Duszniki-Zdrój, beautiful health resort in Ziemia Klodzka region of Poland, is situated in a picturesque valley, at the height of 570 meters ASL, between Stolowe, Orlickie and Bystrzyckie mountains (Sudety), on the mountain stream - BystrzycaDusznicka.
The place has been known for its spring of mineral waters since the beginning of the 18th century. In 1769 the waters of "Zimny" spring were officially categorized as healing waters and this fact influenced further history of the city in a significant way. Duszniki entered the 19th century being a well-known and reputable health resort.
In 1826, by the advice of doctors and professor Jozef Elsner, Fryderyk Chopin (16-year-old at that time) came to Duszniki (called then Reinerz), to cure his health weakened by the sickness. The young pianist came to Duszniki on August, 3rd together with his mother and sisters – Emilia and Ludwika. During his stay he played two charitable concerts. In 1946, the 120th anniversary of Chopin concerts in Duszniki, there came up an idea to organize Chopin Festival. Persons who took part in the first festival were: Zofia Rabcewiczowa, Henryk Sztompka and Zdzisław Jachimecki.
Chopin Festival, organized annually, has become a big international event.
International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki -Zdroj is world's oldest, continuously running piano festival, as well as the oldest music festival in Poland.
With years the festival has gained its artistic prestige and international rank. Many greatest pianist and Chopin music performers took part in the festival, among others: Vladimir Askenazy, Bella Dawidowicz, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Wiktor Mierżanow, Stefan Askenazy, Światosław Richter, Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Arcadi Volodos, Grigory Sokolow, Nelson Freire, Nikolai Lugansky, Nikolai Demidenko, Brigitte Engerer, Boris Berezovsky, all Polish laureates of Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and recently laureates of prestigious international piano competitions, such as Van Cliburn (Fort Worth), Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Rubinstein (Tel Aviv), Hamamatsu and many more.
Festival always begins on the first Friday of August and lasts nine days with two concerts daily at 04:00pm and 08:00pm.
Duszniki Festival is one of the most attended and loved music festivals in Poland offering world-famous as well as young and undiscovered artists.
Festival's concerts will be accompanied by master classes for the group of six Polish students, who distinguish themselves with talent and artistic achievements. They have a great opportunity to work with magnificent pedagogues, invited to Duszniki. Up to now those were, among others: Andrzej jasiński, Dominique Merlet, Evgeni Mogilevsky, Alexei Nasiedkin, Vera Gornostaeva, Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev , John O'Conor, JacquesRouvier, Dang Thai Son, Joaquin Soriano, Jerome Rose, Choong Mo Kang, Bernard Ringeissen, Dina Yoffe, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. The audience of the master classes consists of pedagogues, students of Polish academies and music schools and music lovers. Master classes are free for public.
Festival is organized by Foundation of International Chopin Festivals in Duszniki-Zdroj. More information at www.chopin.festival.pl
Duszniki Zdroj is a city rich with history and tradition. It is a paradise for nature lovers and an attractive place throughout the year for people who appreciate sports.
Duszniki Zdroj is a perfect place where you can commune with culture. The International Chopin Piano festival has become the cultural tradition of the spa, during which Duszniki- Zdroj turns into a meeting place for the most talented pianists, virtuosos, educators and music critics from around the world.
73. International Chopin Piano Festival in Dusznikach-Zdroju, 3 -11 August 2018
3 August - Wojciech Świtała
4 August - Luigi Carroccia, Daniel Ciobanu
5 August- Andrey Gugnin, Jonathan Plowright
6 August - P.Alexewicz, T.Bies, Ewa Pobłocka i Multitio
7 August - Alexander Ullman, NOKTURN (prowadzi Adam Rozlach)
8 August - Martin James Bartlett , Rachel Cheung
9 August -Jakub Jakowicz-skrzypce, Bartosz Bednarczyk–fortepian, Boris Giltburg
10 August - Remi Geniet,, Alessio Bax i Lucille Chung, piano duo
11 August - Eric Lu, Sergei Babayan
4 - 7 August 2018- profesor Vanessa Latarche , 8 - 11 August 2018 – profesor Eugen Indjic