Polish Festival Orchestra
was founded by Krystian Zimerman in December 1998. During three series of auditions, distinguished young instrumentalists from all over Poland have been selected for the Orchestra. Between September and November 1999, they will perform both of Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concertos in 39 major music centres of Europe and the US, with Krystian Zimerman as soloist and conductor. This unprecedented concert project involves appearances in the most prestigious concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. The culminating point of the tour will be the concert in the Salle Pleyel in Paris on 17th October, the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death. Nine of the performances will take place in Poland, in several cities including Gdañsk, £ód¼, Kielce, Wroc³aw, Zabrze, Cracow, Katowice, Poznañ; the Orchestra will give the closing concert of the tour on 24th November in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.
The entire tour is a form of
homage to the great Polish composer on the 150th anniversary of his death, in the Chopin
Year proclaimed by UNESCO. In October the concert programme will be made available on a Deutsche
Grammophon compact disc.