The idea of organizing the International Paderewski Piano Competition was first conceived in 1960, in the mind of Andrzej Szwalbe, Director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall in Bydgoszcz. Later, in the 1980s the Competition was brought back to life by the Music Association in Bydgoszcz and the Academy. The programme of the Competition was based on Paderewski’s concert repertoire, which requires not only high technical proficiency, but also music maturity. The second (1986) and third (1994) editions of the Competition were national events, and since the fourth edition (1998) the Competition has become international in character. It is held every three years and is addressed to all young pianists who accept its formula. The Academy students have also been among the winners of the Competition.