The Gdańsk Music Festival was held on May 18-25, 2019. Each year, the festival organized by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and Radio Gdańsk is defined by a theme, the Artist in Residence, or important anniversaries. The 2019 edition was dominated by both contemporary and historical pianos.
The soloist of the inaugural concert was German pianist Joseph Moog, Grammy Award nominee and winner of the Gramophone Award. The Arthur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra led by Paweł Przytocki will perform Overture in E flat major, Op. 115 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, among others. A chamber concert featuring works by Andrzej Panufnik and Ludomir Różycki. Gidon Kremer TRIO will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg. On May 24, the soloist of the symphonic concert was world-famous Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen performing with the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. At the final concert, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz and Korean violinist Bomsori Kim will perform Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.
Krzysztof Książek, the winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, and Tobias Koch, a juror of the competition, also played a concert of Polish romantic repertoire on historical Pleyel and Erard pianos.
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