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The next, IV Rubinstein Piano Festival will take place in May 10-17, 2015.

The nearest concert:
October 8, 2014, 6PM
Lodz City Museum, 15 Ogrodowa Str.
Eva Oertle, Flute
Vesselin Stanev, Piano
Franz Xaver Mozart (1791–1844)
Rondo for flute and piano in E minor
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
The Mermaid’s Song, Hob XXVI: 25
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Am See, D.746
Younghi Pagh-Paan (1945*)
Dreisam Nore for Solo Flute (1974/75)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)
Sonata for flute and piano in F minor, Op.4 (1823)
(Original for violin)
Interval
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sonata for flute and piano in F minor, K.304 (1778)
(Original for violin)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)
Song of the Reeds (Schilflied), Op.71 No.4
Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
La Sirène
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Ondine, Gaspard de la Nuit, for Solo Piano
Carl Reinecke (1824–1910)
Sonata for flute and piano in E minor Undine, Op.167

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Marek Drewnowski, piano
Piano recital in Community Center in Rawa Mazowiecka
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October 17, 2014 at 7PM. Frederick Chopin's piano works.

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Last concert organized in 2013 by the Arthur Rubinstein Foundation was in Brussels:
Homage to Frederick Chopin
Piano recital and exhibition about F. Chopin
Brussels, November 30, 6pm, Notre Dame de la Chapelle
Place de la Chapelle 1
Marek Drewnowski – piano
Hommage à Frédéric Chopin * Concert Frédéric Chopin
Invitation ǁ Uitnodiging
Notre Dame de la Chapelle ǁ Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Kapellekerk
Entrée libre * Gratis toegang
Programme
Frederick Chopin:
- Nocturn in F sharp major Op. 15 No. 1
- 3 Waltzes: in A minor Op. 34 No. 2; in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2; in A flat major Op. 42
- 5 Mazurkas: Op. 41 No. 2, 3, 4; in C sharp minor Op. 63; in A minor Op. 68 No. 2
- Variations in B flat major on „Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart's „Don Giovanni”, Op. 2

Admission free

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Concerts in October 2013:
- Oct. 1st 2013, 6PM, Ilja Rashkovskiy, piano recital in Lodz City Museum.
Programme: L. van Beethoven - Sonate Op. 57 in F Minor (Appassionate);
J. Brahms - 3 Intermezzos Op. 117;
F. Chopin - Etudes Op. 10; Op. 25

- Oct. 18th 2013, 6PM, Anna Szałucka, piano recital in town Rawa Mazowiecka, Community Center.

(Chopin, Szymanowski, Ravel, Prokofiev)
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The 3rd Arthur Rubinstein International Music Festival, “Rubinstein Piano Festival” in Lodz, 22nd – 27th April 2013.

We are honoured to have as patrons of the festival the President the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski and Mrs. Komorowska, and to have Maestro Rubinstein’s daughters Eva and Alina Rubinstein as honorary guests.

The main concerts will be held in the Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Hall 20/22 Narutowicza Street and Lodz City Museum, 15 Ogrodowa Street. Tickets for events in Lodz Philharmonie are selling in Lodz Philharmonie Box Office, phone +48 42 664 79 79.

Main concerts
22 IV 2013; 7PM - The Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall - Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, cond., Tomasz Ritter - piano (Beethoven, Prokofiev)
22 IV 2013; 7PM - Philharmonie in Częstochowa, Vesselin Stanev - piano recital (Chopin)

23 IV 2013; 7PM - The Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall Kirill Gerstein - piano recital (Schumann, Brahms, Mussorgsky)
23 IV 2013; 6PM - Skierniewice, Music School, Tomasz Ritter - piano recital (Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov)
23 IV 2013; 3PM - The Lodz City Museum, chamber music: The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet, Marek Drewnowski - piano (Schumann, Zarebski)

24 IV 2013; 7PM - The Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall, Marek Drewnowski - piano recital (Mozart, Chopin, Scarlatti)
24 IV 2013; 6PM - Rawa Maz., Vesselin Stanev -piano recital (Chopin)

25 IV 2013; 7PM - The Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall, Nelson Goerner - piano recital (Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninov)
25 IV 2013; 3PM - The Lodz City Museum, chamber music: The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet, Sergei Tarasov - piano (Franck, Ravel, Dvorak)
25 IV 2013; 6PM - Piotrków Tryb., Museum, Ketevan Sepashvili - piano recital (Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninov)

26 IV 2013; 5PM - Sieradz, Music School, Szczepan Konczal - piano recital (Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy)
26 IV 2013; 6PM - Wielun, Ozarow Museum, Sergei Tarasov - piano recital
26 IV 2013; 7PM - The Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall, Yulianna Avdeeva - piano recital (Haydn, Ravel, Chopin)

27 IV 2013; 3PM - Lodz, The Protestant Church: Szczepan Kończal, Tomasz Ritter, Ketevan Sepashvili - piano recitals
27 IV 2013; 7PM - The Lodz City Museum: The A. Rubinsteina Lodz Philharmonie Orchestra, Daniel Raiskin - cond., Sergei Tarasov - piano (Mozart)
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Honourable Ladies and Gentelmen
It is our great pleasure to announce that The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation was founded in June 2005 in Lodz, Poland, the famous pianist’s home city.
The principal goal of the Foundation is to initiate and organize the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Festival in Lodz. The idea of our Festival has been kindly inspired by the late Maestro’s friend, Jan J. Bistritzky, founder and honorary President of The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, and by the Rubinstein family. The below signed hope this information will be warmly received:
Wojciech Grochowalski, Chairman of the Board of the A. Rubinstein Foundation

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Last events, 2012 :
Lodz, The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall, December 20, 2012, 7PM.

The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, Osvaldo Ferreira (conductor), Yulianna Avdeeva (piano); Beethoven, Piano concerto No. 5; Prokofieff, Symphony No. 5

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Homage to Arthur Rubinstein
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, December 15, 2012, 7PM. Two piano recitals, short documentary film about Rubinstein's performing in San Francisco in 1945, photo exhibition.
Program:
Anna Fedorova:
D. Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor, K 213; Sonata in E major, K 20
F. Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52; Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 64 No. 3
M. Ravel: Scarbo - from "Gaspard de la Nuit"
S. Rachmaninoff: Preludes - Op. 23 No. 5, Op. 32 No. 12, Op. 23 No. 2

Roman Rabinovich:
J. Haydn: Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI/46
S. Prokofieff: Romeo and Juliet (three pieces)
M. Ravel/R. Rabinovich: Daphnis and Chloe
I. Stravinsky: Petrushka
Tickets: $45, $55, $65. carnegiehall.org I CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 I Box Office at 57th and Seventh.



