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[Latest News Releases of 2019] 10 Chopin Concerts to Enjoy in Warsaw

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Hello! My name is Harie and I am an expat wife in Warsaw.

Since I’ve come all the way to Warsaw, the city of Chopin, I’d like to go to a Chopin concert.

And you’re thinking, “What the heck!

There are many concerts in Warsaw that you can enjoy even if you are not familiar with classical music.

And some of them are free!
Even with a fee, the price is quite reasonable compared to concerts in Japan♪

There are three main types of Chopin concerts that can be enjoyed in Warsaw.

  1. [For locals & tourists] Every Sunday
    Outdoor Concerts at Wajenki Park
  2. For tourists
    Held every day
    Concerts for a small number of people
  3. For locals & tourists] Irregularly held (or limited to certain days of the week)
    Individuals
    Concerts

All of them are easy to participate in.

This article summarizes the features and concert venues of each concert.
Find one that suits your taste and convenience, and go to the concert!

By popular demand! Chopin Concert at Wajenki Park


The Chopin Concerts in Warsaw are the most famous Chopin Concerts in Warsaw.
This is an outdoor concert held in front of the Chopin statue in Wajenki Park.

It’s really nice to listen to live music while lying on the grass under a blue sky!
You will have a very luxurious time.

This is the best Chopin concert in Warsaw.

  • Date: 5/19~9/29 every Sunday from 12:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Fee: Free of charge
  • Location: Wajenki Park, in front of the Chopin statue

To learn more, click here↓.

Every day! Chopin Concerts for Tourists

Venue for Time for Chopin

Small Chopin concerts are held in Warsaw
Every day
are held in Warsaw.

There are several venues, but they are all small and close to the performers.
It is said that Chopin preferred to perform in an intimate setting like a salon rather than a large venue, and I heard that he was conscious of this.

I have been there once before.
I went there without much expectation that it was touristy and therefore bemusing, but it wasn’t at all!
Seeing a professional pianist perform up close was a powerful and satisfying experience.

The performance program includes many well-known pieces, so you don’t have to be a classical music expert to enjoy it ^^.

Here are a few venues to choose from, so go where suits your taste and convenience!

Some online reviewers said it was not a good day for a student pianist.
You may want to look at the pianist details and programs for each venue to determine the venue.

Time for Chopin

A secluded venue in the middle of Warsaw’s Old Town.
This venue is also an art gallery, and the building’s ambiance was so impressive!

The performers are professional pianists and music students, but you may expect more consistent performances since the percentage of professionals is higher than other venues.
For details on performers and programs, and to make reservations, please visit the official website.
https://timeforchopin.eu/?lang=en

  • Date & Time: 18:00-19:00 daily
  • Fee: 60 zloty (about 1800 yen) with honey wine or apple juice
  • How to purchase: Online or on-site
  • Location: Old Town, right next to Warsaw’s Royal Palace.

Click here to see what happened on my previous visit.

Chopin Point

Chopin Point won first place in the Warsaw Concerts category on TripAdvisor.
The beauty of this place is that you can hear a concert at the place where Chopin actually played when he was 13 years old.

Young pianists and music college students perform.
For details on performers and programs, and to make reservations, please visit the official website.
http://chopin.events/en/events-2/

  • Date and time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. daily (with additional performances from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. on some days)
  • Price: 60 zloty (about 1800 yen) with drink
  • How to purchase: Online or on-site
  • Location: Just outside the Old Town. Krakow Suburban Street.

Chopin Salon

A corner of an apartment hotel is used as a concert venue, where performances take place in a living room-like setting.
The use of Steinway pianos, one of the world’s three major piano makers, is a unique feature here.

Pianists change daily and range from professionals to music college students.
The music students are here and there the same people who play at Chopin Point.

Details of the performers can be found on the official Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/chopinsalon/

  • Date & Time: Every day from 7:30 p.m.
  • Fee: 50 zloty (about 1500 yen) with a glass of wine and homemade cake
  • How to purchase: Reservations by phone or onsite purchase
  • Location: 11 minutes walk from Centrum subway station or Nowy Swiat Universytet station

The best of Chopin live concerts

The venue is located in the middle of the old town.
There are no music students among the performers, and they are all quite experienced.

