The 21st edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival “Beethoven and Fine Arts”will be held from April 2-14 at various venues in Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Krakow, Lublin, Radom, Szczecin and Zabrze. The Polish premiere of String Quartet No. 4 by Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed by the Belcea Quartet, for whom it was written, on April 2 at the Warsaw Philharmonic. On April 7, there will also be a recital by Veriko Tchumburidze, winner of the recent International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.

During the Festival, over 15 concerts will be given by the Choir and Orchestra of the Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia OrchestraWarmia and Mazury Philharmonic Orchestra and foreign artists, such as Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken and State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Apart from repertoire by Beethoven, audiences will be able to enjoy music by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, Jules Massenet, Georgres Bizet and many Polish composers, including Karol SzymanowskiMieczysław KarłowiczFeliks Nowowiejski, and Andrzej Panufnik.

In keeping with tradition, the main concert program is complemented by regular accompanying events: the Exhibition of Musical Manuscripts at the Jagiellonian Library, an International Symposium addressing the 21st Festival’s theme, and Prof. Arie Vardi’s piano master classes. A presentation on Marta Ptaszyńska’s music entitled “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra of 1985: an ekphrastic triptych and others” will also be given by Siglind Bruhn from the University of Michigan, as well as lectures by Gabriella Ravenni from the University of Piza and Virgilia Barnardoni from the University of Bergamo. The full festival program can be found at

April 2-14, 2017
Various venues in Poland and abroad
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