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The nearest concerts:
Warsaw, Vesselin Stanev (piano recital): F. Chopin, Etiudes Op. 10 and Op. 25.
Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall, November 28th, 7PM.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation and any financial support is gratefully received. Donations can be made to the following account: Foundation address: Piotrkowska 112, 90-007 Lodz (Poland)
Bank: Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski SA
Bank address: I Oddział w Lodzi Kościuszki 15, 90-959 Lodz
SWIFT: BPKOPLPW
Account no. (PLN), Bank PKO BP: 62 1020 3352 0000 1602 0113 9104

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Dear Sir or Madam,
We are inviting you to the Homage to Arthur Rubinstein celebrations organized on December 13th through 15th 2012 in New York City. The main Gala Concert will take place in Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth (Łódź, January 28th, 1887), and the 30th anniversary of the death (Geneva, December 20th, 1982) of our famous namesake, the pianist, Arthur Rubinstein. Due to these two coinciding dates, our Foundation is organizing celebrations in New York City with a featured event, a Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall. The Maestro lived in New York for decades and had a very proud tradition at Carnegie Hall, where he performed a notable 130 times.
Arthur Rubinstein had American citizenship (since 1946). He was born in Poland, in a Jewish family in our industrial city of Łódź. During his long and productive life, he performed over 6,000 times, recorded over 200 albums, wrote a memoir, and made countless radio, TV and press interviews and appearances. He was the subject of many films, among which was a 1970 Oscar winner “L’Amour de la Vie” (Love of Life). During his long career, he was awarded honorary doctorates from many universities, as well as many national orders of merit, among them the French National Order of the Legion of Honor of the First Class. In 1976, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the same distinction recently bestowed by the President on another Pole from Łódź, Mr. Jan Karski. The only other Poles who received this medal were Jan Nowak Jeziorański, Zbigniew Brzeziński (a friend of Arthur Rubinstein), Pope John Paul II and President Lech Wałęsa.
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III Rubinstein Piano Festival, will take place on 22-27 April 2013 in Lodz, Poland.

In November in Polish Library in Paris performed Tomasz Ritter (prize winner on Bydgoszcz competition 2011)
The first concert in the Rubinstein Year 2012 foundation organized in the Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Hall. On 27 January performed pianist Denis Zhdanov (Soler, Albeniz, Schumann, Brahms).
Grand Theatre National Opera, Warsaw
February 23, 2012. 7pm
Anna Fedorova - piano
(Scarlatti, Schnittke, Rachmaninov, Chopin)

April 26, 2012, Lodz City Museum – Tomasz Ritter (prize winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Young Pianists Competition in Bydgoszcz 2011), piano recital: Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Szymanowski
May 15, 2012, Lodz City Museum – Marcin Koziak, piano recital (Mozart, Albeniz, Rachmaninoff, Szymanowski, Debyssy)
June 14, 2012, Lodz City Museum - Zuzanna Pietrzak, Weronika Zajkiewicz, piano recitals.
All concerts in City Museum of Lodz will take place in the Mirror Hall
May 17, 18, Piotrkow and Sieradz – Marek Bracha, piano recital.
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Eduard Kunz - piano
September 25, 2012. Lodz City Museum, 6PM
(Scarlatti, Beethoven, Paderewski, Chopin, Rachmaninov)
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Ekaterina Frolova – violin
Vesselin Stanev – piano
24.11.2011, Protestant Church in Lodz, 283 Piotrkowska St.
6 pm

Programme
Robert Schumann
Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) for Piano and Violin, Op.73
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata in A major for Piano and Violin, Op.47 Kreutzer Sonata
Johannes Brahms
Sonata No.3 in D minor for Piano and Violin, Op.108
Maurice Ravel
Tzigane: Rapsodie de Concert (Gypsy: Concerto Rhapsody)

Chopin Days 2011
Gala Concert in Lodz, October 16, 8pm
Orchestra Polish Camerata
Marek Glowacki - conductor
Anna Fedorova - piano
F. Chopin - 2 Nocturnes Op. 27; Valse in A Flat Major, Op. 42

J.S. Bach / W.A. Mozart - Fuga BWV 876
W.A. Mozart - Piano Concerto in C Major KV 467
F. Chopin - Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Major, Op. 13

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November 8th, 6pm, Lodz City Museum
Claire Huangci - piano
Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra - Maciej Labecki (conduct)
Programme: Chopin, Gorecki

November 9th, 6pm, Rawa Maz., Community Center
Claire Huangci - piano
Programme: Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Tchaikovsky

November 24th, 6pm, Protestant Church in Lodz
Ekaterina Frolova - violin
Vesselin Stanev - piano
Programme: Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel

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II Rubinstein Piano Festival, 21 - 27 FEBRUARY 2011
Honorary Patrons: The President the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and Mrs. Komorowska
Honorary Guests: Eva and Alina Rubinstein.
Patrons: Hanna Zdanowska - Łodz City Major; Witold Stępień - Marshal of the Lodz Region.

Festival Programme
Monday, February 21st
– 2.00pm - Hotel Grand, press-conference with Maestro Arthur Rubinstein’s daughters, Eva and Alina Rubinstein
After refreshments and toasts...
– 3.00pm - Hotel Grand, promotion of Arthur Rubinstein’s Lodz Concerts, a book written by Bożena Pellowska-Chudobińska
– 6.30pm – The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, opening of the four exhibitions
foyer, level -1 The Musical Recordings of Arthur Rubinstein
foyer, level 1 75 Years of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
foyer, level 2 1979 - Arthur Rubinstein’s Last Journey to Poland
foyer, level 2 Famous Pianists, 32 portraits of famous pianists, author: J. Multarzynski
– 7.00pm – Opening Concert, The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall. Welcome; a five-minute film about the First Rubinstein Piano Festival, 2008 (produced by Leszek Bonar)
Garrick Ohlsson (USA):
Part I – piano recital, Frédéric Chopin:
Polonaise in F minor, Op. 71, No. 3; Mazurkas, Op. 41; Allegro de Concert in A, Op. 46; Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1; Ballade in G minor, Op. 23, No. 1
Part II: Frédéric Chopin:
- Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21
- Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat, Op. 22
The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski – conductor / Garrick Ohlsson – piano
– 9.30pm – Opening Banquet, at the Coffee Bar and Chamber Hall. Admission by invitation.

