Feel invited to the 64th season of Chopin Concerts in the Royal Łazienki, which will start on 14 May 2023. Recitals at the foot of the Monument to Chopin will be held every Sunday at 12.00 and 16.00. Hear pianists of worldwide renown, including outstanding musicians of the younger generation.
Summer recitals will take place in the Royal Łazienki until 24 September. Audiences will enjoy recitals by 40 finest pianists from Poland, Argentina, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the United States. They won prizes in numerous competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition and are known for their great artistic achievements.
64th SEASON OF CHOPIN CONCERTS IN THE ROYAL ŁAZIENKI
12.00 - Philippe Giusiano (France), 16.00 - Jakub Kuszlik
12.00 - Adam Goździewski, 16.00 - Edward Wolanin
12.00 - Kevin Kenner (USA), 16.00 - Marcin Wieczorek
12.00 - Giuliano Adorno (Italy), 16.00 - Maria Gabryś-Heyke
12.00 - Magdalena Lisak, 16.00 - Marek Drewnowski
12.00 - Joanna Ławrynowicz, 16.00 - Ingrid Fliter (Argentina)
12.00 - Hyuk Lee (South Korea), 16.00 - Hao Rao (China)
12.00 - François Dumont (France), 16.00 - Mateusz Krzyżowski
12.00 - Maria Korecka-Soszkowska, godz. 16.00 - Michelle Candotii (Italy)
12.00 - Aleksandra Świgut, 16.00 - Łukasz Krupiński
12.00 - Julia Kociuban, 16.00 - Kamil Pacholec
12.00 - Trung viet Nguyen (Vietnam), 16.00 - Janusz Olejniczak
12.00 - Julia Łozowska, 16.00 - Radosław Sobczak
12.00 - Colleen Lee (Hong Kong), 16.00 - Beata Blińska
12.00 - Tokiko Kobayakawa (Japan), 16.00 - Martin Garcia Garcia (Spain)
12.00 - Mateusz Dubiel, 16.00 - Michał Szymanowski
12.00 - Aleksandra Hortensja Dąbek, 16.00 - Zbigniew Raubo
12.00 - Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada), 16.00 - Wojciech Kruczek
12.00 - Piotr Alexewicz, 16.00 - Adam Kałduński
12.00 - Filip Wojciechowski, 16.00 - Karol Radziwonowicz
History of Chopin Concerts at the Royal Łazienki
The Chopin Concerts, which in collaboration with the Royal Łazienki have been organised by the Stołeczna Estrada cultural institution and the Fryderyk Chopin Society, are one of the oldest music events in the capital city and its cultural landmark.
For the first time the recitals by the Monument to Chopin were organized in 1959, shortly after the reconstruction of the monument devoted to the eminent Polish composer. The monument itself saw a turbulent history. The idea of its erection arose in 1889, on the 40th anniversary of death of Frederic Chopin. Nevertheless, at the time Poland was under the partitions and the Russian authorities effectively blocked the initiative. Only ten years later, Warsaw artistic circles managed to organise a competition for the design of the statue. The international jury considered as the most interesting the innovative work of Wacław Szymanowski, a prominent Polish sculptor. This verdict raised numerous objections and discussions. Despite that, it was possible to execute the awarded design and the monument was officially unveiled on 14 November 1926; it was a monumental vision of inspired Chopin sitting under a broken willow tree.
In 1939, when Warsaw came under Nazi occupation, the performance of Chopin music was banned and in the following year (1940) the monument was blown up. Only after the end of the war, in the ruins of the Wrocław rail car factory, the head of Chopin from the Łazienki sculpture was found and the work of Szymanowski was recreated on the basis a gypsum model. The monument to Frederic Chopin stood in its former place in 1958, and a year later visitors could enjoy the music of the Polish composer.
Over the years, the Łazienki concerts underwent various modifications. Eventually, the Museum adopted a formula of classical recitals taking place every Sunday from mid-May to the end of September. This choice was dictated by a huge popularity of the concerts at the Royal Łazienki. That popularity was also due to the selection of artists who treated a performance by the Monument to Chopin as an honour and ignored some inconveniences related to weather conditions for example. One of the performances which went down in history was that of Halina Czerny-Stefańska who completed her recital despite the fact that she was stung by a wasp.