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Gdańsk Music Festival

This year we can once again appreciate the performances of acclaimed classical musicians, including the artists from France, Spain, the Netherlands, Bydgoszcz and, naturally, Gdańsk. The theme of this edition is “Origins”, with Christian Zacharias as this year’s artist in residence. The festival received funding from the city of Gdańsk.

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Gdańsk Music Festival is a continuation of the festival that first took place in Gdańsk in 2008. For each edition of the festival a keynote or the artist in residence is introduced. This year, this position is held by Christian Zacharias, pianist and conductor, who will perform as both during the inaugural concert.

Christian Zacharias was born in India. He studied in Karlsruhe and Paris, and he is a prizewinner of piano competitions in Geneva, Van Liburna in Fort Worth and Paris. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the principal guest conductor of the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, and an Artistic Partner with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The inaugural concert is not the only exciting point in the programme of the festival. The final concert involves a performance by the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra Bydgoszcz, featuring a young, yet world-famous, Canadian pianist of Polish descent, Jan Lisiecki.

Other notable events include concerts in St. John’s Centre in Gdańsk. This is where musical ensembles from Gdańsk, who have been the festival’s partners from its very beginning, are going to give their performances. Capella Gedanesis, a musical group playing historical instruments, will be led by an exceptional Spanish conductor, Alfons Reverte Casas.

Moreover, solo performances will be given by Aleksandra Anisimowicz, born in Gdańsk, and active in the Netherlands for the past 20 years, and Olga Pasichnyk, born in Ukraine and active in Poland.

One of the best European orchestras, Sinfonia Varsovia, will perform together with Polish Chamber Choir, Schola Cantorum Gedanesis, which celebrates its 40 anniversary this year. The programme also includes Joseph Haydn’s monumental oratorio, The Creation.

The programme of Gdańsk Music Festival 2018 puts a special emphasis on Polish music. All of Frederic Chopin’s orchestra and piano compositions are to be played, as well as pieces by Karol Lipiński, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Tickets are required for the concerts in Polish Baltic Philharmonic. Other concerts are admission free.

Details at www.gdanskifestiwal.pl

GDAŃSK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

ROOTS

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – Christian Zacharias

 

11 May 2018, Friday, 7 p.m

Concert Hall at Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk

Inauguration of the Festival

Christian Zacharias piano, conductor

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

  • Schumann – Overture Manfred, Op.115
  • Chopin – Piano concerto no.2 in f minor, Op. 21
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

12 May 2018, Saturday, 5 p.m

Janusz Hajdun Radio Gdańsk Concert Studio

Jaga Klimaszewska – violin

Mateusz Rettner – piano

K.Szymanowski, G.Bacewicz

12 May 2018, Saturday, 7 p.m

St. John’s Centre in Gdańsk

Olga Pasichnyk – soprano

Aleksandra Anisimowicz – soprano

Cappella Gedanensis

Alfons Reverte Casas – conductor

A.Vivaldi, G.F.Haendel, M.D.Freislich, A.Stolpe

13 May 2018, Sunday, 6 p.m

Old Town Hall in Gdańsk

Bach Stories

Marcin Zdunik – cello

Aleksander Dębicz – piano

J.S Bach and improvisations

14 May 2018, Monday, 5 p.m

Janusz Hajdun Radio Gdańsk Concert Studio

Vocal Recital

Winner of the IX National Polish Contest of Impressio Art - Sopot 2017

Maria Domżał – soprano

Anna Mikolon – piano

W.A.Mozart, Ch.W.Gluck, G.Puccini, J.Offenbach, I.Strawiński

14 May 2018, Monday, 7 p.m

Chamber Music Hall at Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Extraordinary Vocal Recital

Olga Pasichnyk – soprano

Natalya Pasichnyk – piano

C.Debussy, M.Ravel, F.Poulenc, K.Szymanowski

15 May 2018, Tusday, 5 p.m

Janusz Hajdun Radio Gdańsk Concert Studio

Piano recital

Laureate of J.Waldorff Prize at 51. Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk

Piotr Alexiewicz – piano

F.Chopin, F.Liszt

15 May 2018, Tuesday, 7 p.m

Chamber Music Hall at Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Konstanty Andrzej Kulka – violin

Camerata Vistula

Karol Lipiński, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński

16 May 2018, Wednesday, 7 p.m

Concert Hall at Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Symphony concert

Takashi Yamamoto – piano

Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot

Wojciech Rajski – conductor

F.Chopin – Variations in B flat major on Là ci darem la mano from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni

F.Chopin – Fantasy on Polish Airs in A major, Op.13

L.van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

17 May 2018, Thursday, 7 p.m

St. John’s Centre in Gdańsk

J.Haydn – The Creation

Joanna Freszel – soprano

Ryszard Minkiewicz – tenor

Wojtek Gierlach – basse

Polish Chamber Choir

Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra

Jan Łukaszewski – conductor

18 May 2018, Friday, 6.30 p.m

Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański

Maria Perucka – violin

Roman Perucki – organ

A.Corelli, J.S.Bach, G.F.Haendel, D.M.Gronau, J.Bielecki

18 May 2018, Friday, 7 p.m

Chamber Music Hall at Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Extraordinary Piano Recital

Alexander Gadjiev – piano

Winner of the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

A.Berg, R.Wagner/F.Liszt, C.Franck. P.Czajkowski, K.Szymanowski,S.Prokofiew

19 May 2018, Saturday, 7 p.m

Concert Hall at Polish Baltic Philharmonic

The End of the Festival

Jan Lisiecki – piano

Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra Bydgoszcz

Jakub Chrenowicz – conductor

M.Karłowicz Eternal Songs, Op.10

F.Chopin Rondo à la Krakowiak in F major, Op.14

F.Chopin Piano concerto no.1 in e minor, Op.11




Date: 11 – 19 May 2018

Localization: Gdańsk: Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Janusz Hajdun Radio Gdańsk Concert Studio, St. John’s Centre in Gdańsk, Old Town Hall in Gdańsk

Entry: Tickets are required for the concerts in Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Other concerts are admission free.

Organizer: Gdańsk Music Festival Foundation