Tuesday, February 22nd
– 12.00am – Eva and Alina Rubinstein meet for discussion with pupils at Secondary School No. 8. Opening of the exhibition: Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849. National and Romantic Polish Composer
– 5.00pm – Lodz Photography Association, 112 Piotrkowska St. Opening of the exhibition: Portraits of my Father by Eva Rubinstein
– 6.00pm – Zdunska Wola, Music School, piano recital by Denis Zhdanov: A. Soler, J. Turina, M. de Falla, I. Albéniz
– 7.00pm - The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall:
Eugen Indjic / String Quartet Kwartet Prima Vista
Part 1. F. Chopin: Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11
String Quartet Prima Vista with double bass
Part 2. E. Indjic – piano recital: Debussy, Chopin, Liszt

Wednesday, February 23rd
– 12.00pm - Rubinstein Piano Festival, photography exhibition of the first and second festivals, 104 Piotrkowska St.
– 1.00pm – Opening of exhibition titled Arthur Rubinstein’s Family and Artistic Life. Photgraphs from 1932-1982. Lodz City Council Gallery, 87 Piotrkowska St.
– 3.00pm - Chamber Music Concert, Lodz City Museum, Mirror Hall: Eugen Indjic – piano / String Quartet Kwartet Prima Vista
Part 1. - L. van Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1
Part 2. - A. Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81
– 6.00pm - Piotrków Trybunalski, Castle, City Museum
Anna Fedorova, piano recital
Part I: Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff
Part II: Chopin
– 7.00pm - The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall:
Claire Huangci, piano recital – Chopin, Scriabin
Marcin Koziak, piano recital – Chopin, Liszt
Denis Zhdanov, piano recital: A. Soler, J. Turina, M. de Falla, I. Albéniz

Thursday, February 24th
– 3.00pm - The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall. Mun Ji-Yeong – Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev; Anna Fedorova – Chopin
– 6.00pm - Wielun, Museum Ozarow
Claire Huangci, piano recital
Part I: Bach, Beethoven
Part II: Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy
– 6.00pm - Community Center, Rawa Mazowiecka
Denis Zhdanov, piano recital
Part I: Chopin
Part II: M. de Falla, I. Albeniz
– 7.00pm - The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall. Sergei Tarasov, piano recital
Part I: Mozart, Schumann
Part II: Mussorgsky

Friday, February 25th
– 12.00am - Cinema City, Polish premier French film “Arthur Rubinstein” (52’), directed by Marie-Claire Margossian, France 2010, followed by a discussion
– 3.00pm - Chamber Music Concert, Lodz City Museum, Mirror Hall Roman Rabinovich / Silesian String Quartet (Kwartet Slaski)
R.
Schumann: String Quartet in A, Op. 41, No. 3
J. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
– 7.00pm - Gala Symphonic Concert, The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall
Alexander Korsantia / The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice
Part I: M. Mussorgsky/M. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
Part II: S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 30
The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jacek Kaspszyk – conductor / Alexander Korsantia – piano
– 9.30pm - Banquet at the Coffee Bar and Chamber Hall. Admission by invitation.

Saturday, February 26th
– 3.00pm - a performance by five young pianists (100 minutes): C. Huangci (USA/China), A. Fedorova (Italy), J-Yeong Mun (South Korea), D. Zhdanov (Ukraine), Sz. Konczal (Poland). Protestant Church in Lodz, 283 Piotrkowska St. Admission free
– 7.00pm - Lodz City Museum, Mirror Hall
Roman Rabinovich (USA / Israel), piano recital
Part I: Bach, Schoenberg, Stravinsky
Part II: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
10.00pm - VIP Banquet (“Nela’s Supper” – dishes according to Nela Rubinstein’s recipes), Hotel Grand, Main Hall. Admission by invitation.

Sunday, February 27th
– 1.00pm – The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Chamber Hall
Alexander Korsantia – piano recital
L. van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E-flat, Op. 7
S. Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22
– 4.00pm – Final Concert, The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall
Daniel Barenboim – piano recital: F. Schubert

F. Schubert: Sonata in G major op. 78, D 894
Molto Moderato e Cantabile
Andante
Menuetto: Allegro moderato
Allegretto
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F. Schubert: Sonata in C minor D 958
Allegro
Adagio
Menuetto, Allegro
Allegro

– after concert - Press-conference. Closing Banquet. Admission by invitation.

