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Aug 12, 2009

Photo archive from 2003 Hamamatsu Piano Competition - Rafał Blechacz

Photos from 2003 Hamamatsu International Piano Compeititon

taken on November 23, 2003.

I'm not eager in collecting photos of Rafał Blechacz (I'm eager in listening to his music!! )
but some photos are found during the search of his news and
there are readers of this website who say that they are happy when then can see Rafał's photos here.

Final stage

Laureates of 5th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition,
November 23, 2003

Two top prize winners with Hiroko Nakamura, head of the jury
from Alink-Argerich Foundation website
November 23, 2003

From Alink-Argerich Foundation website
November 23, 2003

From Alink-Argerich Foundation website
November 23, 2003

At the opening of 6th Hamamatsu Competition, November 11, 2006

From the 6th Hamamatsu Competition website

Receiving interview with Hiroko Nakamura and Alexander Kobrin, on November 10, 2006

From the 6th Hamamatsu Competition website

From Hamamatsu city's newsletter, 2004
Rafał Blechacz says;

"I'm proud of having won the top prize in the prestigious competition.
I'll tell my friends in Poland about it.
My next target is the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw".


First stage
Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Book2 in F-sharp minor
Haydn Sonata No.52 1st movement
Chopin Scherzo No.1

Second stage
Toshi Ichiyanagi Piano Poem (set piece)
Chopin Etude op10-7
Liszt Concert Etude La Leggerezza
Debussy Etude pour les arpeges
Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Schumann sonata No.2

Third stage
Bach Italian Concerto
Beethoven sonata No.2
Chopin Nocturne op62-1
Chopin Ballad No.3
Szymanowski Variations op3

Final stage
Chopin concerto No.1


The "Devilish Charm" Hidden in Competitions

"…..With the exception of Alexander Kobrin, a top prize-winning contestant in the Chopin Piano Competition, among the six contestants selected as the final prizewinners, there were surprisingly a large number of fresh faces with comparatively little career experience. To add to this, the more authoritative contestants with previous experience of success in large competitions had already been defeated. This is perhaps a revelation of the “devilish charm” of such competitions. Whilst the competition itself built to a crescendo with the outstanding lineup of talent jostling for position, no first place was actually awarded…"

(Hiroko Nakamura, Chairperson of the Judging Committee)

* There were 319 applicants of 47 countries and one region.

100 applicants were qualified for the competition and 83 from 29 countries and one region actually joined.

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