About Festival* * *
Gdańsk Music Festival 2014 is a continuation of a project which was realized for the first time in 2008. The form of the festival is open, however the influence on every edition has its message or an Artist in Residence.
In 2009 a composer - Elżbieta Sikora, agreed to take this function, in 2010 it was a prominent pianist, laureate of Xth International F. Chopin Competition in Warsaw - Ewa Pobłocka, in 2011 on of the greatest stars of Polish vocalistic - Stefania Toczyska, in 2012 an outstanding violinnist - Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, in 2013 it was one of the most prominent Polish musicians of the lat decades – Włodzimierz Nahorny.
Gdańsk Music Festival 2014 will take place in a very special time, which is Lent and the month in which the Pope John Paul II to whom the festiwal is dedicated will be canonized. That is why in its programme will be predominated by European vocal and vocal – instrumental music from 17th to 21th century.
The Festival will start on 4th April 2014 in Archcathedral Basilica of The Holy Trinity in Gdańsk Oliwa.
We will hear Ein deutches Requiem op. 45 (Johannes Brahms). The Festival will end in St. John’s Church with an oratorio The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross.(Joseph Haydn).
The contrast for this works will surely be a composition written on request of the ensemble PHØNIX16 from Berlin, Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem by young Polish composer Dariusz Przybylski.
The concert of The Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the direction Arthur Arnold with a very accomplished pianist Mikhail Petukhov,
will also be a significant event. What is more there will also be a recital of an Israeli pianist, the laureate of L. van Beethoven Competition, Ishay Shaer
and a concert of one of the most famous string quartets Emmerson String Quartet.
As on every edition of the festival there will be the concerts of Gdańsk music – old and contemporary, and as always the concerts will take place
in the whole region, in Sopot, Starogard Gdański, Elbląg, Trąbki Wielkie and Pruszcz Gdański.