Exhibitions taking place during the Festival
1. “Portraits of My Father”, photographs by Eva Rubinstein. Lodz Photography Association, 102 Piotrkowska St. February 8th to 28th; viewing with Ms. Rubinstein on February 22nd at 5.00pm
2. “Rubinstein Piano Festival”, an outdoor exhibition of photos documenting the first and second festivals, 104 Piotkowska St. Official opening with Eva and Alina Rubinstein and the Mayor of Lodz, Hanna Zdanowska on Wednesday February 23rd at 12.00pm.
3. “Arthur Rubinstein’s Family and Artistic Life. Photographs from 1932-1982”. Lodz City Council Gallery, 87 Piotrkowska St. Viewing with Eva and Alina Rubinstein and town officials on Wednesday February 23rd at 1.00pm.
4. “The Musical Recordings of Arthur Rubinstein”, a collection belonging to Prof. Jerzy Warczewski. Level -1 of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic; opening: February 21st at 6.30pm. Exhibiting until February 27th.
5. “1979 - Arthur Rubinstein’s Last Journey to Poland”, photographs of Arthur Rubinstein’s last visit to Poland. Level 2 of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic; opening: February 21st at 6.30pm. Exhibiting until February 27th.
6. “75 Years of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra”, photographs and information about the orchestra, mainly from their archives. Level 1 of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic; opening: February 21st at 6.30pm. Exhibiting until February 27th.
7. “The Chopinists” an exhibition of 32 black and white portraits (90 x 90cm) of some of the most outstanding interpreters of Chopin’s piano music, winners of the Warsaw Chopin Competition. By Juliusz Multarzyński. Level 2 of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic.
8. “Frederic Chopin” outdoor posters (10/1/2010 – 2/28/2011). A tour given by Eva and Alina Rubinstein with Witold Stępień, Marshal of the Lodz Voivodeship. Thursday February 24th at 12.00pm.
9. “Georgia: Land of Wine and the Golden Fleece”. 7 banner stands on show from Friday February 25th to 27th. Level ‘0’ of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic.
10. Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849. National and Romantic Polish Composer. 10 banner stands on show at Secondary School Nr.8 from February 1st to 28th; the school will also be running an educational program on Arthur Rubinstein.
Tickets and admission to concerts and exhibitions
Admission to the exhibitions is free, except for those at the Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall, which can be viewed by concert ticket holders.
Admission to the concerts:
Tickets for the Opening Concert, Monday February 21st at 7.00pm, the Gala Concert, Friday 25th February at 7.00pm cost from 20zł (zl = polish zloty, basic entrance) to 100zł for a seat in the VIP area. Tickets for the Closing Concert, Sunday 27th February at 4.00pm cost 150 zl the VIP area and 75 zl for a normal seats. One $ = ca 3 zl (PLN).
Tickets for the remaining concerts and recitals (at the Philharmonic Hall and at the Lodz City Museum) will cost 10zł and 20zł. The Young Pianists Concert taking place at the Protestant Church on February 26th at 3.00pm: free admission.
Individual tickets or a Festival Pass can be bought from January 20th at the Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall ticket office and the Arthur Rubinstein Music Foundation’s office, and reservations can be made at the Foundation’s office from January 17th. The Festival Pass costs 500zł and entitles the holder to admission to all the festival concerts and recitals taking place in Lodz, admission to both banquets at the Coffee Bar and Chamber Hall (February 21st, 25th and 27th) and entry to the premiere of “Arthur Rubinstein” at Cinema City (February 25th).
Participation in Dinner “Nela’s Supper”, the banquet at the Hotel Grand on Saturday February 26th, is by personal ticket only (non-transferable). Tickets will be issued and on sale from January 20th by the Foundation, cost 300zl (100$, 75euro).
R.S.V.P. Please confirm which concerts you would like to attend and reserve tickets for by 5th February 2011. Reservations can be made by telephone +48 42 632 79 39 (8.00am–4.00pm CET), fax +48 42 632 94 58, or e-mail: fundacja@arturrubinstein.pl After confirmation, tickets will be sent to you, or can be collected at the Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall ticket office (tel. +48 42 664 79 79) on the day of the concert. Tickets prices 20-150 PLN=8-50 $.
Bank: Powszechna Kasa Oszczedności Bank Polski SA, Bank address:90-959 Lodz, Al. Kosciuszki 15 Account No. (Euro): 64 1020 3352 0000 1402 0161 3884 SWIFT BPKOPLPW
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Foundation's Events in last year, 2010:

Beata Bilinska - piano recital
19th of December 2010, 6pm, Museum History of Lodz

Vesselin Stanev - piano recital
Lodz, The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall, 25th Nov. 2010, 7pm. Tickets tel. +48 42 664 79 79
Programme: J.S. Bach (Fantasie and Fugue in G Minor); F. Liszt (Etiudes d'execution transcendante, S 139)

Szczepan Kończal - piano recital (Chopin, Paderewski)
Belchatow, Music School, 6pm

Denis Zhdanov - piano recital (Chopin)
Lodz, Museum History of Lodz, 12am
Wielun, Museum History, 5,30pm

Chopin Day in Lodz 2010, main concert 16 X 2010, 7.30pm; Jowita Sip (soprano, Wien), Szczepan Kończal (piano), orchestra Polish Camerata dir. Marek Głowacki.
Programme: W.A. Mozart (Et incarnatus est), V. Bellini (La Sonnambula, Amina's aria: Ah! non credea mirarti), F. Chopin (Andante spianato and Grand Polonez Op. 22, Piano concerto in E minor Op. 11; Chopin's songs).

Chopin Day in Paris. Hommage to Chopin and Rubinstein. Gala Concert - 26 V 2010 Salle Gaveau, 20pm; piano recital, chamber music, exhibition, coctail.

25 V 2010, Denis Zhdanov, Chopin's halfrecital
Mercredi 26 mai 2010, Program:
-20 h 00 Soirée de Gala Salle Gaveau
-20 H 30 Concert de Gala
-sur Paris et métrage Łodzi (env. 7 min.)
Marek Drewnowski (piano)
- Nokturn en fa Diese Majeur, op.15 nr 2; Trois Valses
Joanna Woś (soprano), Marek Drewnowski (piano)
- Deux chants de Chopin; Extrait d'airs d'Opera 'Les Puritains' de Bellini
Entracte: Koktajl, visite de l'Exposition
-Après l'entracte avec le Pianiste jouer l'va de l'orchestre accompagnement Schola Cantorum de Paris.
-Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphonie pour cordes nr 10
-Frédéric Chopin: Koncert pour piano et orchestre en fa-Mineur, op. 21
Sponsorzy: Ville de Łodzi, Maréchal de la Région de Łodzi, Telekomunikacja Polska, Grupa BNP Paribas - Cardif

Anna Fedorova (Ukraine), piano Chopin's Recitals:
- 3 III 2010, Lodz, Museum of Lodz, 6pm
- 4 III 2010, Zdunska Wola, Music School, 6 pm
- 5 III 2010, Rawa Mazowiecka, Cultur House, 6 pm.

- 1 X 2010, Radomsko, Music School, 6 pm

Chamber Music, Museum of Lodz, 22 IV 2010, 6 pm; Boguslaw Pikala (piano), Andrzej Niemierowicz (baritone)

(Archives events see bellow)



The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation
Organizer of THE RUBINSTEIN PIANO FESTIVAL, director Wojciech Grochowalski; I edition - Lodz 10-18 X 2008; II edition - February 21-27, 2011.

