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First Canadian Chopin Competition

October 17- 23rd, 1999

In 1999, the first Canadian Chopin Piano Competition was held at the John Paul II Cultural Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. This important musical event was organized by the Maximilian Kolbe Foundation and Mr. Thomas Stan. Pianists from across Canada participated in the competition and the winners were sent to the 14 th International F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.


Junior Division

First Prize – Irene Wong
Second Prize – Galina Mertodjan
Third Prize – Andrew Aarons

Senior Division

First Prize – Li Wang
Second Prize – Justyna Maj
Third Prize – Ryo Yanagitani


Barbara Hesse-Bukowska (Chair)
James Anagnoson
Lee Kum Sing
William LittlerJanet Lopinski
Maciej Piotrowski
Alan Walker


General Manager and Competition Director – Thomas Stan
Honorary Chairman – Dr. Peter Simon

Organizing Committee

Lady Misek (Chair)
Yvonne Bogorya-Buczkowska
Bernce Kinal
Mona Kotowski
Henry LopinskiHelen Pogor
Diane Pogorzelski
Henry Slaby
Jan Szymandera
Stan Zielinski

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