We are excited and proud to welcome you to the Vancouver Chopin Society’s 20th Anniversary recital series. Our upcoming season includes solo recitals by four great performers.

Subscribers not only enjoy the best seats, but also save up to 30% over single ticket prices. If you are a current subscriber and would like to retain the same seats, please renew your subscription before June 30th. Our box office this season will be at the Chan Centre. If you are renewing and want to keep your seats, please call the VCS at 604.871.4450. All new subscribers can either call the Chan Centre box office at 604.822.2697 or the VCS 604.871.4450.

Seong-Jin Cho, gold medalist at the 17th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, will kickstart our celebratory season with his Vancouver debut. Then, Janusz Olejniczak will perform Chopin on a historic instrument, our very first collaboration with Early Music Vancouver. He will play two recitals with different programmes.  For each of the two concerts, he will play the first half on a period instrument and the second half on a modern piano. If you have seen the Oscar-winning movie The Pianist you will be excited to learn that the piano music in the film was played by none other than Olejniczak. Rafal Blechacz, who took a yearlong sabbatical after winning the Gilmore Artist Award in 2016, will return to Vancouver for a Gala Performance celebrating our 20th Anniversary. No stranger to Vancouver, Alexander Gavrylyuk, one of today’s top pianists, returns to our city to round out this extraordinary season. And there’s more!

As part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we will be presenting a truly unique event, a first for North America. Maria Pomianowska and her folk band will first demonstrate the influence of folk music on Chopin’s creative genius. We hope to help music lovers, students, teachers and other performers gain a unique insight into Chopin’s music by demonstrating the specific features and characteristics of music from the Polish countryside, music that so sparked the imagination of the young Chopin. In the same concert, Pomianowska, along with a string orchestra and an array of world musicians, will take us on a creative and imaginary journey to today’s Paris, to look at how Chopin’s music would inspire the creativity of musicians from around the globe. Do not miss this! Although this is not part of the regular series, subscribers enjoy a 30% discount for this very special event.

In addition Dr. Margit McCorkle will lecture on a topic of relationship between Chopin and Schumann.