You can still win a trip to Warsaw for the Finals of the first ever Chopin Competition on historical instruments, to be held in September 2018 in Warsaw. The finalist will be performing selected Chopin works for piano and orchestra, accompanied by the legendary Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. The package includes a round trip flight for one person, two tickets for the Finals, three days of accommodation and a tour to Zelazowa Wola, Chopin’s birthplace. To qualify for the draw, you will have to be a subscriber OR a single ticket holder for the Blechacz recital. The draw will be held at Rafal Blechacz’s 20th anniversary Gala Performance on April 22, 2018.
Every subscriber gets two entries, and a single ticket holder for Blechacz’s concert gets one entry. You can increase your chances of winning by buying additional discounted tickets for his concert for your family or friends. For example by being a subscriber and buying two extra tickets (a 20% discount), you receive 4 entries (with chances of winning of 1 in 200).

Our first concert of the season, Seong-Jin Cho’s Canadian debut at the Chan Centre was completely sold out. The subscriptions are still available for the remaining three concerts. 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!

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