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£ód¼ Remembers Rubinstein
April 28, 2011   
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The international Arthur Rubinstein Piano Festival took place in £ód¼ for the second time, with Ewa and Alina Rubinstein, the great pianist’s daughters, as special guests.

The festival, which ran Feb. 21-27, opened with a performance by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, the winner of the 1970 International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Accompanied by the £ód¼ Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marcin Na³êcz-Niesio³owski, Ohlsson played Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major. In the closing concert, Israeli pianist, composer and conductor Daniel Barenboim played sonatas by Franz Schubert.

For the two soloists, the festival was a chance to pay tribute to a man who played a major role in their musical careers. Other festival performers included France’s Eugen Indjic, Alexander Korsantia from Tbilisi and pianists of the young generation.

According to Wojciech Grochowalski, the festival director, it is important to promote young pianists, but the primary objective of the festival is to bring acclaimed pianists to £ód¼, where Rubinstein was born.

The honorary patrons of the event were Polish President Bronis³aw Komorowski and First Lady Anna Komorowska.

Visitors could also see an exhibition of photographs taken during Rubinstein’s last visit to Poland and portraits of Chopin Piano Competition winners. The festival featured the premiere screening of a French documentary about Rubinstein. The pianist was born in £ód¼, where he learned music and performed at charity concerts as a child prodigy. He made his debut in Berlin in 1900 and went on to play at the most important music venues across the world.

Maria Sondej
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