The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation is still a fledgling organization, but we are trying to expand our activities, organize more events and improve our website.
We welcome any support from private or corporate donors. If you are interested in making a donation or sponsoring festival events, please contact us for more information.
Address: ul. Piotrkowska 112
90-007 Lodz
Poland

tell. +48 42 632 79 39
fax. +48 42 632 94 58
e-mail: fundacja@arturrubinstein.pl
www.arturrubinstein.pl

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The foundation is a non-profit organisation and any financial support is gratefully received. Donations can be made to the following account: Foundation address: Piotrkowska 112, 90-007 Lodz (Poland)
Bank: Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski SA
Bank address: I Oddział w Lodzi Kościuszki 15, 90-959 Lodz
Account no. (EUR): 64 1020 3352 0000 1402 0161 3884
SWIFT: BPKOPLPW
Account no. (PLN), Bank PKO BP: 62 1020 3352 0000 1602 0113 9104
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Honourable Ladies and Gentelmen

It is our great pleasure to announce that The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation was founded in June 2005 in Lodz, Poland, the famous pianist’s home city.
The principal goal of the Foundation is to initiate and organize the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Festival in Lodz. The idea of our Festival has been kindly inspired by the late Maestro’s friend, Jan J. Bistritzky, founder and honorary President of The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.
The below signed founders hope this information will be warmly received:

Wojciech Grochowalski, director of the Foundation

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We regret to announce that Mr. Jan Jacob Bistritzky passed away on 22 of August 2008.


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Exhibition in Lodz: Frederic Chopin – National and Romantic Polish Composer (Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849) - kompozytor narodowy i romantyczny) - Lodz, 104 Piotrkowska Str., 15 VII-15 VIII 2009. It was 4 billboards, colour, author Wojciech Grochowalski.

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Chopin Day in Lodz (17 X 2009) – Joanna Wos (soprano), Denis Zhdanov (piano), Chamber Orchestra 'Polish Camerata'; Lodz's Cathedral Church.

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Chopin Day in Rapperswil (24 X 2009) – events in the Rapperswil castle (Switzerland, Polish Museum): exhibitions about Chopin and Rubinstein (11am), piano recital by Yulianna Avdeeva (6pm), banquet (8.30pm, Hotel Schwanen).
Programme of the recital, Frederic Chopin:
- Nocturne D-flat Major, op. 27 Nr. 2
- Nocturne C-sharp Minor, op. 27 Nr. 1
- Ballade Nr. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47
- Sonata Nr. 2 in B-flat Minor op. 35
Grave - Doppio movimento
Scherzo
Marche funebre
Finale. Presto
Intermission
4 Scherzi:
- Nr. 1 in B Minor, op. 20
- Nr. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 31
- Nr. 3 in C-sharp Minor, op. 39
- Nr. 4 in E Major, op. 54

Organizer: The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation, Lodz-Poland, www.arturrubinstein.pl dir. Wojciech Grochowalski, co-operaton Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Honorary Patronage: Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Patron – Włodzimierz Fisiak, Marshal of the Lodz Region
Invited Guests of Honour – Eva Rubinstein, Jerzy Buzek (President of the European Parliament), Bogdan Zdrojewski (Minister of Culture), Włodzimierz Fisiak (Marshal of the Lodz Region), Heads of the Canton of St Gallen and the Municipality of Rapperswil-Jona.
Main Sponsor – Amcor Rentsch (President Jerzy Czubak)

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Homage to Arthur Rubinstein – 2009, Lodz
cykl: „Łódzcy pianiści w hołdzie Arturowi Rubinsteinowi”
- 19 III 2009 – Maria Korecka-Soszkowska
- 16 IV 2009 – Michał Drewnowski, Rafał Hołub
- 10 VI 2009 – Łukasz Kwiatkowski, Kamil Klimek
- 22 X 2009 – Kinga Firlej-Kubica, Wojciech Kubica
- 12 XI 2009 – Katarzyna Kling, dr Witold Holtz
- 10 XII 2009 – Aleksandra Nawe (piano), Jolanta Gzella (mezzo-soprano)

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Homage to Arthur Rubinstein 2009, tournee young pianist:
Denis Zhdanov, 13–16 X 2009
I recital, 13 X 2009, Pabianice:
Mozart: Sonata C-dur K330
Beethoven: Sonata Es-dur op. 81a "Les Adieux"
intermission
Chopin: Etudes Op.10 No.1 C-dur, No.12 c-moll
Chopin: Sonata h-moll op. 58
II recital, 14 X 2009, Lowicz:
Beethoven: Sonata Es-dur op.81a "Les Adieux"
Chopin: 2 Polonaises fis-moll op. 44 and As-dur op. 53
intermission
Mozart: Sonata C-dur K330
Ravel: Jeux D'eau; Pavane pour une Infante defunte; Alborada del Gracioso
Prokofiev: Toccata op. 11
III recital, 15 X 2009, Kutno:
Schumann: Toccata op. 7
Ravel: Jeux D'eau; Pavane pour une Infante defunte; Alborada del Gracioso
Prokofiev: Toccata op. 11
intermission
Chopin: Polonaise As-dur op. 53
Chopin: Sonata h-moll op. 58

Roman Rabinovich 24 XI 2009, 6pm – Piotrków Trybunalski; 25 XI, 6pm – Lodz; 27 XI, 6pm – Sieradz. Programme:
B. Yusupov – Crossroads No. 2
F. Chopin – Scherzo No. 2
C. Debussy – 6 Preludies
intermission
M. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition.

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– 19 XII 2009, 6pm; piano recital of Anna Fedorova, prize winner in Bydgoszcz 2009.

