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65th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój
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Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój
October 1, 2010   
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The southwestern town of Duszniki-Zdrój hosted its annual International Chopin Festival for the 65th time in August.

This year’s festival was held as part of the Year of Chopin, a series of events marking 200 years since the birth of the Polish Romantic composer. The festival also commemorated 200 years since the birth of another great Romantic composer, Robert Schumann, and 150 years since the birth of Polish composer and pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The opening concert was held in a 600-seat tent hall in the local Zdrojowy Park. Acclaimed Polish pianist Piotr Paleczny, who is artistic director of the festival, played both of Chopin’s piano concertos together with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marek Pijarowski.

Over the days that followed, the festival venue, the Chopin Manor in Duszniki-Zdrój, hosted performances by several dozen pianists from across the world. The performers included famous pianists such as Kevin Kenner, Rachel Cheung, Ayako Uehara, Stanislav Bunin, Dang Thai Son, Nelson Goerner, and Jean-Marc Luisada.

“I am confident that the audience will have long-lasting and fond memories of this year’s 65th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój,” said Paleczny after the event. “Over a week in August, we got to hear superb, famous pianists with a well-established reputation, but there was also a large group of young pianists who form the creme de la creme of the global piano music scene today. These included the winners of some of the largest piano competitions held this and last year. We also got to hear Polish pianists expected to compete in this year’s international Chopin piano competition in Warsaw. In addition, as part of special master classes conducted by Prof. Choong-Mo Kang and Prof. Jerome Rose, we got an opportunity to hear the winners of the latest piano competition organized by the National F. Chopin Institute.”
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