The Canadian Chopin Society (CCS) is a not-for profit organization based in Mississauga, Ontario, dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Fryderyk Chopin and promoting his music.
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.
The competition was expanded to include the Canadian Chopin Festival 2010, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin. The 2010 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 these events, the Canadian Chopin Society was formed in 2012 as an independent not-for profit entity. The CCS is now launching fund-raising and membership drives, in preparation for the Fourth Canadian Chopin Competition and Festival in 2014.