Programme:

1st part:
J.S. Bach – Toccata in G, BWV 916
L.van Beethoven – Sonata No. 2 A-dur, Op. 2
B. Bartok – Suita Op.14
Prokofiev – Toccata Op.11
2nd part:
F. Chopin: – Polonez-Fantasy As-dur Op. 61
Nocturn No. 3 Op. 9
Etiudy No. 10 & No. 11 Op. 25
Ballade No. 4 Op. 52

After recital - Christmas cocktail.
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Prize winners of the 8th International Competition for Young Pianists'The Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam', Bydgoszcz 2009:
I Prize (ex aequo) ANNA FEDOROVA, born 1990 - Ukraine; MUN JI-YEONG, born 1995 - South Korea; prize for this pianists (among others) are recitals organizing by the A. Rubinstein International Music Foundation.
II Prize NIKODEM WOJCIECHOWSKI (Poland)
III Prize LIN PENG (China)
IV Prize PIOTR KOSIŃSKI (Poland)
VI Prize ANNA YUKHO (Belarus)

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Recitals (tournee) of Yulianna Avdeeva, March 23-28, 2009: Lodz, Skierniewice, Rawa Mazowiecka, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Pabianice.
Programme: W.A. Mozart - Sonata in D Major KV 576; L.v. Beethoven - Sonata in G Major op. 31; F. Schubert - Sonata in A Minor; F. Chopin - 4 Scherzi; R. Schumann - Sonata in F-sharp Minor op. 11; J. Brahms - Fantazien op. 116; B. Bartok - Sonata Sz 80.

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Concert for Georgia
Aleksander Korsantia (piano), Ketevan Badridze (piano), 26th of February 2009, Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw, Sale Redutowe, 7.30PM
Programme:
W.A. Mozart - Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, KV448/375a (Korsantia, Badridze)
M. Ravel - La valse for Two Pianos. The Composer's Original Version (Korsantia, Badridze)
M. Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Korsantia)

Concert of Georgian pianist, Honorary patrons The President Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński and Mrs. Kaczynska, cooperation Grand Theatre


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Background information

The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation – organizer of The Rubinstein Piano Festival in Lodz
The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation was founded in June 2005 in Lodz, Poland, the famous pianist’s home city. Our goal was to instigate and organize The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Festival in Lodz (Rubinstein Piano Festival). We were inspired by the late Maestro’s friend Jan J. Bistritzky, founder and honorary President of The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Mr. Bistritzky sadly passed away on 22nd August this year, and this Festival is dedicated to his memory.
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The city of Lodz has a population of about 800,000. It boasts a film school (from which Roman Polanski graduated), a museum of modern art, beautifully restored factory buildings from the city’s textile industry past, and palaces and residences which belonged to 19th century factory magnates. Arthur Rubinstein always spoke fondly of Lodz and visited regularly. The last concert he gave here was in 1975; the last time he visited Poland was in 1979 –3 years before his death.

2007 was designated the Year of Arthur Rubinstein by the Polish Parliament, as last January 28th was the 120th anniversary of his birth, and December 20th was the 25th of his death. A series of musical events are taking place, including recitals, concerts, exhibitions and film screenings. The Foundation is now preparing The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Festival in Lodz, which will take place between 10th and 18th October 2008. In organizing the event we were working with Jan J. Bistritzky and Arthur Rubinstein’s family in the USA. We are inviting some of the world’s most gifted pianists to play in homage to Rubinstein, in the city of his birth.

We intend to hold the festival every two years (so as not to clash with other music festivals and competitions in Poland), with exceptionally talented pianists (approximately five-seven) performing solo and with Polish and international orchestras. There also may be a meeting with young pianists in The Academy of Music in Lodz.

The main concerts and recitals are to take place in the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (650 seats) and Lodz’s Opera House (1200 seats) under the honorary patronage of President Lech Kaczyński and his wife. Invited members of the Honorary Committee will include some of the world’s most distinguished composers, pianists and conductors.


I Rubinstein Piano Festival. Main Concerts and Recitals:

10 X 2008 (Friday) 7.00pm
• opening ceremony and inaugural concert. The Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lodz Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Raiskin
• soloist: Alexander Gavrylyuk – piano (Messiaen, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky)

11 X 2008 (Saturday) 4.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Chamber Hall
• half-recital by Hubert Rutkowski, followed by a talk on the pianist and piano teacher Theodore Leschetizky
• opening of an exhibition about T. Leschetizky in the foyer of Lodz Philharmonic

12 X 2008 (Sunday) 6.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall
• piano recital by Roman Rabinovich, prize-winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Tel Aviv 2008.(Beethoven, Wiesenberg, Ravel, Scarlatti)

13 X 2008 (Monday) 3.00pm, Museum of History of Lodz, Mirror Hall, concert of chamber music:
• Prima Vista string quartet, Wojciech Waleczek – piano (Schumann),
• Prima Vista string quartet, Denis Zhdanov – piano (Mozart)

13 X 2008 (Monday) 7.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall
• Alexander Korsantia, piano recital (Haydn, Chopin, Stravinsky/Agosti, Mussorgsky)

14 X 2008 (Tuesday) 5.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall
• Emanuel Ax, piano recital (Schubert, Liszt)

15 X 2008 (Wednesday) 7.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall a performance by young pianists, first prize-winners of the ‘Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam’ International Competition for Young Pianists in Bydgoszcz
• Joanna Marcinkowska (Chopin, Czajkowski/Pletnev)
• Yulianna Avdeeva (Mozart, Kreisler/Rachmaninov, Liszt)
• Denis Zhdanov (Prokofiev, Messiaen)

16 X 2008 (Thursday) 11.00am-7.00pm, Charlie Cinema
• screening of documentary films about Arthur Rubinstein. See bellow.

17 X 2008 (Friday) 7.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall
• Kirill Gerstein, piano recital (Chopin, Busoni, Schumann, Tchaikovsky/Feinberg)

18 X 2008 (Saturday) 7.00pm, Lodz Philharmonic Concert Hall
• closing symphonic concert, with the participation of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) conducted by Jerzy Salwarowski
soloist: Alexander Korsantia – piano (Moniuszko, Ravel, Tchaikovsky)

Wojciech Grochowalski
General Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Festival Director
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Homage to Arthur Rubinstein (2007)

Alexander Korsantia – piano. World famous pianist

Opera House (Grand Theatre), Lodz 18 XII 2007 at 7 pm.

Part I:
Franz Josef Haydn Sonata in C Major Hob.XVI/1
Allegro
Andante
Menuet

Serge Prokofiev Sonata No. 8 Op. 84 in B flat Major
Andante dolce. Allegro moderato
Andante sognando
Vivace. Allegro ben marcato. Vivace, coma prima.

