The exceptional success of Chopin Concerts in the on-line form last year and the lasting restrictions pertaining to the organisation of events have induced the organiser of the event, Stołeczna Estrada, to continue the recitals in the on-line form.
The inauguration concert will be held on Sunday, 16 May at noon. The transmission will be streamed on Facebook, as well as on YouTube and via the www.koncerty-chopinowskie.pl website. Persons taking a stroll in the Royal Baths will be able to listen to Chopin’s music from loudspeakers set in the main places of the royal park every Sunday at noon.
The inauguration concert will be played by the American pianist Kevin Kenner, considered one of the most outstanding performers of Chopin’s music. Kenner received the top prize at the 12th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He is also a laureate of the Peter Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and a number of others contests.
The pianist from California became acquainted with the Polish traditions of classical music early: as a youth, he studied under the supervision of the outstanding Polish Professor Ludwik Stefański in Kraków. Kenner is also an exquisite studio pianist - the “Grammophone” magazine classified all of his interpretations of Paderewski’s and Chopin’s pieces as records of the month. His other works were distinguished by “Diapason”, “Fanfare” and the Polish Radio. For over ten years, Kevin Kenner held the position of professor at the Royal College of Music in London. He is currently employed at the Faculty of Music at the Miami University (Frost School of Music) where he readies young and talented pianists to perform at stages around the world. He was a member of juries at numerous piano competitions, including the Ferruccio Busoni competition in Bolzano in Italy and the Fryderyk Chopin competition in Warsaw.
Outdoor concerts of Chopin music were organised for the first time in 1959 after the composer’s monument was reconstructed. In the course of time, their formula has changed a number of times. This year, the pianists will not play next to the Chopin’s monument, but will perform for the audience on-line. The recitals were recorded in the unique interiors of the Ballroom in the Palace on the Isle, built at the end of the 18th century, with decorative marble stoves decorated with the sculptures of Hercules and Apollo Belvedere. Concerts in this formula will be continued every Sunday at noon, and if the situation allows it, Stołeczna Estrada will resume organisation of concerts in the traditional live form.
Calendar of nearest concerts:
16th May: inauguration concert, noon: Kevin Kenner (USA)
23rd May: Łukasz Byrdy
30th May: Aleksandra Hortensja Dąbek
6th June: Mateusz Tomica
13th June: Viet Trung Nguyen (Vietnam/ Poland)
20th June: Maciej Wota
27th June: Edward Wolanin
4th July: Mateusz Krzyżowski
All concerts will be available free of charge.
The series of concerts will be financed from the funds of the City of Warsaw.
Organisers: Stołeczna Estrada, the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw, the Royal Baths Museum in Warsaw.
Partners: KAWAI, Sheraton Grand Warsaw
Media patron: Onet
Editorial cooperation: RMF Classic
Due to the prevailing restrictions associated with the coronavirus epidemic, the famous Chopin concerts will not take place traditionally at the composer's monument.
Starting from May 17th, the greatest Polish pianists will perform online. Recitals
will be registered in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki. Carefully selected concert programs, the beauty of classicist interiors and their unique acoustics will be additional advantages of these exceptional events.
The inaugural concert will be played by Karol Radziwonowicz, an outstanding pianist, who has been performing in the world's most important music halls for many years. The artist conducts extensive concert and teaching activities. From the beginning, he was associated with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He has performed with many well-known symphony orchestras and collaborated with prominent conductors. He participated in international music festivals as a pianist and juror. His artistic travels lead across all continents. He is the only pianist in the world whose recordings of Fryderyk Chopin's compositions were found on the orbital station in space and were played during the space mission "Endeavor" in February 2010 - on the 200th anniversary of the birth of our genius composer.
The first Chopin concert on the Internet will take place on Sunday, May 17th at 12.00. The broadcast will be available at https://www.facebook.com/koncertychopinowskie, as well as on Youtube and the websites http://koncerty-chopinowskie.pl and http://estrada.com.pl. The next installments of the series will include outstanding Polish pianists, including Aleksandra Świgut, Bronisława Kawalla, Piotr Pawlak, Maria Gabryś-Heyke, Joanna Ławrynowicz and Jacek Kortus.
Outdoor recitals of Chopin's music were organized for the first time in 1959, after the reconstruction of the monument to the composer. Over time, they changed their formula many times. This year, for the first time in history, pianists will not play at the Chopin monument, but will perform for online listeners, they will appear on the screens of computers and telephones in our homes. The performances of the musicians will be recorded in the unique space of the Old Orangery, a classicist orangery built in 1786-1788 according to a design by Dominik Merlini in the Royal Łazienki in Warsaw.
All concerts will be available free of charge.
The concert series is financed by the City of Warsaw.
Organizers: Stołeczna Estrada, Towarzystwo im. Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw, the Royal Łazienki Museum;
Partners: KAWAI, Sharaton Grand Warsaw, State Music School Complex F. Chopin in Warsaw
Media patron: RMF Classic
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.