Chopin Piano FEST “Prishtina” is a Festival established for the first time on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Chopin in 2010 by the Kosovo Chopin Association. Because of its great success and appreciation by the audience in Kosovo, it has become a traditional piano festival which is held in springtime (April) every year.The festival is highly appreciated by critics, fans and the growing audience as an excellent presentation of the mastery of piano, offering interpretations by both world renowned pianists and local talents.
ChopinPiano FEST Prishtina offers opportunity to see and enjoy live piano performances by local and international distinguished pianists performing piano works not only of Chopin, but also of other well known composers, classical and contemporary ones. The attractive program is selected and prepared ( in cooperation with participating artists) by Festival Artistic Director Prof. Lejla Haxhiu-Pula, the first pianist in Kosovo. With her experience and knowledge as the main piano professor at the University of Prishtina since the 70′s she makes sure that our festival programme offer new insights into piano music repertoire by different musicians worldwide.
Chopin Piano FEST Prishtina does usually take place in April with two to three concerts being held within each week . The closing concert is always organized with the cooperation of Kosovo Philharmonics and offers two different piano concertos at the evening. A local Kosovar pianist and an international pianist perform various piano concertos in cooperation with the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.
The festival offers concerts, master classes with students and symposium/round tables dedicated to the life and work of composers whose anniversaries are marked on the actual year worldwide.
With the adequate support from institutions and businesses that value cultivated arts and see a good opportunity of self-promotion, the ChopinPianoFEST Prishtina will further outshine its success of the past years.
Kosovo Chopin Association
Secretary General & Festival Manager