"For me, the possibility of rewatching the performances multiple times is a great advantage of the online formula (…). It allows you to to put an end
to any potential doubts".
- Krzysztof Jabłoński
In these difficult times, when all music competitions are being cancelled, we are already working on the next edition of the International Cochran Piano Competition, making it our top priority to continuously offer you an opportunity to focus on your professional, artistic and personal development.
We are delighted to announce the jubilee 5th edition!
The International Cochran Piano Competition was created in 2014 as the first entirely online piano competition in the world by Jakub Fiebig, founder of the Warsaw-based Julian Cochran Foundation, and was inspired by the music of Julian Cochran – Australian composer. So far, four editions have taken place, in which 400 pianists from all over the world participated. Its unique formula allows participants to submit recordings of their performances digitally, with no travelling required. The repertoire has to consist of both Julian Cochran’s music and pieces of free choice. The performances are evaluated by the Jury consisting of prominent, award-winning musicians who do not communicate between one another – so far, these have included Yejin Gil, Stuart Isacoff, Roberto Prosseda, Jacob Shaw, Gil Sullivan, Krzysztof Jabłoński, and Kevin Kenner. Moreover, not only do they assign scores, but they also provide written feedback for every participant, as one of the core assumptions of the Competition is to provide the contestants with an opportunity to develop. Each participant is also offered a Skype conversation with the Jury member of their choice. As the Competition is supposed to be accessible for everyone, there is no upper age limit. The recently finished 2019 edition has brought some significant changes. Apart from awarding the Yamaha Grand Piano GB1 as the main prize, it introduces the Warsaw Residency Award: a fully funded residency in Warsaw for the four Laureates, i.e. participants who have received the highest scores. The event is planned for a whole week and involves workshops, photo shoots, mentoring sessions, and a special Gala concert, among others.
Grand piano as the main prize