During the last concert of the Chinese Lanterns Festival, the visitors to the Royal Łazienki will have a chance to listen to almost all types of zither played in Asia. They will include: the Vietnamese dan tranh, the Chinese guzheng and guqin, the Japanese koto, yakumogoto, ichigenkin and taishogoto, as well as a string zither – sangenkin. Clavichords will also sound during the concert. The Chinese view them as variants of the zither; they were brought to the Chinese court by European missionaries.
During the concert, we will learn about the captivating history of the zither – the most important Asian instrument.
Apart from Anna Krysztofiak, the guests of the evening will include Tomasz Bonikowski – a talented multi-instrumentalist from the Academy of Music in Katowice fascinated with zithers and the music of the Orient. He will play instruments such as dan tranh, guzheng, yakumogoto, taishogoto, and clavichord, while Anna Krysztofiak will perform on various instruments including guzheng, koto, yakumogoto, ichigenkin, sangenkin, guqin, as well as clavisimbalum.
The Royal Łazienki Museum has organised the Chinese Lanterns Festival since 2012. This is a part of the "Garden of Lights" international project designed to promote exceptional historic gardens and museums from across the world. Five residences cooperate within the project - apart from the Royal Łazienki Museum these are the Prince Pückler Park in Bad Muskau (Germany), Château de Lunéville (France), Tsarskoye Selo in Sankt Petersburg (Russia), Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing (China) and and Frederiksborg Slot in Hillerød (Denmark).