

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 pool of prizes in all five disciplines is going to be 287 000 €.

Apart from the main prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in each discipline), special prizes for the best performance of a work by Szymanowski will be awarded in all the disciplines other than composition, and in the disciplines of violin and voice additionally a prize for the best chamber pianist.

The competition is organized by Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and co-organized by: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, City of Katowice, Polish Radio, Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, and Karol Szymanowski Music Society in Zakopane. The event receives funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as City of Katowice.