"A record number of 350 pianists from 47 countries have sent their applications to the organizers of the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Japan leads the field with 79 applications, followed by Poland with 60, the United States with 25 and Russia with 20. A final selection of entrants will be made at the end of September.
The Competition begins on October 2. Founded in 1937, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious events of its kind. Past winners of the event include Garrick Ohlsson, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman." Link.
Well Tempered Blog's favorite to win: Vassily Primakov. More Primakov info/sounds here.