The open-air Chopin concerts are coming back to the Royal Łazienki Museum on May 15 th. Marc Laforêt and Martín García García will perform at the inauguration of the 63rd artistic season.
This year's edition of the Chopin Concerts is a return to the tradition of outdoor meetings with classical music. Concerts at the Chopin Monument have been held since 1959, for the last two years - in the form of pre-recorded recitals, played in Łazienki. The performances of world-class interpreters of the Polish composer's music were recorded in the historic interiors of the Old Orangery and the Salomon Hall at the Palace on the Island and are still available at: youtube.com/StolecznaEstradaOnline and vod.warszawa.pl.
At noon on May 15th, the 63rd concert season will open with a performance by Marc Laforêt. The pianist was born in Paris in 1966, and at the age of eight he made his debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He studied at the Conservatory in Boulogne-Billancourt and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, in the class of Pierre Sancan. He participated in master classes conducted by world-famous musicians. He also had the great privilege of studying with Arthur Rubinstein, who warmly encouraged him to continue his work.
Marc Laforêt received the Gold Medal of the György Cziffra and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. In 1985 he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
In the same year, he won 2nd prize and a special prize for the best performance of mazurkas at the 11th International Piano Competition Frederic Chopin in Warsaw.
From then on, his international career began. He has performed under the baton of great conductors, such as: Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Eliahu Inbal, Georges Prêtre, Claus Peter Flor, Rudolf Barshai, Armin Jordan, Serge Baudo, Alain Lombard, Jan Latham-Koenig, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kazimierz Kord , Arie van Beek, Vassili Sinaïski, Antoni Wit, Jean-Claude Casadesus.
He has given recitals, incl. in Paris, New York, Washington, Moscow, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Munich, Vienna, Milan, Rome, London, Amsterdam, Warsaw and Stockholm.
The pianist's great talent has also gained recognition through numerous recordings, including both Chopin's piano concertos with the London Philharmonic conducted by Rudolf Barshai (EMI) and Chopin's 24 Preludes and Sonata III (Berlin Classics).
Marc Laforêt is the founder and long-term artistic director of the "Les Grands Crus Musicaux" Music Festival, held in July each year in the famous Wine Castles near Bordeaux. He is also an artistic advisor to the Cziffry in Senlis.
Martín García García will perform the second concert on the inauguration day (4:00 p.m.). He began his musical studies at the age of 5; his teachers were Natalia Mazoun and Ilyà Goldfarb. He graduated from the Reina Sofía Music School, studied there for over a decade under Galina Eguiazarova - receiving the award for the best student of the cathedral from Her Majesty Queen Sophia - he is also a piano master at the Mannes School of Music in New York.
The pianist has won first prizes in several national and international competitions, the culmination of which is the first prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2021. He also received the third prize at the 18th International Piano Competition. Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw and a special prize for the best performance of a piano concerto in 2021. In addition, he received the 1st prize at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival 2018 in New York, which allowed him to receive a scholarship, thanks to which he was able to settle there.
He has performed as a soloist in Europe and the United States, receiving very positive reviews from musicians and pianists of this rank, such as Vladimir Kraniew, Dmitri Alexeyev, Arcadi Volodos, Dimitri Bashkirov, Joaquín Achúcarro and Tatiana Copeland (granddaughter of Sergei Rachmaninoff) and others. He was also invited to the International Ruhr Piano Festival under the patronage of Maestro Radu Lupu. After the success of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in October 2021, Martin García García has planned several tours in Japan, Europe and the USA.
Virtuosos in the Royal Łazienki
The prestigious group of artists who performed Chopin's repertoire in Łazienki Królewskie include the most eminent Polish and foreign pianists. The 2022 artistic season will also feature classical music stars. It is worth mentioning, for example, Jakub Kuszlik, 4th Prize winner of the 18th International Piano Competition Frederic Chopin (2021). Alberto Nosè will also play for Warsaw music lovers. His first major success was winning the first prize at the International Jugend für Mozart Competition in Salzburg at the age of 11. This victory was preceded by a number of prestigious achievements in the following years: the International Piano Competition Ferrucio Busoni in Bolzano, 2nd prize (1999), Vendôme in Paris, 1st prize (2000), 14th International Competition Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw, 5th prize (2000), Maj Lind in Helsinki, 1st prize (2002), World Piano Competition in London, 2nd Prize (2002), Paloma O'Shea in Santander, Grand Prix and Audience Award (2005), Top of the World in Tromsø, 1st Prize (2011).
