"The distinctive quality of the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój is that it is the oldest piano - not just Chopin - festival in the world", points out the event's artistic director, pianist Piotr Paleczny. "Its small scale is a huge asset of the Duszniki festival. We don't have a modern, new concert hall. What we do have, what we keep reminding people about and what gains the respect of pianists, is the stage on which Fryderyk Chopin himself played many years ago, in 1826. That wins huge respect and adds glamour to our festival. There are very few similar events that can boast such a rich and long tradition".The artists invited to this year's festival include the greatest pianists and winners of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Festival. The inaugural concert will be given by Paleczny and the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. The artists will perform in a large tent set up in Zdrojowy Park. Kevin Kenner, winner of the second prize in 1990, will give a piano recital on 7 August, followed on Monday by Sa Chen, winner of the fourth prize in 2000, and Dang Thai Son, winner of the 1980 competition. August 13will see a performance by Jean-Marc Luisada, winner of the fifth prize in the 1985 competition. Festival audiences will also enjoy recitals by Ayako Uehara (8 August), Stanisław Bunin (August 8), Nelson Goerner (August 11), Ewa Kupiec - a native of Duszniki (August 12), and Fabio Bidini (August 14).