International Piano Festival of the Royal City of Krakow, Krakow (08/10/17 – 22/10/17)
The International Piano Festival of the Royal City of Krakow is the first cultural event in Krakow that is devoted entirely to the music of the piano. As a metropolis, Krakow can be considered the prettiest of Poland's main cities, having escaped the worst of the bombing during WWII. The former Polish capital with its atmospheric Old Town and the streets of Kazimierz in the Jewish district is crammed with exciting galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. The multi-day Krakow Tourist Cards offer museum entry and free bus and tram travel between sights such as the Wawel Royal Castle, the striking 14th century St. Mary's Basilica and the huge 10 acre Main Market Square. The fundamental nature of the Festival is to present piano masters, who will be performing on the same stages as the young winners of some of the greatest international piano competitions, including the Chopin in Warsaw, the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth and the Tchaikovsky in Moscow. This festival encourages the elite of world pianists to come and perform in Krakow, the historical capital of the Malopolska Province. As one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow is a city of great Polish pianistic traditions. The festival is organised by the younger generation of pianists and graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow. Established for this sole purpose, an Association was tasked with reviving Krakow’s musical traditions and give them a new, fresh and international artistic mantle.
Visitors to the festival will be regaled with performances by outstanding artists who will come to Krakow from all over the world to enchant audiences with their interpretations of piano music in the magical atmosphere of the city.