03/08/2018 11/08/2018

Chopin festival kicks off in Duszniki

The manor house, in which Chopin once played, is the place of the festival. Adam Hawałej/PAP

Nearly 20 concerts and piano recitals are featured in the programme of the 73rd International Chopin Festival, which started on Friday and will run till August 11 in Duszniki-Zdrój, a popular mountain spa resort in south-western Poland.

Among the invited artists are such renowned concert pianists as Sergei Babayan or Jonathan Plowright as well as fine artists of a younger generation like Alessio Bax, Rachel Cheung or Boris Giltburg.

In addition to Fryderyk Chopin's music, they will also present works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.

Professor Piotr Paleczny, artistic director of the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, emphasised that the event is aimed at "promotion of talented pianists of the young generation".

The festival will also feature a strong representation of already recognised Polish artists: Ewa Pobłocka, Wojciech Świtała, Jakub Jakowicz, Tymoteusz Bies, Piotr Alexewicz and Lidia Grychtołówna.

Master classes conducted by outstanding teachers, professor Vanessa Latarche from the London Royal College of Music and professor Eugen Indjic from Schola Cantorum in Paris, will be held as accompanying events, the festival's spokesperson Edyta Wolfson told PAP.

The International Chopin Festival at Duszniki-Zdrój, the oldest event of this kind in the world, has been held annually since 1946 to mark young Chopin's brief stay and concerts at this health resort in 1826.