National Chopin Competition ups 2015 top prize to $75,000

The US National Chopin Foundation has announced it has raised the top prize for the 2015 National Chopin Competition to $75,000, in a bid to encourage the best American pianists to apply.

The winner of the National Chopin Competition will advance to the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, and be booked for concert engagements in the US and internationally.

The second prize will be $35,000, also including acceptance to the international competition. Third prize is $20,000; fourth prize $10,000; fifth prize $5,0000; sixth prize $4,000. All finalists will receive expense-paid trips to Warsaw for the Chopin Competition.

The National Chopin Competition will take place February 21 through March 1, 2015 in Miami. For information, go to