The International WroClavile Piano Competition
is a unique cultural event on the national and European scale. There is no other place in Poland, where amateur pianists - all those who are not students or graduates from music schools or conservatories in the piano classes, could confront their skills at the national and international level. The participants of the competition are amateurs in the strict sense of the term - they are people who have not completed long-term, formalized piano studies, and have never worked as professional musicians. The only reason for them to play the piano is passion for the instrument and classical music in general. These pianists, despite not having studied at musical conservatories, achieve a high level of mastery, far beyond the repertoire of typical music centers. The WroClavile Competition does not introduce any age restrictions – the participants can be teenagers, as well as non-musician adults.
One of the ideas that accompanied the creation of the WroClavile Competition was to create a space where amateur pianists could present their skills to a wider audience, compete them with similar enthusiasts from around the world, and above all - get to know each other, make friends and share their joy. Thanks to the existence of the WroClavile Competition, amateur pianists have gained an important motivation to continue playing the instrument, to keep improving their skills constantly, and to share the beauty of piano music with others, giving concerts to a wider audience. Above all, we would like the WroClavile Competition to become a unique event for the participants themselves.
An equally important role of the WroClavile Competition is to promote the Polish musical culture in the country and abroad. Since the very beginning, all participants of the finals have had to perform one piece by Polish composer of their choice. We particularly care to discover and propagate the work of somewhat forgotten composers, rarely performed outside Poland, such as Feliks Nowowiejski, Ignacy Dobrzyński or Alfons Szczerbiński.
We would also like the WroClavile Competition to be an incentive for people of all ages to start learning to play the piano, whether at music or cultural centers or in a less organized way - through individual piano lessons or even self-teaching. Finally, we try to draw the attention of professional musicians and music critics to the fact that there are great amateur pianists out there- music enthusiasts who, despite the lack of formal education, communicate inner beauty on a professional level. Thanks to their passion, classical music reaches places where it is usually not present – high schools, universities, offices or factories.
Due to the growing interest in our Competition, in the fifth edition we are introducing the preliminary auditions, which will be carried out in autumn and winter in three countries: Poland (Wrocław and Wieliszew near Warsaw), Germany (Erkelenz) and Sweden (Stockholm). In the preliminaries participants have to perform one piece of any composer that best demonstrate the participant's skills to the Jury. In terms of technical and musical difficulties, this composition should be at the intermediate level. Participants who will qualify for the finals will be challenged with preparing a fifteen-minute recital consisting of three stylistically diverse compositions. The WroClavile Competition finals are open to the public, and can also be followed via the Internet, as all performances are broadcast.
The Organizer of the WroClavile Competition is the Lower Silesian Music Society - a non-governmental organization in Wrocław. The DTM Society, existing continuously in Wrocław since 1945, aims to promote high musical culture in Lower Silesia. It accomplishes its mission by organizing concerts, workshops and music festivals, running fifteen musical and artistic centers for gifted children and youth in the region; as part of it, there is the Youth Musical Academy and several school brass bands.