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Chopin and more: Piano festival in Poland's Duszniki

05.08.2022 09:00
Award-winning Canadian pianist Bruce Liu is set to perform an inaugural recital at the International Chopin Piano Festival, which opens in Poland’s southwestern spa town of Duszniki on Friday.
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In addition to Chopin’s Ballades, the recital includes works by Bach, Ravel and Liszt.

Liu won the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw last year.

The annual festival in Duszniki also features other leading international pianists, including Juan Pérez Floristan (winner of the 2021 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv), Yuchan Lim (winner of the 2022 Van Cliburn Competition in the United States), and Alim Beisembayev (winner of the 2021 Leeds Competition).

Other outstanding performers include Jonathan Fournel (winner of the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels), and Poland’s Rafał Blechacz (winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw).

Blechacz will give a chamber concert with violinist Bomsori Kim.

Highly acclaimed Ukrainian pianists Vadym Kholodenko and Alexander Gavryluk, who is now an Australian citizen, are also expected to perform.

The International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki is the oldest music festival in Poland. Launched in 1946, it is now in its 77th edition.

Prominent Polish pianist Piotr Paleczny has been the event’s artistic director since 1993.

The festival commemorates Chopin’s stay in the spa in 1826. The iconic Romantic composer was 16 years old when he came to Duszniki, then Bad Reinerz, for treatment and gave an impromptu charity concert.

The 77th Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival runs until August 13.