EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: The aim of the work is to recreate as closely as possible the sound of the piano that Chopin would have heard when he played and composed on it 172 years ago. Evaluating his chances of success, expert piano restorer Paul McNulty who has been entrusted with the historic task said: “We are within the parameters of the piano at that time.
The rare 1810 square piano by Felix Yaniewicz was the subject of a successful £6,000 online fundraising campaign to bring it back to the city he chose to make his home and tell his story to a wider audience.
Canadian Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu is the winner of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin, which organises the contest, announced in the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
Performed in what the organisers call the ‘Piano capital of the world’, the competition which has 16 hopefuls from Poland is one of the most prestigious global music events.
Josie Dixon had little idea that her great-great-great-great grandfather Felix Yaniewicz was one of the 19th century’s most notable composers until a chance conversation about a Stradivarius violin led her on a path of discovery.
VIDEO: Pianist/producer Wojtek Szczepanik used 100 percent renewable energy when recording his piano section to offset the 78kg of CO2 in electricity and the 147kg of CO2 used in the complete production.
Organized by the Warsaw-based Desa Unicum, the items which go on public display tomorrow (September 11th) were provided by Szpilman’s sons and even include the Omega pocket watch and Mont Blanc fountain pen he kept with him during the war.
The painting was held in the collections of the National Museum in Warsaw before the outbreak of the war. It will now be kept in strict quarantine for a week before undergoing conservation and taking its place in the gallery among other paintings by Malczewski.
The preliminary round of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition was postponed from April to September 2020 due to the coronavirus threat, the institute has announced in a statement.
Konstancja Gładkowska may have been the love of a young Chopin but she herself and the extent of their relationship remain shrouded in the mists of history.