For over 20 years, the Presto Concert Agency has been introducing the work of the great Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin to foreign visitors. The Chopin's Birthday Concert will be held (without audience) on 22 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the seat of the Agency – the Fryderyk Concert Hall in the Old Town – and will be broadcast on its Facebook page. Joanna Sochacka will perform the masterpieces of the Fourth Bard and the music of Grażyna Bacewicz and Alexander Scriabin.
When was Fryderyk Chopin born? Although the answer seems obvious – we are celebrating the composer's birthday on 1 March, and we count the passing years from 1810 – the issue is much more complex. In Chopin's baptism and birth certificate it is written that he was born on 22 February 22 .... That's why the organisers made a decision to celebrate both dates.
1st Chopin Birthday Concert will be performed by Joanna Sochacka, PhD. She is a graduate at the Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Dr Hab. Hanna Holeksy. She is currently studying at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, in the class of Prof. Milana Chernyavska. Joanna is a juror of the International Liszt Piano Youth Competitions in China and Utrecht, Elevato International Piano Competitions in Salzburg and Bern, Kreisler International Competition in Bonn, as well as a laureate of many international and national piano competitions. During the upcoming concert, she will perform selected nocturnes, polonaises and preludes by Fryderyk Chopin, as well as Toccata from Sonata No. 2 for piano by Grażyna Bacewicz and Etude "Alla Ballata" in G sharp minor, Op. 8 No. 9 by Alexander Scriabin.
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