Uniqueness and original character of this competition, as compared to any other
musical events, stems from the fact that it gives an opportunity
to talented young people, who have to put exceptional effort to
achieve success, to meet together and present their skills and achievements.
Their tutors deserve a great respect and admiration. Their everyday,
persistent training has been appreciated.
The idea to organise the International Competition for Blind Musicians
in Honour of I. J. Paderewski, originated among the activists of
the Musical Society already in the 21st century.
Its first edition was held in September 2001. Seventeen participants
applied to perform during the event.
They competed in the categories piano, violin, vocal, guitar,
accordion and winds performances. It was decided that the event
should be organised every three years, so just in the same way as
all the other competitions organised by the Musical Society. The
competition struggle was divided into two stages and comprised the
participants of the ago group between 14 and 30 year olds.
Famous violinist and educator professor Roman Lasocki chaired the
Jury including such eminent celebrities as: prof. Maria Foltyn,
Kristina Makowska, Jerry Artysz, Bernard Ladysz. Adam Natanek Kazimierz
Pustelak Russian violinist Ekerina Bespalova won the first prize
of the competition.
This artistic initiative, so absolutely unique not only in Poland
but even all around the world, lets young musicians wrestling with
adversities of fate perform on stage and challenge the noble rivalry.