Part II:
Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (plus String Quartet)

Korsantia: In Homage to Rubinstein
On the 18th December 2007 music enthusiasts were invited by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation to a concert given by the Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia. (…) His international career came via the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv in 1995, where he won first prize and a Gold Medal. Small wonder that it was Korsantia who was asked to play a recital as the climax of the Year of Rubinstein, in the home town of the great Polish pianist, two days before the 25th anniversary of his death.
Alexander Korsantia played three pieces: Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in C Major Hob.XVI/1, Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B flat Major Op. 84, and Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-minor Op. 21. For the last work he was accompanied by the Prima Vista String Quartet. That this pianist is of the highest class is borne out by the choice of repertoire, and this was apparent to the audience from the first bars of the Haydn sonata. He plays with such precise and eloquent clarity and so superbly does he shape the colouring of tone, that the audience were transported to a magical world in which the notes scintillated with brilliance, radiating a unique aura about them. This was Hayden removed from its classical structure. At times Korsantia strove for an impressionistic sensuality, concentrating not on the balance of form, but instead on fragments of intricately perfected sound. Haydn is usually treated with a certain restraint, but Korsantia eagerly penetrated the harmonic and melodic tissue of this piece, seeking a deeper meaning than pianists normally do. His approach, combined with the simple quality of this 18th century sonata, created an effect of mystical absorption, an atmosphere imbued with the peace and spirit of contemplation.
In Prokofiev’s Sonata in B flat Major, the pianist strove to extract the latent seams of expression in the music, not by contrasting the dynamics and pitch of the notes, but rather by delving deep into the very tissue of the work and reaching the recesses of the harmonic construction. In this way he emphasised the emotionally complex side of the music. This piece – entitled War – agonises over the tragic nature of man’s fate. The central section – Andante sognando – was of particular note, played with a dominant tone of suppressed austerity, only occasionally interrupted by an intensification of the narrative. Taken as a whole, Korsantia’s interpretation assumed the form of a moving lament, generally unfurled at a soft piano dynamic level.
Staging Chopin’s piano concertos with a chamber orchestra [Prima Vista Quartet – w.g.] is not an entirely new idea in renditions nowadays. (…) Of course, the leading role fell to Alexander Korsantia. By giving the piece a richly lyrical form, he evocatively revealed the sublime beauty of Chopin’s style. Once again that evening he performed magic with the muticoloured diversity and malleability of sound, especially in the ethereal Larghtetto, which was awash with romantic emotion. The performers chose this piece as one of the encores, thus satisfying the expectations of a euphoric audience. One would like to listen to such performances as often as possible, and one hopes that the festival planned by the Rubinstein Foundation will allow us to enjoy many more such experiences.
Review by W. Paprocki (slightly revised) Ruch Muzyczny (2/2008), Warsaw-Poland.

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Denis Zhdanov (1988) – young Ukrainian pianist

Warsaw Philharmonic, December 20th 2007

Programme:

Part I:
Franz Schubert/Franz Liszt:
Wandern
Du bist die Ruh
Auf dem Wasser zu Singen (Barcarole)
Standchen (Serenade)
Erlkőnig

Johannes Brahms Variations on the Theme of Paganini

Part II:
Sergei Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux
Op. 39 No. 2 in A minor; No. 9 in D major

Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

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Lodz, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall, 27th of October 2007

Programme:
Frederic Chopin (2 Nocturnes Op. 48; Ballade in F minor Op. 52)

Johannes Brahms: Variations on the Theme of Paganini

Part II

Isaac Albeniz: Iberia (Almeria)

Isaac Albeniz/Leopold Godowsky: Triana

Modest Musorsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

Comments of piano recital on 27th of October 2007:

Anna Wesołowska-Firlej and Stanisław Firlej (Anna Wesołowska-Firlej is a pianist, professor of music, former rector of the Academy of Music in Łódż, where she was head of the Piano Department; Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rubinstein Foundation. Stanisław Firlej – is a cellist and professor at the Academy of Music in Łódź):
“Saturday’s concert by Denis Zhdanov was an artistic event of note. The young pianist’s virtuosity, sensitivity to tone and exceptional ability to play pieces from memory was impressive. He performed a remarkably difficult programme with maturity and great expertise. In the packed concert hall there was a sense that we were party to the discovery of a great talent.”

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Zdzisław Szostak (a composer and conductor, a longstanding Research Fellow at the Academy of Music in Łódź, the former director of both the Łódż and Poznań Philharmonics, and has worked with Henryk Czyż):
“During the concert on the 27th of October 2007 we had the chance (with every last seat taken) to listen to the young Ukrainian pianist, Denis Zhdanov, the 19-year-old winner of this year’s Artur Rubinstein International Young Pianists’ Competition in Bydgoszcz. Just as we had heard, this young man –a first year student at the Kiev National Music Academy –was already a mature pianist. He has a clear, well-developed technique, great composure, musicality and sensitivity. He feels confident and at ease whether performing the romantic cantilenas (of Chopin) or Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Paganini, or Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. His pp and ff are beautifully crystal-clear (for example in The Gates of Kiev). During the encores he demonstrated his excellent finger facility, of both his right (in Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninov’s Flight of the Bumblebee) and left hand (in Scriabin’s Prelude for the Left Hand). If this young man continues to develop and mature at such a pace, he can expect a successful career.”

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Tadeusz Chmielewski (a pianist, professor, former rector of the Academy of Music in Łódź, and former head of the piano department):
“He is a pianist of outstanding talent. He has an excellent technique, brilliantly taught. (...) He performed Brahms perfectly”.

