Jeune Chopin International Piano Competition for Children and Youth Lugano, Switzerland 2 - 5 I 2023
Jeune Chopin International Piano Competition for Children and Youth Lugano, Switzerland 2 - 5 I 2023
Jeune Chopin International Piano Competition for Children and Youth Lugano, Switzerland 2 - 5 I 2023

The Frédéric Chopin Institute in Switzerland is organizing the third edition of the International Young Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, which will be held in Lugano (Switzerland), in the Auditorio Stelio Molo from 2nd to 5th of January 2023. Martha Argerich will preside over the third edition which will be dedicated to the memory and interpretational genius of Nelson Freire. For two intensive days, young interpreters will be presenting their virtuosic craftsmanship at Lugano’s renowned Auditorio Stelio Molo in front of eyes of the jury members. The aim of International Piano Competition Jeune Chopin is to re-discover the music of Frédéric Chopin by young performers from all over the world and present themselves in a front of the greatest, globally-renowned Chopin interpreters, who have been and still are invited to judge at the great Frederic Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. Our competition aims to become a certain bridge leading young interpreters into the stunning yet extremely demanding polish competition. We are honored to have received patronage from Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw and Martha Argerich.

Magdalena Hirsz // director of the competition
President of Chopin Institute in Switzerland


Martha Argerich

Leonora Armellini

Martín García García

Alexander Reitenbach

Magdalena Hirsz

Olivier Cazal

When & Where

The competition will be officially inaugurated on the 2nd of January 2023 in the Auditorio Stelio Molo by Martha Argerich and other members of the jury. Young interpreters will be presenting their virtuosic craft from the 2nd to the 5th of January in the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano surrounded by beautiful landscapes of the Lugano Prealps and Lake Lugano.

For many years, Lugano has been home of Progetto Martha Argerich, a unique cultural platform, which has created possibility for renowned artists, virtuoso-instrumentalists from around the globe to cooperate, share their knowledge, craft and artistic visions. That has resulted in unique interpretations being born and outstanding collective artistic output recorded for EMI/Universal. Martha Argerich’s initiative has shaped the importance of Lugano on the cultural map of the world. We are deeply honoured to hold the IIIrd edition of Jeune Chopin there, in Lugano, under Martha Argerich’s patronage and with her guidance.

Frédéric Chopin loved bel canto above all forms of operatic vocal expression. His work, his compositions convey that very technique. We hope that by being so close to Italy, the spirits of legendary bel canto interpreters will aid young artists in discovering the most-cherished interpretational techniques of Chopin, required to perform his works faithfully.


On the 2nd of January, the drama, romanticism and outstandingly excelled piano craft will meet together in the Auditorio Stelio Molo. More details will be announced soon.