Od strony organizacyjnej konkurs przebiega wzorcowo. Zarówno piękna sala, w której odbywają się przesłuchania, jak i znakomicie przygotowany instrument Steinway’a pozwalają pianistom na pokazanie w pełni swoich umiejętności wykonawczych. Należy oczekiwać stojących na najwyższym poziomie występów zakwalifikowanej do finału siódemki pianistów. Wybór zwycięzcy, przy tak wyrónanym i bardzo wysokim poziomie nie będzie z pewnością należał do najłatwiejszych.
Już dziś można uznać Konkurs im. I. J. Paderewskiego za bardzo duży sukces artystyczny i organizacyjny.
The Competition is well organized and has been run very smoothly, with a very intimate atmosphere, as though each competitor is giving a recital rather than competing. I’ve enjoyed working with the organization and the judges, many of whom are well known musicians, and who I’ve worked with and known for many years.
The competition is of a remarkably high level, totally comparable with the most established competitions in the world.
The level of playing in the Competition is extremely high. In the finals we have not only pianists of the highest caliber but more importantly, interesting, and different artistic personalities. This is a world class event.
___________________________[Translation in progress] Wyraznie odczuwam, ze oprocz wysokiej klasy artystycznego wydarzenia uczestnicze w duchowym i muzycznym odrodzeniu wielowymiarowej postaci Paderewskiego, jako kompozytora, slynnego pianisty, filantropa i osobowosci politycznej zaangazowanej w pokojowy proces odrodzenia narodowego; ze konkurs ten przynosi publicznosci, mediom i mlodemu pokoleniu pianistow odczuwalny powrot do wartosci polskich i uniwersalnych, ktorymi Paderewski zapisal sie w Historii.
W ten sposob nasz Konkurs spelnia coraz wyrazniej jedno ze swoich konstytucyjnych zalozen : przywrocenia, bezposrednio poprzez muzyke, postaci Paderewskiego obecnemu pokoleniu w Ameryce i w swiecie.
The 2013 Paderewski International Piano Competition attracted many world class pianists. This created a stimulating experience for both the audience and competitors and speaks well for the growing prestige of the event. Winners received valuable cash prizes and, more importantly, future performance opportunities and exposure. Even those who did not win profited by competing at such a high level.
One of the most interesting aspects of the competition was the variety of repertoire. Besides the required piece by Paderewski, pianists were free to select music that best represented their personalities.
It was particularly gratifying to hear the virtuosic recital by Piotr Kosinski, whose artistic growth was evident since he won first prize in 2010.
The master class by Adam Wibrowski and Li Kum Sing allowed listeners to observe the interpretive process from different points of view.
The success of the competition resulted from the dedication and impressive organizing skills of many individuals, especially the Board of Directors and president Christopher Onzol.
A brilliant awards ceremony, including short recitals by the three winners, concluded an exciting week, followed by a lavish reception for the entire audience.
Dr. Charles Fierro
Professor Emeritus of Piano, California State University, Northridge
I would like to congratulate you on a successful completion of the Second American Paderewski Piano Competition! I was absolutely amazed at the level of professionalism of all the pianists who made it to the final round. It was astonishing! Every single one of them deserved to be noticed. Some had more musicality and expression than the others, but their technical qualities surpassed my expectations.
My favorite pianist didn’t win, but that’s the unpredictable nature of competitions and the fact that we all have our differences in opinions.
I talked to many people in the audience and I can tell you that everyone was amazed at the quality of this competition and the high level of performances.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the hall quite full on Saturday.
Once again, thank you for everything, I think you did a superb job organizing the competition, it was the best-organized competition I entered so far. The fact that it was at the Colburn School made everything very convenient (accommodation, practicing, etc.)
Peter Toth, First Prize Winner
Once again, thank you so much for organizing the competition. It was a wonderfully enriching experience. I hope to see you and work with you again in the future.
Christine Wu, Best American Pianist in the Final Round of the APPC 2013
The competition was absolutely first class and a wonderful experience to attend. The friends and family I brought with me were amazed to discover such a gem of culture and music in our community. I’m very much looking forward to future events and, of course, the next competition. Many thanks to the Paderewski Music Society for its hard work in bringing this great event to Los Angeles and best wishes to the competitors and winners of the 2013 APPC-LA competition.