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Seong-Jin Cho, Yundi and Nelson Freire close out 'Chopin and His Europe' festival in Warsaw / Radio Poland

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The 19-day Chopin and His Europe festival has come to a close in Warsaw and showcased more than 40 events in all --including recitals, orchestral and chamber concerts, oratorios and a semi-staged performance of Verdi's opera Macbeth – and such pianists as Chopin competition winners Seong-Jin Cho, Yulianna Avdeeva, Yundi and Garrick Ohlsson. Ohlsson won the international Chopin piano competition in Warsaw in 1970. Other performers included Piotr Anderszewski, Szymon Nehring, Nelson Freire, Andreas Staier, Howard Shelley and Angela Hewitt.

The annual festival aims to present the 19th-century European music scene from Chopin's perspective, with a special emphasis on the trends that shaped Chopin's individual idiom.

Launched in 2005, the Chopin and His Europe Festival was held for the 13th time, and in addition to Chopin, the event promoted Polish composers who remain little known internationally although many say their music deserves wider exposure. These include Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Juliusz Zarębski, Władysław Żeleński and Józef Elsner, who was Chopin's composition teacher. 

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