“Romantic genius” is perhaps the most widespread description of one of the most famous and influential Polish composers and pianists of all time, Frédéric Chopin. As it happens to most geniuses, he died at the very premature age of 39. But what remains after the demise of the great composer is his music that lives on for centuries.
The main highlight of this programme, presented by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, is Chopin’s First Piano Concerto in E minor, which continues to enthral the audiences with its lyricism, nuanced dynamics and deeply touching expression. Piano solo part will be performed by Brazilian-born pianist Eliane Rodrigues who currently lives in Belgium. Having appeared with performances in 25 countries and mastered the repertoire of over 60 piano concerti, she is also active as a composer and often plays her own cadences in classical piano concerti. For the past few years, Rodrigues also appears on stage as a conductor. The works she performs mirror the traits of her own character and professional qualities, such as openness, spontaneity, sensitivity, virtuosity and the endless quest for perfection.
The programme “Romantic Genius” will be conducted by Polish conductor Michał Dworzyński. He has worked extensively in the UK, appearing with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and others. He also made successful debuts with the leading orchestras across Europe, as well as in Japan and Australia. Dworzyński has frequently appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and with other orchestras of his native Poland.
Under the baton of Michał Dworzyński, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra will also interpret works by Benjamin Britten, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar.