Special concert on the 200th anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko's birthday

Special concert on the 200th anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko's birthday Special concert on the 200th anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko's birthday

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute would like to invite to a special concert on the 200th anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko's birthday, which will take place on 5th of May 2019 at 5.00 pm at the Concert Studio of the Polish Radio. Piano works by Stanisław Moniuszko and transcriptions of the composer's songs will be performed by Cyprien Katsaris.

The premiere of the artist's album with Stanisław Moniuszko's works will also take place on this day.  The album will include solo works in the original and transcriptions of composers from the turn of the 19th and 20th century. As the pianist himself says: "I must say with all conviction that Moniuszko's music is a real sensation! The value, diversity and richness of his musical invention should absolutely ensure his international recognition. And although he has left very few piano pieces, the quality of each of these pieces - only miniatures - is a wonderful repair: these are the real jewels".

Ticket sales for the concert will begin on 5th of April 2019. Tickets will be available for purchase at (from 12.00), at the ticket offices of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum (Tuesday - Sunday 11.00-19.00).

Cypien Katsaris, a French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on 5 May 1951 in Marseille. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory, where he studied piano under Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie and chamber music at René Leroy and Jean Hubeau, won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava, 1977), first prize at the Internationalziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and was the only prize winner from Western Europe at the International Queen Elizabeth Belgian Competition in 1972. He also received the Albert Rousse Foundation Award (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Award (Antwerp 1972).

He has performed as soloist with the world's largest orchestras, including The Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington D.C., Detroit Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and many others.

The pianist also founded the "Katsaris Piano Quintet", which received a very enthusiastic reception from both the press and audiences in the Americas, Europe and Japan.

Katsaris has recorded mainly for Teldec (Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw 1985; Grand Prix du Disque Franz Liszt, Budapest 1984 and 1989; British Music Retailers Association's Award 1986; Recording of the Year 1984, Germany, for recording Beethoven's and Liszt's Ninth Symphony), Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca, Pavane, and now also for his own label, PIANO 21. His discography includes solo works by the greatest masters, but also works for piano and orchestra.

The pianist was a member of the jury of the following international competitions: Chopin (Warsaw 1990), Liszt (Utrecht 1996), Vendôme Prize (Paris 2000), Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud - Ville de Paris (2001), Beethoven (Bonn 2005), Giorgos Thymis (Thessaloniki 2011) and Scriabin (Moscow 2012).

5.05.2019, Sunday 17.00
Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio


Stanisław Moniuszko [1819-1872].

Trifle in A major
Trifle in B flat major

Polonaise No. 23 in E flat major

Nocturne in A flat major

Villanella in D flat major

‘Daniel’ Polka in A major

Mazur in A minor from the opera The Haunted Manor
transcription: Stanisław Moniuszko

Zosia’s dumka from the opera The Raftsman
transcription: Władysław Krogulski [1843–1934]

Chant du Soir, Op. 64
transcription: Maurycy Dietrich [1816–1887]

Le Cosaque
Transcription-Fantaisie Le cosaque op. 123: Wilhelm Krüger [1820–1883]

Une Fleur
transcription: Bernhard Wolff [1835–1906]

The Spinner
transcription: Nicolai von Wilm [1834–1911]

Connais-tu le Pays?
transcription: Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński [1869–1928]

paraphrase: Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński

Mazur in E flat major from the opera Halka
transcription: Stanisław Moniuszko

Fantasy on themes from the opera Halka, Op. 51
Józef Nowakowski [1800–1865]

4th of April 2019