The coronavirus pandemic has forced the organisers of the 18th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition to postpone the event until 2021.
The decision was announced on May 4 by the competition's spokesperson Andrzej Laskowski.
The competition, which takes place in Poland, the home country of Frederic Chopin, is ranked among the world’s most prestigious piano competitions and has been taking place since 1927.
Since 1955, the competition has been held every 5 years. The pianists only perform pieces composed by the Polish virtuoso and go through several knockout-stages in front of a jury made up by other pianists before a winner is crowned.
The competition is viewed as a great opportunity by talented pianists, as history proves that a gold medal usually leads to contracts signed for subsequent performances in the world’s most renowned concert halls.
The competition’s spokesperson stated that the decision to postpone the competition was made by Poland's Minister of Culture, Piotr Gliński. The spokesperson confirmed that the list of competitors will remain unchanged. More information about next year’s competition will be announced on May 14.