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21.10. | TALKS in The Jazz Club

October 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Chopin Festival

TALKS in The Jazz Club

Free entrance!

Professor John Rink

Professor of Musical Performance Studies in the Cambridge Faculty of Music, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at St John’s College.

“ How did Chopin Play “ ?

Time: 3:30pm – 4:00pm


John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge. He is a prize-winning author and expert in the fields of performance studies, nineteenth-century music, music analysis and digital musicology.
The talk will include live examples on the piano,references to Chopin’s improvising, his pianos and his distinctive technique, along with discussion of the expressive qualities of his playing as captured by first-hand witnesses.

Dr Ewa Sławińska-Dahlig

Director General of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Poland

“ Pupils of Fryderyk Chopin “

Time: 16:15 – 16:45


EWA SŁAWIŃSKA-DAHLIG is the general manager of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw – which has existed since 1934. The Society’s focus is on the promotion of Chopin’s legacy.
This includes the organisation of – the International Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists, concert cycles in Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Park, in the church where Chopin was baptised in Brochów and in the Botanical Gardens in Powsin,
These are some of a wide range of activities pursued by the Chopin Society and its six local branches in different parts of Poland.
Ewa obtained the title of doctor of humanities in 2017 on the basis of a dissertation entitled ‘Adolphe Gutmann in the circle of Fryderyk Chopin’s students and friends’. A Warsaw University musicology graduate in 2003. Author of several books (including “Adolphe Gutmann. Chopin’s Favourite Student”, Warsaw 2013); author of several dozen scientific and popular science articles on Chopin and ethnomusicology, editor-in-chief of the “Rocznik Chopinowski” [Chopin Yearbook].

Lady Rose Cholmondeley

President of the Chopin Society in the UK

“ Chopin in Majorca “

Time: 17:00 – 18:00


In the autumn of 1838, with his fragile health and motivated by the benefits the Mediterranean climate could bring him, Fryderyk Chopin travelled to Majorca with his 6 years older love the French writer George Sand (pen name for Amantine Dupin) and her two children. He spent the winter of 1838-39 mostly at a quite comfortable three room cell ( no.4) with private garden in the former charterhouse of the Carthusians in the mountain village of Valldemossa. It’s difficult to put together a complete and final list of compositions that Chopin wrote while on Majorca, since he started many of them before leaving for the island, some he composed during his stay there, and others he began there, but finished them later.


October 21, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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