The only Chopin concerts in the Lazienki Park
The 59th season of festival Chopin Concerts in the Royal Lazienki Park will be inaugurated on May 13th in Warsaw.
The series of Lazienki Chopin Concerts is one of the longest standing traditions in music Warsaw, and today it is recognized as the cultural trademark of the Capital City. Each year the audience can listen to new interpretations of those well- and less know Chopin works. The concerts, performed by brilliant pianists, take place in the enchanting scenery of the Royal Lazienki.
The Festival will be inaugurated at noon by Ingolf Wunder, an Austrian pianist, the second prize winner at the International Chopin Competition 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. He also won special prizes for the Best Concerto, Best Polonaise-Fantasie performance and the audience’s prize. The second concert on the opening day, at 4 pm will be played by Radosław Sobczak, who was honored with special title of the ‘Best Polish Competitor' at the 14th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000.
Stołeczna Estrada, organizer of the festival, ofers a live streaming for everyone who won’t be able to participate in this year festival. Concerts take place on Sundays at noon and at 4pm from May 13th, through September 30th , 2018.
Fryderyk Chopin was born in 1810 in Żelazowa Wola. His actual date of birth remains uncertain, as sources quote two different dates: February 22nd and March 1st.
The Chopins moved to Warsaw when young Fryderyk was just a few months old. While they changed their address a few times, their home was close to Krakowskie Przedmieście Street – the city’s beating heart of culture to this very day.
Fryderyk grew up in a musical home, filled with song and the sound of various musical instruments: piano, flute, and violin. No wonder Chopin he tried his hand at music as a very young boy. He began taking regular piano classes at the age of six. Wojciech Żywny, a pianist of Czech origin, was Chopin’s first teacher, and quickly discovered the boy’s extraordinary gift.
Fryderyk was admired in Warsaw’s aristocratic salons, the city’s newspapers full of adulation for the boy who had composed his first pieces before he turned eight!
Fryderyk could often by seen on Krakowskie Przedmieście or Miodowa streets – rushing to his English classes, to meet up with friends at one of his favourite cafes, or in search of novelties in the sheet music shop.
Walking the streets of Warsaw today, you can find many locations visited by the famous composer two hundred years ago.
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