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Janusz Janyst (a musicologist, columnist, and Research Fellow at the Academy of Music in Łódź):
“…The cycle of Variations on a Theme by Paganini (subtitled Etudes for the Piano), based on the motif from the Caprice in A minor, was the grand musical climax of Zhdanov’s performance. This piece bristles with difficulties, and is still considered the highest benchmark by which the technical ability of a pianist can be judged. The young soloist performed it with a surprising lightness and ease, and without the slightest effort he overcame all the “finger obstacles”, while accentuating the contrasts in the musical text. In this context, Zhdanov’s interpretation of Chopin, which doesn’t contain the pure musical fireworks of the Brahms piece, and in comparison demands considerably more mature, intellectual expression, seemed somewhat “dimmed” by the classic German Romanticist; and yet the way in which Zhdanov built up the tension in the octave sequence of Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor totally won me over. “…The playing of Albeniz’s composition had as much brilliance as it had youthful vitality, and re-energised the packed concert hall [after the interval -WG]. But once again this was just a prologue to the intensity that followed. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which brought the programme to a close, proved to be most entrancing. The pianist’s differentiation of timbre and the articulation of the notes was –and I don’t hesitate to use the word –masterful (for example, the extraordinary contrast in Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle), as were the evocative “paintings” of the other scenes (Bydlo, the Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, the Catacombs, etc.), each different in atmosphere and character. One felt that this young Ukrainian identifies with the music, and almost merges spiritually into its Russian genre. The encores were also superb: he made the keys of the piano “sing out” Scriabin’s Prelude for the Left Hand, and he performed Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninov’s entomological Flight of the Bumblebee at break-neck speed. Zhdanov is a sensationally good pianist for his age, with a great career awaiting him. It was good to be given the opportunity to listen to him now.”

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Bogusław Wódka (a pianist, professor, Dean of the Piano, Harpsichord and Organ Department at the Academy of Music in Łódź):
“I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the recital of young Ukrainian pianist Denis Zhdanov’s, who was invited to perform by the International Arthur Rubinstein Music Foundation at the Łódź Philharmonic on 27th of October 2007. The programme, which included pieces only playable by those who have reached the highest degree of “musical initiation”, indicated that piano literature holds no secrets for this 19-year-old student of the Music Academy in Kiev. Truly, Zhdanov’s piano technique is flawless. The artist plays the most difficult passages with child-like ease and freedom, sometimes at an astonishing tempo, but more importantly, in his hands the piano sounds extraordinarily beautiful. In particular when playing legato, one of the most difficult elements of piano art, it is as if he is makes the piano sing. And another ‘discovery’: although we usually complain about the poor acoustics of Łódź’s new Philharmonic Hall, it turned out that the piano could be heard very well. “Essentially, each piece was performed at the highest level. Perhaps the works by Chopin at the beginning (2 Nocturnes op. 48, and the Ballade in F minor) were lacking a little in emotional intensity, but the next piece –Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Paganini –dazzled with technical and expressive perfection. In my opinion it was the highlight of the evening. It was also most satisfying to listen to Mussorgsky’s monumental Pictures at an Exhibition, which sparkled with many colours. And for the encore two miniatures, Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninov’s stunning Flight of the Bumblebee and Scriabin’s beautiful Prelude for the Left Hand. I am certain that this isn’t the last we will hear of this pianist.”

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Bogusław Pikała – is a pianist, and Deputy Rector of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź:
“Firstly, I’d like to say this was a significant musical event in Łódź; secondly this young pianist possesses an incredible talent. Although still a young artist, he plays in an exceptionally mature and responsible way. Maybe he has yet to develop as recognisable a style as, say, Rubinstein, Horowitz, Pollini or Argerich, but it is evident that he beginning to show individuality. His good schooling, combined with talent, has yielded excellent results. “He played a lengthy repertoire in Łódź, and it could even have stretched to two recitals. He has my greatest admiration; he performed the programme with exceptional precision. There was an atmosphere reminiscent of the style and age of Brahms, Chopin, Albeniz, or Mussorgsky. Above all, Zhdanov’s youth and raw vitality carried over to the audience and swept them away: we owe him our thanks. “And one more thing: there were a lot of students from our academy and I know that they were impressed by Denis Zhdanov. Being of a similar age to them, he is an excellent example to follow and his brilliance has raised the bar to a higher standard. “And finally I’d like to applaud the Artur Rubinstein Foundation for inviting pianists not only from Poland but also from abroad.”

Comments collected by Wojciech Grochowalski, General Secretary of the Foundation and trustee of the board.

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Perform in 14th April 2008, Lodz – Yulianna Avdeeva (Russia); Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev; more information see polish page "Aktualnosci"

Perform in May 2008, Wroclaw, Katowice, Krakow – Denis Zhdanov (Ukraine); Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert/Liszt, Albeniz, Musorgski, Wiesenberg.

See on polish pages 'Aktualności', 'Festiwal'
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16 X 2008 (Thursday) 11.00am-7.00pm, Charlie cinema, Lodz, 203 Piotrkowska Str.
screening of documentary films about Arthur Rubinstein

at 11am:
– Piano recital, A. Rubinstein in Moscow, 1 X 1964, time 105’. Pieces of: Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Villa-Lobos.
– Rubinstein at 90, dir. by Tadeusz Kipel, fragment, Concerto in G minor C. Saint-Saens; A. Rubinstein (piano) and London Symphony Orchestra,conductor Andre Previn, 1975, time: 26'10”
– Spotkania z Arturem Rubinsteinem (Meetings with A. Rubinstein), dir. by Henryka Rumowska, Lodz 1975, time: 50’
– ...byłem zawsze szczęśliwym człowiekiem... Artur Rubinstein (1887–1982), (I have been always a very happy man) dir. by Ludwik Perski, time: 20’56’’, prod. WFD, Warsaw 1983 r.

at 2.30pm – Discussion about Rubinstein, invited Mr. Krzysztof Rogulski

at 3pm
– Artur Rubinstein – wspomnienia paryskie (Arthur Rubinsten - memories from Paris), authors: Ryszard Czubaczyński, Leszek Bonar; prod. Polish Television, Warsaw 1996, time: 30'. (Conversation with Mrs. Rubinstein and Ms. Eva Rubinstein, authors walked in Paris with Eva Rubinstein. Meeting in Rubinstein's home at Av. Foch).
– Podróż sentymentalna (Sentimental journey), dir. by Bohdan Rączkowski, prod. 1980, time: 46’13”. (Last visit of A. Rubinstein in Poland, October 1979. He visited: Warsaw, Lodz, Żelazowa Woli (Chopin home vilage), Karolin
– L’Amour de la Vie, dir. by François Reichenbach, France, 1969 r. time: 80’; Oscar in 1970.
– Powrót – Artur Rubinstein w Polsce, (Return. Arthur Rubinstein in Poland), dir. by. Krzysztof Rogulski, Polish film, prod. Interpress Film, 1976, time: 47’ (Film about A. Rubinstein's visit in Poland in 1975)

at 6.30pm – discussion about Rubinsten, about films... invited director Krzysztof Rogulski