For details on performers and programs, and to make reservations, please visit the official website.
http://www.chopinconcerts.pl/

  • Date & Time: Every day from 6:30 p.m.
  • Fee: 50 zloty (about 1500 yen)
  • How to purchase: Online or on-site
  • Location: Old Town, right next to Warsaw’s Royal Palace.

Chopin Concerts Nowy Świat Muzyki

The concert starts a little earlier than other venues.
Easy access as the venue is located right in front of the subway station.

There is an official Facebook page, but it does not mention the performers or the program.
https://www.facebook.com/NowySwiatMuzyki/

  • Date & Time: 17:00~18:00 daily
  • Fee: 50 zloty (about 1500 yen)
  • How to purchase: Local purchase only
  • Location: Near Nowy Swiat Universytet subway station

Rich in character♪ Irregular Chopin Concerts

Young pianists perform at the Chopin Museum

In addition to the concerts introduced so far, there are various other concerts held in Warsaw on an irregular basis or on limited days of the week.

Each has its own unique theme and personality, so if there is one you are interested in, please go for it ^^.

Young Pianists Concert at the Chopin Museum

This concert was started with the aim of fostering young pianists.
Therefore, the fee is a whopping
1 zloty
!

For more information, visit the official website.

For schedule and ticket reservations, click here.
https://tickets.nifc.pl/rezerwacja/termin.html?id=245

  • Date & Time: Every Thursday from February to July and October to December from 6:00 p.m. (except holidays)
  • Fee: 1 zloty
  • How to purchase: Telephone reservations, Internet reservations, over the counter purchases
  • Location: Frederic Chopin Museum

Concert at Chopin’s birthplace

Chopin’s birthplace is located in Żelazowa Wola, about an hour’s drive from Warsaw.
Concerts are held there every year from May to September.

In fact, concerts at Chopin’s birthplace are quite famous in Warsaw, along with those at Wajenki Park.
The reason.
Because there will be a fairly famous pianist.

This year’s concert will feature the winners and prize winners of last year’s International Chopin Competition for Period Instruments.

You can view the 2019 concert schedule here.
http://en.chopin.nifc.pl/institute/concerts/zelazowa_wola/id/4715

I haven’t been there yet.
According to a friend who has been there
The venue was small and filled with people, so it was difficult to see what they were performing.

Chopin’s birthplace is also famous for its beautiful garden, so it might be a good idea to listen to the music while sightseeing.

  • Date and time: May-September, every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Admission to Chopin’s birthplace (museum): 23 zloty
  • Location: Chopin’s birthplace

At Chopin’s birthplace, concerts are held by music students.

Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
http://en.chopin.nifc.pl/institute/concerts/zelazowa_wola
http://muzeum.nifc.pl/pl/muzeum/koncerty/26_kwadranse-muzyczne

Chopin’s anniversary of death memorial concert at the Church of the Holy Cross

The Church of the Holy Cross, where Chopin’s heart is famously enshrined, holds a concert once a year on the anniversary of his death.

The piece to be performed that day is not a Chopin piece, but Mozart’s “Requiem”.
Mozart’s Requiem was played at Chopin’s funeral.
It is said that the music was selected at the request of Chopin himself.

  • Date: 10/17 from 8:00 p.m.
  • Fee: Free of charge
  • Location: Holy Cross Church

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I was not very familiar with classical music and when I heard Mozart’s “Requiem” it didn’t ring a bell, so I immediately searched for it on Youtube.

No way, it was the song from the Lotto 7 commercial (laughs).
It’s the one with Tsumabuki and Gibba that was on the air not too long ago.

This is the first time I have heard it properly outside of commercials.
If I hear this in church, I’ll get goosebumps from the emotion.

Pan Chopin

Free concerts are held on the last Monday of every month (except July and August).

The program and instruments change each month, and the program features music by Chopin as well as other composers.
(Sometimes there are no Chopin pieces on the program.)

It will be held in the Mirror Room of the Stasits Palace, right in front of the Copernicus statue.
Program details will be announced from the official website about 10 days before the event.
http://www.zdp.pan.pl/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=2&Itemid=121

  • Date: 7:00 p.m. on the last Monday of each month from September to June (except July and August)
  • Fee: Free of charge
  • Location: on New World Street (Nowy Świat). Mirror Room of Stasics Palace.

at the end

I have only been able to go to a few concerts.
I plan to attend concerts I have not yet been to and will update this page with recommendations and other information as needed ^^.

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