International Music Festival Chopin and his Europe already gained an important position among international music festivals. Similarly to the previous editions, this year the festival will gather an impressive cast of exceptional personalities of the piano word, such as: Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dina Yoffe, Ingrid Flitter, Plamena Mangova, Janina Fiałkowska, Alexander Lonquich, Denis Matsuev, Dmitri Alexeev, Alexei Lubimov, Nelson Goerner, Stephen Hough and Janusz Olejniczak. This year festival cannot take place without the great individualities of the last Chopin Piano Competition: Yulianna Avdeeva, Evgenij Bozhanov, Daniil Trifonov, François Dumont and also Paweł Wakarecy and Irene Veneziano. The winner of the competition, Yulianna Avdeeva, will perform twice: a recital on a contemporary piano and a symphonic concert played with the accompaniment of the Orchestra of the 18th Century playing both Chopin Piano Concertos on a period piano.

Apart from the recitals, symphonic and oratorian concerts, outstanding chamber concerts (one of which will be devoted entirely to Polish music) will take place.

The organizers invited many highly valued choirs and orchestras, such as Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Russian National Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Collegium Vocale Gent & Accademia Chigiana Siena and Camerata Silesia.

Among the conductors invited to the festival there are such world-famous personalities as: Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Jurowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Jacek Kaspszyk, Augustin Dumay and Howard Shelley (last two artists will also perform as soloists).

Once more the audience will hear Jan Lisiecki, 16 years old pianist, whose international successful career started here, in Warsaw, during the 4th edition of the festival. This year three very interesting festival debuts will take place: debut of Khatia Buniatishvili, Eda Stern, Michał Szymanowski.

The year 2011 has been named the Year of Franz Liszt, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Gustav Mahler. This is also the year, in which Poland will take over the Presidency of the European Union Council. Due to these circumstances the programme of the 7th Festival will be concentrated around two exceptional individualities of the XIXth century: the patron of the festival, Fryderyk Chopin, and a year younger Hungarian artist, Franz Liszt.

The historical performances will traditionally have an important place in the festival programme. This year four, instead of three period pianos will be available for the pianists: The Fryderyk Chopin Institute has enlarged its collection of pianos by a unique Erard piano from 1838. For the first time in Poland the music of Brahms, Liszt and Noskowski will be played on the historical instruments.


More information: http://en.chopin.nifc.pl/festival/edition2011/info