The 13th Gdańsk Music Festival will take place between 9 and 22 May 2020.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. On the eve of this anniversary, 17 May, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's monumental work Beatus Vir will be performed by the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, the Krakow Philharmonic Choir and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Łukaszewski. The work was commissioned by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, and the premiere took place after his election as Pope. On the same evening we will also hear Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Totus Tuus, Op. 60 and Salve Sidus Polonorum. St. Adalbert Cantata, Op. 72.
The Beethoven Year will be celebrated by the performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56 by artists cooperating with Deutsche Grammophon: pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Bomsori Kim and cellist Camille Thomas.
This year, the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will be held in Warsaw. The winners of this Competition from previous years and this year's candidates will take part in the Gdańsk Festival. We will also hear the winners of other international competitions, including the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 2019, French pianist Alexandre Kantorow. A special recital by Adam Makowicz will counterbalance the performances of classical pianists.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.
Full programme available at: https://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl/