The 59th Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj

This will be the fifty-ninth time that Duszniki Zdroj will host the INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN FESTIVAL, an event that consists of concerts, recitals as well as master classes conducted by artists from Poland and abroad. The festival in this resort town in Lower Silesia commemorates the great composer and pianist, who visited the town in 1826 with his family when he sixteen years old and undergoing treatment for his ailing lungs. During his stay in Duszniki, Chopin gave a number of public concerts at the resort's central pavilion. A commemorative plate reminds today's visitors of Chopin's extended stay in the town.

The INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN FESTIVAL has become very much a part of the cultural tradition of the resort, region and country. One of Poland's oldest music festivals, it has acquired international significance as one of the oldest musical events in Europe. Participants have included all of the world's most outstanding performers of Chopin's music as well as a majority of the winners of the INTERNATIONAL FREDERICK CHOPIN PIANO COMPETITION IN WARSAW. Participation in the festival has invariably proved ennobling to pianists. The event has played host to artists of immense stature like Edward Auer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ryszard Bakst, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Raul Koczalski, Ewa Bandrowska-Turska, Stanislaw Szpinalski, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Lidia Grychtolowna, Adam Harasiewicz, Fu Tsong, Jan Ekier, Bella Dawidowicz, Ikuko Endo, Regina Smendzianka, Piotr Paleczny, Garrick Ohlsson, Krystian Zimerman, Paul Badura-Skoda and Stefan Askenase.

This year's edition will feature appearances by more than a dozen pianists. The group will include a true world celebrity of piano performance - Ewa Poblocka, considered Poland's best contemporary pianist. Aficionados of Chopin's music will also have an opportunity to hear Russian artists Nikolai Demidenko and Alexander Kobrin (a 24-year-old pianist from Kharkov), as well as of Polish piano virtuoso Adam Golka. The WALDEMAR MALICKI QUINTET will give an open-air concert.

This year's master classes are scheduled to be conducted by professor Vladimir Krainev, a lecturer at the Higher School of Music and Theatre in Hanover, and by Professor John O'Connor, an exceptional Irish pianist and Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj
Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Chopinowski w Dusznikach-Zdroju
Rynek 10, 57-340 Duszniki-Zdroj
tel. (+48 74) 866 90 24
tel./fax (+48 74) 866 92 80
www.chopin.festival.pl


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