Copies of the Chopin Route made available to attendees of the Chopin Competition
Prior to the official launch of the Chopin Route guide book, those lucky enough to have a ticket for the 2015 Warsaw Chopin Competition finals received a copy this week. The guide, one of three routes which Lacrosse translated under an agreement with The Mazowian Regional Tourist Organisation (MROT), is due to be officially launched at the TT Tourist Fairs in Warsaw on 26/27 November according to their website.
Seong-Jin Cho from South Korea was announced as the winner of the 2015 competition on Wednesday after three weeks during which interpretations of the works of the Polish master have been the focus of international media attention. The highly sought-after tickets for the competition concerts were like gold dust and so there were live listening halls set up by the sponsor BZ WBK nearby. A music school on the Praga side of the river also provided free practice concerts by the entrants which were also packed with music lovers. Some of the musicians received up to 7 encores from the public.
Chopin’s heritage has been appreciated by healthy numbers of music-loving visitors and following the guide it is possible to visit a number of sites around Mazowsze associated with Chopin, including his residence and the Warsaw Chopin museum, opened for the bicentenary of his birth in 2010. At that time musical benches were installed in Lazienki Park next to the Chopin monument and a piano-styled zebra crossing was painted on Emilia Plater St. The easy-to-follow MROT guide, prepared in conjunction with the Chopin Institute, received a commendation at the Poznan Tourist Fairs awards last week.