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Before the Grand Competition - Master Recitals - 1st October - 19th October 2020 Warsaw, Poland

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A Remarkable even Magical Opportunity! 
The National Fryderyk Chopin Institute announces two additional recitals by outstanding young pianists as part of the series of concerts 'Before the Great Competition'3rd October 19.30Eric Lu 4th Prize winner of the 17th Chopin Competition Winner of the 2018 Leeds Piano Competition18th October 19.30Kate Liu 3rd Prize winner of the 17th Chopin CompetitionBoth concerts will be held at the Royal Castle in WarsawThe detailed program of the concert series can be found herehttps://muzyka.nifc.pl/pl/koncerty/przed-wielkim-konkursemTickets for recitals on 3 October and 18 October are available on the website: www.bilety.nifc.pl and at the ticket offices of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum (open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11.00 to 19.00).There will be no tickets for sale on the night.We kindly inform you that the concerts will take place without breaks.More information on ticket sales: tel. (+48 22) 44 16 251/252 and bilety.festiwal@nifc.pl.*  *  *  *…

Before the Grand Competition - Master Recitals - 1st October - 19th October 2020 Warsaw, Poland

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Before the Grand Competition - Master RecitalsThe time when the 18th Chopin Competition was to be held, (the competition has been postponed to next year), will remain a celebration of Chopin's music and great pianism. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute invites you to a series of piano masters’ recitals and chamber concerts, which will include performances by the most outstanding pianists of the previous editions of the Competition. The cycle of ten evenings will open on 1 October – the day of the International Music Day and the originally planned inauguration of the Competition – with the recital of Seong-Jin Cho, the winner from 2015. In the following days we will hear recitals by Eric Lu (4th prize 2015), Nelson Goerner (Critics' Award, 1995), Lukas Geniušas (Second Prize, 2010), Marc Laforêt (Second Prize, 1985), Yulianna Avdeeva (Winner, 2010), Philippe Giusiano (Winner, 1995), Gabriela Montero (Third Prize, 1995), the outstanding Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen and Kate Liu (3rd …

'Music for Peace' Project : Hiroshima, Warsaw and Chopin - Akiko's Piano

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A remarkable concert takes place today in Hiroshima to commemorate the release of the first atomic bomb on the city on August 6th 1945. I visited the city in February 2019 on a special commemorative project entitled 'Music for Peace'. Below are some extracts, the musical programme for today streamed on Youtube and the remarkable account of Akiko's Piano, arguably the most treasured musical instrument in Japan.Friday 22nd February 2019 
As usual with jet-lag I awoke early at 5.00 am and prepared for the full day ahead. As you can see from the above photo the view from the restaurant was dramatic. You can see the symbolic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) in the middle distance. Before the horror that occurred at 8:15:17 a.m. local time on 6 August 1945 when the cruelly named 'Little Boy' was delivered, the building was known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. 

Before the bomb, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall 


After the bomb
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