The Canadian Chopin Society (CCS) is a registered charitable organization based in Mississauga, Ontario, dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Fryderyk Chopin and promoting his music, while nurturing the development of young artists.
The CCS began as a committee under the auspices of the Maximilian Kolbe Foundation at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre in Mississauga. The Chopin Committee organized the First, Second and Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competitions (in 1999, 2004 and 2010 respectively). Prizes in all three competitions included the top winners’ travel to participate in the International F. Chopin Piano Competition.
In 2010, the competition was expanded to include the Canadian Chopin Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin. The Festival presented inspiring and informative workshops, lectures and master classes by prominent Chopin performers and scholars, culminating with a sold-out gala concert highlighting the winners of the Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition in the Royal Conservatory’s spectacular Koerner Hall. The success of these events was largely due to partnerships formed with other organizations and groups in the Polish and musical communities.
Building on the success of the 2010 events, the Canadian Chopin Society was formed in 2012 as an independent not-for profit entity. The Fourth Canadian Chopin Competition and Festival was held in 2014. The second prize winner, Tony Yike Yang, was awarded the fifth prize at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in October 2015, and the youngest laureate in the history of the competition.
In 2017, the Canadian Chopin Society Scholarship Program was launched, with the goal of increasing awareness of the Canadian Chopin Piano Competition, and providing support and encouragement to young pianists to expand their repertoire and deepen their understanding of the music of Chopin.
The Fifth Canadian Chopin Piano Competition and Festival was held August 23 – 29, 2019.