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Chopin Competition 2020! 3 ways to get tickets!

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Hello! My name is Harie and I am an expat wife in Warsaw.

The Chopin Competition, one of the three major competitions in the world, will be held in Warsaw next year in 2020.

There are three ways to get tickets to the Chopin Competition 2020.

  1. advance tickets
  2. Same-day tickets depending on luck
  3. Viewing Tours from Japan

I’ll explain each one in detail!

How to Purchase Chopin Competition 2020 Tickets (1) Advance Tickets

TV crews at the ticket booth on the day of release
Chopin Competition 2020 - Ticket Sales Schedule
  • October 1, 2019, 11:00 am (Polish time) – Competition Finals (1st to Final) & Winners’ Concerts (2nd and 3rd places) go on sale.
  • September 1, 2020 – Winner’s Concert (1st place) & Opening Concert minutes go on sale.

Advance tickets for the Chopin Competition 2020 Finals have already gone on sale and sold out instantly…!

But there is still hope! Tickets for the competition winners’ triumphant concert will go on sale in September 2020.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the following two locations

  • Internet
  • Ticket Office of the Frederic Chopin Museum, Warsaw

The following is an explanation of how to purchase each of these tickets. Please check the official website for ticket prices.

Tickets for the Chopin Competition Preliminary Round in Warsaw (2020/4/17-28) will also be available in January 2020.

Buy on the Internet

Ticket page on the official website

Tickets for the Chopin Competition 2020 will be available on the official website of the Chopin Society. (Tickets for the main competition have already been sold)

The purchase procedure would be lengthy, so please refer to the article [Explained with Pictures] Internet Purchase Procedure for Chopin Competition 2020 Tickets.

On October 1, 2019, the day of ticket sales for the final competition, we were inundated with access and could not connect to the site at all. (It may be because the server of the site is too slow ^^;)

The server was down for more than an hour right after the start of sales. Sometimes, even when I could connect to the site, it froze at the seat selection screen and I had to start all over again…

An hour and a half after they went on sale, I was lucky enough to advance to the end and purchase my ticket! At that time, there were still spaces available for the finals and winners’ concert.

From what I heard from people around me, the finals were sold out within about two hours after tickets went on sale, and there were only a few tickets left for the third round.

Around 3pm (4 hours after the tickets went on sale), I was able to access the site normally, but there were already a few extra seats for the first round. By the time I looked at night, all tickets were sold out.

We expect a similar situation with ticket sales for the winners’ concert. It all depends on luck!

Buy at the counter

One hour before the start of the sale

Tickets for the Chopin Competition 2020 can also be purchased at the ticket office of the Chopin Museum in Warsaw.

However, an hour before the start of the sale, the line was already long. I don’t know if it was the staff’s ineptitude or the slow movement of the computer, but the line was moving only very slowly.

Rumor has it that 5 years ago, the computer at the counter broke down and people had to wait in line but couldn’t buy the tickets after all ^^;

If you can get to the front of the line, you have a better chance of purchasing than on the Internet. Otherwise, the situation may not be much different from the Internet. You need to be prepared to wait in line for quite a while.

How to purchase tickets for the Chopin Competition 2020 (2) Same-day tickets on a matter of luck

Entrance to the National Philharmonic, the venue for the Chopin Competition

Even if you lose the fierce battle for advance tickets, there is still a chance to see the Chopin Competition! You can still have a chance to see the Chopin Competition!

According to a long-time Warsaw resident, he was able to see the 2015 Chopin Competition after standing in line for same-day tickets. And the ticket prices were cheaper than those in advance.

It is not certain whether there will be tickets available on the day of the event, as it depends on ticket cancellations and seat availability. It depends on your luck.

Also, it is not known until the day of the event which stages will sell tickets on the day of the event.

On the internet, you could even buy tickets on the day of the third qualifying round! Some people wrote “I was able to buy a ticket on the day of the 3rd Preliminary Round! It seems that day-of-show tickets are unlikely for the popular finals, though.

It is not easy to spend a lot of money for a trip from Japan and leave it to luck, but if you really want to see the show, you may try to get a ticket on the day of the show. I am not responsible if you can’t buy a ticket;

How to Purchase Chopin Competition 2020 Tickets (3) Tour from Japan

The hall of the National Philharmonic, the venue for the Chopin Competition

In previous years, several tours to the Chopin Competition from Japan were organized, and similar tours will be available for the 2020 competition as well.

You can certainly see the Chopin Competition if you join a tour, but the price is quite expensive. The price varies depending on the stage you want to see and the travel agency, and last time the price was 300,000~700,000….

As of early October 2019, no travel agency has yet sold tours. Since this is always a popular tour, it would be best to contact each travel agency and check information frequently.

You may also inquire using ” Town Life Travel Search,” a website that allows you to request quotes from multiple travel agencies in one go. Inquiries are free.

The Chopin Competition every five years with its own eyes!

The Chopin Competition is held once every five years, an interval longer than the Olympics. After the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, why not watch the Chopin Competition live?

If you are lucky enough to get a ticket, be sure to get a hotel as soon as possible. Click here for related article ⇒ Residents’ Choice! 8 Recommended Hotels for the Chopin Competition 2020

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