This piano festival has a long tradition running back to 1930. It consists of a series of concerts held in the cloister of Valldemossa Monastery. Its main focus is on works by Chopin, played by both renowned pianists as well as up-and-coming young talent. Apart from the piano recitals, the festival has other activities such as artistic installations and exhibitions of avant-garde plastic arts, performances, etc. These extras have been introduced to modernise and update the romantic message of Chopin and his partner, the writer George Sand. Dates from Aug 5, 2012 to Aug 26, 2012.
In 1930, the Mallorcan composer Joan Maria Thomàs created the Chopin Festival -the first in the world– with the assistance of the Boutroux-Ferrà couple, who offered him the use of cell number 2 in the Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa as the Festival’s headquarters.
Between 1931 and 1936 this musical enterprise hosted the most significant composers and performers of the early twentieth century. Some of its members were the Polish composers I. Paderewski, K. Szymanowski, A. Tasman and L. Rozycki; the Spaniards Manuel de Falla, Oscar Esplà, Ernesto Halffter, Frederic Mompou and Joaquín Turina; the Mallorcans Jaume Mas Porcel and Baltasar Samper. Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky and Alfredo Casella were also members of the Honorary Committee. Among others who performed in Palma and Valldemossa were Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Cortot, Alexandre Uninsky, Mieccio Horzowski, José Cubiles and Pau Casals, all of them essential reference points where the performance of works by Chopin is concerned.
More information: http://www.festivalchopin.com
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