Duszniki Zdrój – the summer capital of world piano art.
It is definitely not an overstatement. Every year at the beginning of August crowds of music lovers come to Duszniki to listen to the most outstanding pianists from around the world.
The International Chopin Piano Festivals have taken place in Duszniki-Zdrój since 1946 as a celebration of Fryderyk Chopin’s stay and concert in Duszniki-Zdrój in 1826.
We can listen to the best interpretations of his works and works of other composers played in the same concert room in which Chopin once played. All most eminent pianists awarded with the most prestigious prizes of international pianist contests have so far taken part in the Festival. These include: Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Stefan Askenaze, Światosław Richter, Stanisław Neuhaus, Garrick Ohlsson, Piotr Paleczny, Dang Tahai Son, Krystian Zimerman, Arkadi Volodos, Yundi Li and Rafał Blechacz.