Chopin Year Gala Concert

President Mary McAleese to attend Chopin Gala Concert – a commemoration of the bicentenary anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin

On Thursday, 6 May 2010 a widely distinguished Polish pianist Ewa Poblocka will perform a solo Gala Recital in the National Concert Hall in order to celebrate Fryderyk Chopin’s bicentennial and the National Day of Poland. The event is organised by the Polish Embassy in Dublin together with the National Concert Hall.

Ewa Pob?ocka is one of Poland’s most prominent and renowned pianists. She studied at the Music Academy in Gdansk, is the holder of top awards from many prestigious European piano competitions as well as of John Field Medal and has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and Australia. Having played at famous venues all over the globe she now has been invited by the Polish Ambassador to Ireland to perform in front of Irish audience in the National Concert Hall in order to celebrate the National Day of Poland and the bicentennial of Chopin’s birth.

The Chopin Gala Concert will be attended by many renowned personalities in the fields of politics and arts. The Honorary guest of the evening is the President of Ireland Mary McAleese. The members of the Honorary Committee of the Year of Fryderyk Chopin in Ireland, present at the concert, include such famous Irish personalities as Seamus Heaney, John O’Conor or Brian Friel, just to name a few.

The Gala Concert is devoted to Chopin’s elusive, nostalgic and lyrical music on the occasion of 200th anniversary of the Polish composer’s birth, however Irish accents will also be present on the night in the form of compositions by John Field, a great inspiration for Fryderyk Chopin and a father of nocturne – a genre later perfected by Chopin.


For further information please contact:

Nikola Sekowska, Embassy of Poland , ph: 01 219 74 30,

Gavin O’Sullivan, National Concert Hall, ph: 1 4170061 ,

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