The Friends of Chopin Australia are proud to present Łukasz Krupiński in his first return to Australia since his performance in the 2nd edition of the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition in 2014. Łukasz won the San Marino International Piano Competition in 2016, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in 2017.
Łukasz will perform two recitals while in Australia, the first in Sydney on 1 June at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, and the seond in Canberra on 2 June at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra.
Join Łukasz as he presents a marvellous program of Bach/Busoni, Mozart, Ravel, and of course Chopin.
17 October 2016 - Lacrimosa dies illa - Commemorating the 167th anniversary of the death of Fryderyk Chopin. Read More
25 Aug 2016 - Winner of the 2nd Australian International Piano Competition, Kotaro Nagano, returned to Canberra in August 2016 to give an exquisite all Chopin program 'Finding the Chopin Style' exploring the development of the composer's style up until the age of 29. Read More
3 May 2015 - Winner of the 2nd Australian International Piano Competition, Kotaro Nagano, returned to Canberra in May 2015 to give a recital of Chopin on historic instruments: the ANU School of Music's 1847 Pleyel concert grand, and an 1857 Erard concert ground (courtesy of a member of the Friends). Read More
16 August 2014 - The fundraising Dinner with Monsieur Chopin was a unique gastronomic event examining the hidden and unknown aspect of Chopin as a gourmet. The degustation menu featured some of Chopin’s (and George Sand’s) favourite dishes with some recipes from the cookbook 'Les carnets de cuisine de George Sand : 80 recettes d’une epicurienne' and excerpts of original research by Dr Wojciech Bonkowski. This elegant dining experience was appropriately set to Chopin’s music and those of his contemporaries Schubert and Mendelssohn, performed by Andrew Rumsey who doubled as Chopin and master of ceremonies. Read More
Poet of the Piano – Olivia Urbaniak performs Chopin were two recitals given by this 16 year old Polish Australian from Sydney. The first in Canberra 7 June 2014 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland which was repeated on the 23 August 2014 at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney. A rising star and 2014 Young Steinway Artist Olivia performed an ambitious program of masterpieces that were technically and emotionally demanding. At the commencement of each half of the program, Olivia read excerpts from her fictionalised letters between Chopin and Sand, which gave a personal insight into her view of Chopin as storyteller and creative genius. Read More
1 May 2014 - A fundraising concert for the 2nd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition held by Maciej Pawela, Artistic Director of the 2nd edition, at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra. Featuring some of Canberra’s most beloved performers and newcomers including David Pereira (cello), Virginia Taylor (flute), Peter Tregear (baritone), Jelena Mamic (soprano), Anthony Bozicevic (piano), Christine Logan & Maciej Pawela (piano duo). Repertoire included Chopin, Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns, Lutosławski, Maciejewski, Verdi, Schubert and Rachmaninov.
27 October 2013 - The official launch for the 2nd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition 2014 at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra. Peter de Jager, winner of the 1st Competition in 2011, performed works by Chopin, Szymanowski and others. The recital was played on the School’s 1847 Pleyel Grand Piano, Chopin’s preferred piano, to highlight the soundscape known to Chopin and the importance of returning to the historical modes of performance. Read More
19-23 August 2013 - Polish Music Days is a project of PianoClassic Association of Cracow, Poland showcasing Poland’s composers from Chopin, other well known 19th century composers to contemporary composers perhaps not so well known to Western audiences. The series of three concerts is uniquely presented by combining music, through its soloists and ensembles, and the spoken word, through its compere and master of ceremonies Wojciech S. Wocław. The modern project was funded with the assistance of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised in Canberra by the Friends of Chopin Australia, the Australian National University School of Music and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra. Read More
5 July 2013 - A sweeping program exploring two masters of the piano. From the intimate miniatures of Chopin to the grand cycle of Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, these works represent the great masterpieces of the piano. Performed by the US based Polish pianist Dr Krystian Tkaczewski. Dr Tkaczewski is a pedagogue and juror on many international piano competitions and has performed in Asia, Europe and the United States. He is the founder and artistic director of the Chopin International Piano Competition (artford, Connecticut), and the Connecticut Chopin Foundation. Read More
17 October 2012 (annual) - To commemorate the day Chopin died, the Friends of Chopin Australia instigated a memorial lecture to honour his memory. The lecture entitled Lacrimosa dies illa – what weeping will be on that day is an opportunity to discuss in some detail his final days, death, funeral and burial.The illustrated lecture uses contemporary accounts and is accompanied by his choice of music performed during his funeral service, including Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, K.626, Chopin’s Preludes and Marche funebre. Read More
13 September 2011 - Internationally acclaimed pianist Dr Edward Neeman (Juilliard) gave a masterful performance of the two complete cycles of Chopin Ètudes, op. 10 and op. 25. The range of piano techniques required of these compositions was handled with an ease that belied their difficulty. Read More
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