Cello, is it me you’re looking for? Piano hopefuls show off their talents at international Chopin festival

Cello, is it me you’re looking for? Piano hopefuls show off their talents at international Chopin festival. TFN/TFN

A small town in central Poland came alive at the weekend as young pianists from around the world arrived for the 26th edition of the International Chopin Festival at Masovia.

Set in Sochaczew, close to Fryderyk Chopin’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola, around 70 children aged between 7-19 knocked out some of the composer’s greatest pieces, including nocturnes, polonaises and mazurkas.

The festival is one of the most important of its kind for future world-class pianists, with some of them aspiring to attend the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in 2020.