WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Organizers say 78 young pianists from 20 nations are taking part in the career-paving 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Argentina's Martha Argerich, the winner of the competition in 1965, is to play at the Warsaw Philharmonic on Thursday to open the three-week event, which takes place every five years and is dedicated entirely to the work of Chopin. The competitors begin performing on Saturday, starting with Poland's Tymoteusz Bies.
The 17-member jury will announce the winner of the main prize Oct. 20. It includes concerts in some of the world's best-known concert halls, contracts for recordings and a 30,000-euro ($33,600) prize.
In its 88-year history, the Chopin competition has earned a reputation of one of the world's top piano events, opening world careers to young pianists.