Fryderyk Chopin’s Warsaw
You have certainly heard about Fryderyk Chopin and his timeless music! The composer and virtuoso spent his childhood and early youth in Warsaw. This year is the 210th anniversary of the birth of a brilliant musician and the 10th anniversary of the opening of a museum dedicated to him, which has so far been visited by over a million tourists from around the world. Visit places in Warsaw connected with Fryderyk using the ‘Chopin in Warsaw’ and ‘Selfie with Chopin’ mobile apps or take part in unique events that will be taking place on this occasion in Warsaw. Get ready for a musical feast – the 18th International Chopin Competition.
Year with Chopin
The city reverberates to the music of Fryderyk Chopin throughout the year. You can listen to Chopin recitals every day in several places in and around the Old Town. And every Saturday in the unique Fryderyk Chopin Museum. If you want to see how the artist’s works are interpreted by young, Polish pianists, come to Warsaw for the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in February. And on March 1, take part in the Birthday Concert held at Warsaw Philharmonic. In the spring you can listen to concerts given by 160 pianists from around the world appearing in the qualifying rounds to the 18th International Piano Competition. And from May to September on Sunday afternoons you can enjoy the music of the genius composer in the beautiful scenery of Royal Łazienki Park. In August, the Chopin and his Europe Festival takes place, hosting eminent artists from Poland and abroad.
However, the most important event in 2020 is the prestigious 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition. The event can be streamed, watched on social media and using a specially dedicated app. A detailed calendar of Chopin-related events is available at chopin.warsawtour.pl
The monument was erected in Royal Łazienki Park to commemorate the virtuoso and is the only example of Art Nouveau monument architecture in Warsaw. Take part in free outdoor Chopin concerts performed by outstanding pianists from around the world. They take place at the monument every Sunday from May to September at 12pm and 4pm.
Fryderyk Chopin Museum
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum is located in the historical Ostrogski Castle and is one of the few multimedia biographical museums in Europe. Among the exhibits you will find the composer’s last piano and manuscripts of his letters and compositions. Every Saturday at 17.00 and 18.00 you can listen to Chopin’s music live. More…
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Basilica of the Holy Cross
Enter the church, which in the early 19th century was the largest Catholic church in Warsaw. Many important moments from the history of the Chopin family are connected with it: the baptisms of Fryderyk’s sisters Izabella and Emilia were held there. According to Chopin’s last will, his oldest sister Ludwika brought his heart to Warsaw, where it was embedded in a pillar in the church. More…
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Take a look at the 17th-century palace, whose architecture contains Baroque and Classical elements. The Chopin family lived on the second floor in the left wing of the building. Fryderyk often played and sat with a book in the botanical garden adjacent to the palace. The building also housed the Warsaw Lyceum, which Chopin attended.
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In one of the palace buildings, the Chopin family had an apartment, where the Warsaw elite met. Fryderyk spent his last years there before leaving the country permanently in 1830. It was here that he composed two concerts recognised as his most important works of his Warsaw period.
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The young Fryderyk played the organ many times during mass for pupils from the Warsaw Lyceum, which he attended. This 17th-century church survived World War II and preserves to this day most of the original decoration. Pay attention to the Baroque pulpit in the shape of a boat – one of the most interesting parts of the interior.
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In 1830, it was precisely from this place that Chopin was bid farewell by his friends and left Warsaw forever as he set off for Vienna. During this period, the palace served as the office of the Saxon Post Office and postal stables.
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Piłsudski Square and Saxon Garden
The Saxon Palace housed the Warsaw Lyceum, in which Chopin’s father Nicolas worked as a French teacher, and the Chopin family lived in a staff apartment there. Unfortunately, the palace no longer exists today as it was demolished during World War II. However, you can visit the Saxon Garden, where Fryderyk played over 200 years ago.
In places related to Chopin, you will find multimedia benches from which you will learn about the composer’s work and life. Just touch the button to hear one of his beautiful compositions.