CHOPIN PIANO FEST PRISHTINA 13TH EDITION

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CHOPIN PIANO FEST PRISHTINA 2023

In its 13th edition, the Chopin Piano FEST Prishtina 2023 will bring together musicians from Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, Poland, UK, and US.  As demonstrated in the previous editions that hosted some of the best world pianists, the program prepared by the Festival’s artistic director Prof. Lejla Haxhiu-Pula will provide a wealth of new insights into piano music repertoire. 

Chopin Piano FEST Prishtina 2023 will start on May 9, 2023, on Europe Day. Each week will feature two to three events until the closing concert on June 9, 2023. This year, we will catch up on our tradition of cooperation with the Kosovo Philharmonics, and co-organize a concert with the outstanding British pianist Mr. Peter Donohoe on the 28th of May (https://www.peter-donohoe.com/). The festival will offer concerts, masterclasses with students, and a symposium dedicated to the life and work of composers or pianists whose anniversaries are marked this year worldwide. 

Education this year includes more lectures, workshops, and masterclasses. Through the initiative of Kosovar pianist Ardita Statovci, with the support and sponsorship of Herbert Groeger, ChopinPianoFEST will continue to award a special prize to a young pianist which is a concert recital in Germany. This is an outstanding opportunity for young pianists studying in Kosovo to master their piano skills and establish their careers.

As a part of our lobbying for Kosovo to become a member of the Young European Festival Association https://young-euro-classic.de/en/partner/diplomatic-board/, an influential organization in the classical music sector, a winners concert is planned to be held in Berlin, Germany on June 12. 2023 This effort is being assisted by the sponsor of the Chopin Piano FEST special prize. The concert has been included in the 15th-anniversary celebrations of Kosovo’s independence.

Our work and dedication over the years have led to a partnership with the most prominent festivals in the region, through the EU Project #Synergy for Classical Music in the Western Balkans https://synergyproject.info/. The project focuses on the exchange of activities, information, and experiences from festivals in Ljubljana, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Dubrovnik, and Prishtina. This regional cooperation element is an added value to Chopin Piano Fest. It expands the scope of activities when it comes to programming, financing, and managing cultural events in the region. One of the main elements of this project is the promotion of composers’ and artists’ exchanges between the countries. In July, two concerts featuring young musicians cooperating from six countries and performing newly composed pieces will be held.

The absence of a proper piano and concert hall continues to pose the biggest challenge to organizing a piano festival in Prishtina. Through the support of institutions and businesses that value cultivated arts and see them as an opportunity for self-promotion, we have been able to adopt an amphitheater at the Prishtina University Library facilities (the Institute of History building). Concerts will be held in the hall throughout the festival month, whereas the concert with the Philharmonic of Kosovo will take place at Klan Arena.