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Birthday Concert 2016

Birthday Concert 2016 Birthday Concert 2016

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute invites you to three exceptional concerts to mark the anniversary of our great composer’s birth.

Planned for 1 March are two traditional events:

At 12 noon, Polish Radio 2 will be broadcasting a Chopin recital by Tobias Koch live from Żelazowa Wola. The brilliant German pianist – a specialist in historical performance and a favourite with ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival audiences – will be playing on a Broadwood piano from 1853, the Institute’s latest acquisition, which represents a valuable addition to our collection of piano models on which Chopin played. This instrument was first heard in a radio recital given by Tobias Koch at Chopin’s birthplace on 11 November 2015.

At 7 p.m., the winner of the recent International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Seong-Jin Cho, will be giving a special recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic. The phenomenal Korean pianist, whom the whole world wants to hear since his triumph in October, will be returning to Warsaw for a recital promoting an album of his competition performances released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute as part of the Blue Series – a cycle of portraits of the outstanding personalities from the Chopin Competition.  

The other event linked to the anniversary of Chopin’s birth will be a recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic on 2 March by the runner-up in this year’s Competition, the Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, who also won the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata. His ‘Competition portrait’ in the Blue Series will also be available.

The March concerts by the leading pianists in the Chopin Competition also represent a foretaste of the great artistic events planned for the Twelfth International Music Festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’. In August next year, we will hear all the prize-winners in Warsaw, some of them even several times, including at Żelazowa Wola.


Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 12:00 noon
Channel 2 of Polish Radio
Broadcast of a Chopin recital performed on a historical instrument (Broadwood) by Tobias Koch.


Tuesday, 1 March 2015, 7.30 PM
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall


Seong-Jin Cho -

Fryderyk Chopin


Wednesday, 2 March 2015, 7.30 PM
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall


Charles Richard-Hamelin -

Fryderyk Chopin:

  • Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
  • Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47
  • Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, Op. 61
  • Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16
  • Mazurkas, Op. 33
  • Sonata in B minor, Op. 58

Ticket sales at and in Fryderyk Chopin Museum from 1 December 2015 (12.00 noon).

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