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Warsaw is the city of Chopin: it is here that his phenomenal talent matured; it is here that his aesthetic tastes and predilections were formed. He went out into the world – to Vienna and then to Paris – as a mature (though still very young) artist. While he did remain under the influence of such masters as Bach and Mozart, he himself was soon to become a source of inspiration.

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The 13th Chopin and His Europe Festival will take place between 12 and 30 August 2017. This year’s edition, subtitled ‘Before the Great Jubilee – From Bach to Chopin’, is a peculiar prologue to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of independence, which will fall in 2018…

A particularly valuable part of Chopin and His Europe is the evocation of the original sound of the pieces, which – performed on period instruments or copies thereof – permit us to familiarize ourselves with the sonic aura of Chopin’s time. Legendary ensembles and soloists specializing in historical performance are regular guests of the Festival, bringing a magical picture of times past closer to us. The pianists play pianos from the collections of the Institute, which has at its disposal a set of instruments from Chopin’s time: famous Pleyels and Erards, a Broadwood and a copy of a Graf piano. And now in the spring of 2018, the collection will be supplemented by an extraordinary acquisition: the first contemporary copy of Chopin’s Warsaw instrument from the manufactory of the then esteemed Fryderyk Buchholtz.


Chopin and His Europe can boast of a group of musical friends that includes stars of the piano world, distinguished chamber musicians, virtuosi of various instruments, conductors, superb ensembles… among those who have visited Warsaw multiple times at the Institute’s invitation are Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Nelson Goerner, Garrick Ohlsson and Kristian Bezuidenhout, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Europa Galante, Collegium 1704, Sinfonia Varsovia…


Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival is a major attraction for classical and contemporary music lovers alike. Organised every August since 2005 by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, each edition follows a different master theme. Performers include outstanding Polish and international artists. Find out more: http://festiwal.nifc.pl/en/program

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