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  • Frédéric Chopin Monument, Warsaw

  • Chopin plays for the Radziwiłłs, 1829 by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1887

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  • National Philharmonic

    Image by Adrian Grycuk on Wikimedia Commons via CC BY-SA 3.0 PL DEED

  • The 3rd Chopin Competition in 1937

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  • Experience a portion of this spectacular competition in the heart of Warsaw

  • Explore the cultural heritage of Poland’s capital city, including several sites relating to Chopin

  • Learn more about the composer’s life and music in the company of award-winning concert pianist Emilie Capulet

“Emilie went ‘above and beyond’ to make the tour enjoyable”

- ACE customer who travelled with Emilie Capulet in 2023
 

Please note that this description represents a guide to what we hope to offer, and full details, including the tour dates, cost, accommodation and musical programme, will be released later in 2024. If you would like to receive full details of this tour when they are available, you can do so by filling in our register interest form here.

 

Every five years, Warsaw stages one of the most prestigious musical events in the world: the International Chopin Piano Competition. The festival reflects Poland’s passion for Chopin, who was born some 30 miles outside Warsaw and spent almost 20 years in the Polish capital.
 
First held in 1927, the inaugural competition was so successful that the event quickly grew, attracting musicians of the highest standards, and today, tickets are eagerly sought after. What was designed to sustain and promote the reputation of Chopin and his style of piano playing has also fostered the careers of young pianists; the 25 year-old winner of the 2021 competition, Canadian-Chinese pianist Bruce Liu, has since undertaken an international tour, performing with some of the world’s most famous orchestras and releasing a critically acclaimed album of his winning performances.

 

Following a successful tour to the 2021 competition, ACE is delighted to be planning a return visit in 2025. Much of our time will be spent attending competition rounds, which take place in Warsaw’s National Philharmonic, a major cultural institution founded at the beginning of the 20th century. In 2021, for example, our tour included four afternoon ‘Round 2’ sessions, followed by one morning session of ‘Round 3’, allowing us to experience both the breadth of the competition’s talent and a thrilling sense of build-up as the rounds progressed. The rounds feature a great variety of Chopin's works, from his Mazurkas to his Sonatas, his Scherzos and Ballades, as well as his Etudes. We will be able to provide more information about our 2025 concerts in due course.

 

Interspersed with these, we will make the most of our time in Warsaw with visits to major sites linked to the composer’s life and the cultural heritage of Poland’s capital city.

More tour details will be released once further information has become available from the festival office, however, to avoid disappointment, we would encourage you to register your interest to be the first to receive both this and the opportunity to book your place early.

 

This tour will be led by Emilie Capulet, MA, MMus, PhD, an award-winning international concert pianist, lecturer and musicologist. Described by Anne Grafteaux Geli in Utmisol magazine as having a “heightened musical sensitivity, total emotion, a magical touch, at the same time sensual, vigorous and varied”, she is invited to perform in international music festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia. She has recorded Beethoven and Chopin for BNP, Richard Lambert on Quartz and the first recording of the complete piano music of the French-Corsican 20th century composer Henri Tomasi, in a critically acclaimed double album on the Calliope label. She is currently the recipient of a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship to write the first critical study and biography of Henri Tomasi. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Canada, France Musique, Radio Télévision Suisse and Bayern Klassik. Emilie studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is the BMus (Hons) Programme Leader at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich. While touring Latin America, she received the ExpressArte award for her exceptional contribution to Nicaraguan culture, art and education.

 

Emilie says:

 

“The Chopin competition is such a momentous event in the musical calendar. It is a real privilege to discover and hear the next generation of young pianists in the very intimate atmosphere of the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall. On this tour, we will be fully immersed in the rich cultural, musical and social landscapes that inspired Chopin, and through the diverse and rich programmes offered to us, we will experience all the fantasy, poetry, brilliance and profundity of his works.”

Days
1
Cost
£TBC
Tour Code
CHOP-25

Full details, including the tour dates, cost, accommodation and musical programme, will be released later in 2024. Please click here to register your interest.


Included: Full details, including the tour dates, cost, accommodation and musical programme, will be released later in 2024. Please contact the ACE office or use the form to register your interest.


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