Welcome to WIPAC

Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) was established in 2001 to promote international friendship and mutual understanding among nations, to provide an educational forum for all levels of professional and non-professional pianists, to help generate a renaissance of interest in great piano artistry, and to provide venues worldwide where classical music can flourish in many communities.

To further its goals, WIPAC has developed a 5 Year Plan which aims to make the organization take on an expanded mission. In addition, a sponsor gift-giving brochure is available upon request. Over the past 14 consecutive years, WIPAC has hosted an annual Festival of Music and an International Piano Artists Competition for nonprofessional piano artists 31years and older in Washington, DC, during the months of July/August. It is the only competition of its kind that has been presented consecutively year after year, in the U.S.A. Our sister competition in Paris is in its 28th year in 2017, and WIPAC will be in its 15th year. WIPAC also hosts annually the unique and exciting “Winners Grand Prix Piano Concert” in April, which features multiple winners of international piano competitions for adult nonprofessional piano artists.

WIPAC presents pianists in cooperation with universities, orchestras, museums and embassies throughout the Washington, DC METRO area, and has branches of cooperation in Maryland, Pennsylvania (Cheney U.), Azerbaijan; Japan & Poland. In 2015, WIPAC presented the First Festival of Piano Music in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, in partnership with Maryland State Sisterhood Program under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary of State and The Kanagawa Prefecture Government.

For sample recordings by WIPAC PIANISTS, visit our HIGHLIGHTS PAGE (see tabs above). These feature non-professional artists, who are eager to share their love for piano with you.

WIPAC is registered as a non-profit entity under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and derives its support from the generosity of those who believe that music and the performing arts contribute to the enrichment of our lives.

Detailed information on the WIPAC piano competition is provided as soon as available on the COMPETITIONS page of this website. Interested pianists are encouraged to contact WIPAC for further information on dates, eligibility, and preparation requirements. Previous year requirements may be used by applicants as a basis to prepare repertoire. Final application forms for the next competition are posted in March or April. Venue locations are announced later.

Over the past years since its inception, WIPAC has been very privileged to have presented annual piano concerts at foreign embassies in Washington, DC, and the Board is very grateful for the ongoing cooperation from the embassies of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, France, Bulgaria, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Germany, Serbia, Iceland, Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Finland and Luxembourg, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Kosciuszko Foundation (DC Chapter). All international embassies are welcomed to request WIPAC's assistance in hosting cultural piano events.

We cordially invite our audiences and supporters to join our membership and support groups so that we may continue to make piano music artistry flourish in our community. Let great music live and continue to enrich our hearts and minds and bring peace to our world!

Chateau Gardecki, Board Chair
Washington International Piano Arts Council