XV Competition (2005)
Time: 2 – 24 October 2005
Description of the Competition The Competition was preceded by a Preliminary Round held 23-29 September 2005 simultaneously in the Fryderyk Chopin Academy and in the Palace of Culture and Science. The main Competition was held from October 2nd to the 24th, 2005, in the National Philharmonic.
257 pianists from 35 countries, including 47 from Poland, entered in the Preliminary Round. 80 candidates, representing 19 countries, qualified for the main Competition. In their number were 20 Polish pianists.
The Preliminary Round Jury comprised 20 members (all Polish). The Competition Jury consisted of 19 persons, including 8 Polish Jurors.
The Preliminary Round used a system of points awarded for each performance on a scale of 1 to100. At the end of the Preliminary Round the Jury received an anonymous list of average scores of the candidates arranged from the highest to the lowest. Selected for the main Competition were 80 candidates with the highest scores. Their names were published in alphabetical order. Jurors did not assess their students. The final average was calculated by correcting the numbers of awarded points which deferred from the first average by 10 or more points according to the algorithm specified in the Rules of the Preliminary Round Jury.
The assessment system of the main Competition was based on the YES / NO votes expressing the Jurors’ opinions on whether a participant should be passed into the next stage. The Jurors also assessed each performance by awarding points on a scale of 1 to 100. The average score was calculated through corrections, just like in the Preliminary Round. The margins used were 10, 7, 5, 1 for Stage 1 and 2 and for two consecutive ratings in the Final respectively (the first rating selected the six prize-winners, the second used a 1-to-6 scale to allocate places, e.g. 4 points equalled fourth place). In the second rating procedure the Jurors did not employ the YES / NO system.
During discussions the Jurors made decisions by a show of hands, without knowing the pianists’ names, taking into account the number of the YES votes. Only in case of doubt whether a participant should be passed the average score was disclosed.
Prize I - Rafał Blechacz (Poland)
Prize II - Not Awarded
Prize III - Dong Hyek Lim (South Korea)
Prize III - Dong Min Lim (South Korea)
Prize IV - Takashi Yamamoto (Japan)
Prize IV - Shohei Sekimoto (Japonia)
Prize V - Not Awarded
Prize VI - Ka Ling Colleen Lee (China) (Hong-Kong)