- Chopin concerts in Łazienki Królewskie occupy a special place in the hearts of Warsaw residents. Undoubtedly, the capital is one of the places most closely associated with the composer. After two years of on-line concerts, we return to Łazienki to see the Fryderyk Chopin monument. The monument, the work of the outstanding sculptor Wacław Szymanowski, was unveiled in 1926. The monument, destroyed during the war, was reconstructed and in 1958 it was returned to Łazienki. And already in 1959, Stołeczna Estrada together with Towarzystwo im. Fryderyk Chopin organized the first Chopin Concert in the Royal Łazienki Park, says Andrzej Matusiak, director of Stołeczna Estrada.
Outdoor concerts for everyone
Warsaw open-air concerts will be remembered for a long time by listeners who willingly return to the Royal Łazienki for their Sunday recitals.
Admission to all concerts is free.
The concert series is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.
Organizers: Stołeczna Estrada, Towarzystwo im. Frederic Chopin, the Royal Łazienki Museum
Partners: Totalizator Sportowy, owner of the LOTTO brand, Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji, Sheraton Grand Hotel
Media patrons: RMF Classic, STRŐER
May 15 - 12.00 MARC LAFORÊT (France), 16.00 MARTÍN GARCÍA GARCÍA (Spain)
May 22 - 12.00 MICHELLE CANDOTTI (Italy), 16.00 JAKUB KUSZLIK
May 29 - 12.00 JOANNA ŁAWRYNOWICZ, 16.00 MARIA GABRYŚ-HEYKE
June 5 - 12.00 ALBERTO NOSÈ (Italy), 16.00 HYUK LEE (South Korea)
June 12 - 12.00 ALEKSANDRA ŚWIGUT, 16.00 JÁNOS BALÁZS (Hungary)
June 19 - 12.00 ASHLEY FRIPP (Great Britain), 16.00 ADAM MIKOŁAJ GOŹDZIEWSKI
June 26 - 12.00 KAMIL PACHOLEC, 16.00 ALICJA FIDERKIEWICZ (Poland / Great Britain)
July 3 - 12.00 HAO RAO (China), 16.00 ADAM KAŁDUŃSKI
10 July - 12.00 FILIP WOJCIECHOWSKI, 16.00 KAROL RADZIWONOWICZ
July 17 - 12.00 KEVIN KENNER (USA), 16.00 ZUZANNA PIETRZAK
July 24 - 12.00 JACEK KORTUS, 16.00 MARCIN EVENING
July 31 - 12.00 ŁUKASZ KRUPIŃSKI, 16.00 HUBERT RUTKOWSKI
August 7 - 12.00 WOJCIECH ŚWITAŁA, 16.00 TRUNG VIET NGUYEN (Vietnam)
August 14 - 12.00 ERYK PARCHAŃSKI, 16.00 NAO MIENO (Japan)
August 21 - 12.00 LEONORA ARMELLINI (Italy), 16.00 JULIA KOCIUBAN
August 28 - 12.00 RINKO KOBAYASHI (Japan), 16.00 BEATA BILIŃSKA
September 4 - 12.00 MATEUSZ KRZYŻOWSKI, 16.00 FRANÇOIS DUMONT (France)
September 11 - 12.00 JANUSZ OLEJNICZAK, 16.00 KAMILA SACHARZEWSKA
September 18 - 12.00 PAWEŁ WOJCIECHOWSKI, 16.00 KRZYSZTOF WIERCIŃSKI
September 25 - 12.00 YIMING SUN (China), 16.00 ANDRZEJ WIERCIŃSKI
The first recital in the Royal Łazienki Park was organized in 1959, shortly after the reconstruction of the monument to the composer. The recitals have a history and throughout time, were subject to various modifications. Initially, the concert season was inaugurated with an orchestra-accompanied concerto. In the 1970s, additional concerts of Chopin's contemporary composers were organized in the evening hours. In the 1980s, the late hour concert (at 17:00 hrs. at the time) took on the verbal-musical form, with not just pianists performing at the monument, but also famous actors reciting Romantic poetry.
The currently adopted formula consists of two classic Chopin recitals at noon and at 16 hrs., every Sunday from May until the end of September. This decision is justified by the immense popularity of the Royal Łazienki concerts, both among tourists and Warsaw residents.