About Festival

ABOUT FESTIVAL 


 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Piano Festival Chopin in the Heart of Warsaw, is strongly linked with the place to which I have the great honour to invite you.

It will take place in the Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw, where, in 1825 a 15 year old Fryderyk Chopin performed for Russian Tsar Alexander 1st and received from him a gold diamoned ring for his performance. The young composer also sang in the parish choir and listened to sermons in this church.

The dome of the church is one of the biggest in Europe, and contributes to its splendid acoustics, hence the church has been used as a concert venue for many years since that time.

The church cross, located on top of the dome, has been designated as the geodetic centre-point of Warsaw. It was thus employed by sir William Heerlein Lindley to construct the city water supply network. As the building is rotunda in form, the piano will be situated in the centre of the church for the duration of the festival, directly under the light of the dome – that is, in the Heart of Warsaw.

You will be able to fully appreciate this arrangement, by observing and listening to the pianists from the two galleries around the church.

The International Piano Festival Chopin in the Heart of Warsaw evolved thanks to the dreams, passion and love of music. As in true love, not “because of”, but “in spite of”.

The notion of a Festival has enchanted musicians, photographers, fine artists, and scientists – above all the lecturers and students of the SWPS University, managers of culture and animation, music fans, clergy, social activists as well as patrons and volunteers. They gave us both their efforts and their support.

Now, we present you fine music – there is no admission charge to the concerts.

During the festival you will be able to hear pianists of strong artistic character. We strive to present artists of great musicality, simultaneously adhering to Chopin’s style.

We invite to the main Festival concerts all over 10 years of age (to maintain audience quietness for one hour concert duration). Younger children are welcome to attend the 30 minute duration Chopin concerts for children, held straight after the main recital of the day.

We will also prepare for you a special area – Chillout under Cupola – surrounded by a Chopin photographic exhibition The Nostalgia of Chopin, presented courtesy of photographer Tomek Sikora.

Concerts will take place on each Saturday of July and August at 4 pm, with the children’s ChopiNotes – Concerts for the Young following at 5.30 pm, in the Holy Trinity Church, pl. Małachowskiego 1 – just nearby the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

I cordially invite you on behalf of the official organizers – The Piano Art Foundation (in process of registration) and The Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw.

Przemysław Lechowski, Artistic Director of the Festival


Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Piano Festival Chopin in the Heart of Warsaw, is strongly linked with the place to which I have the great honour to invite you.

It will take place in the Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw, where, in 1825 a 15 year old Fryderyk Chopin performed for Russian Tsar Alexander 1st and received from him a gold diamoned ring for his performance. The young composer also sang in the parish choir and listened to sermons in this church.

The dome of the church is one of the biggest in Europe, and contributes to its splendid acoustics, hence the church has been used as a concert venue for many years since that time.

The church cross, located on top of the dome, has been designated as the geodetic centre-point of Warsaw. It was thus employed by sir William Heerlein Lindley to construct the city water supply network. As the building is rotunda in form, the piano will be situated in the centre of the church for the duration of the festival, directly under the light of the dome – that is, in the Heart of Warsaw.

You will be able to fully appreciate this arrangement, by observing and listening to the pianists from the two galleries around the church.

The International Piano Festival Chopin in the Heart of Warsaw evolved thanks to the dreams, passion and love of music. As in true love, not “because of”, but “in spite of”.

The notion of a Festival has enchanted musicians, photographers, fine artists, and scientists – above all the lecturers and students of the SWPS University, managers of culture and animation, music fans, clergy, social activists as well as patrons and volunteers. They gave us both their efforts and their support.

Now, we present you fine music – there is no admission charge to the concerts.

During the festival you will be able to hear pianists of strong artistic character. We strive to present artists of great musicality, simultaneously adhering to Chopin’s style.

We invite to the main Festival concerts all over 10 years of age (to maintain audience quietness for one hour concert duration). Younger children are welcome to attend the 30 minute duration Chopin concerts for children, held straight after the main recital of the day.

We will also prepare for you a special area – Chillout under Cupola – surrounded by a Chopin photographic exhibition The Nostalgia of Chopin, presented courtesy of photographer Tomek Sikora.

Concerts will take place on each Saturday of July and August at 4 pm, with the children’s ChopiNotes – Concerts for the Young following at 5.30 pm, in the Holy Trinity Church, pl. Małachowskiego 2 – just nearby the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

I cordially invite you on behalf of the official organizers – The Piano Art Foundation (in process of registration) and The Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw.

Przemysław Lechowski, Artistic Director of the Festival