The Chopin Concerts are one of the oldest musical events in Warsaw and have become a cultural heritage showcase of the capital.
The history of the concerts near the Chopin statue dates back to 1959. Since then the musical performances there have undergone many metamorphoses. Initially, the concert season was inaugurated with a concert accompanied by an orchestra. In the 1980's the afternoon concerts had a verbal and musical form. Not only pianists performed near the Chopin statue, but also popular actors recited romantic poetry there.
Today’s concerts are recitals by young pianists, who are starting out on their international careers, as well as by world-famous interpreters of Fryderyk Chopin's music. This year will see the 60th season of the concerts which hold a special place in the heart of every Varsovian and music lover.
The unique atmosphere of the Warsaw concerts is long remembered by listeners who are eager to return to the Royal Łazienki Park for the Sunday recitals.
Admission to all concerts is free.
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.