An exhibition Pianos With a Past presenting photographs from "The Piano in Polish Collections" website will open on 25 June 2016 at 4 pm at the seat of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw. The exhibition will run until the end of August.
The exhibition presents a selection of photographs taken by Waldemar Kielichowski during work on "The Piano in Polish Collections" project www.fortepian.instrumenty.edu.pl
“The exhibition Pianos With a Past presents the most beautiful photographs taken during work on The Piano in Polish Collections project. It reveals what is hidden inside the piano – the mechanisms manufactured with masterly precision, beautifully decorated frames, exquisitely profiled keys, as well as dismantled pianos and the surprising devices inside; an observant eye will also notice the traces of unwanted residents in the instruments which in the past lacked adequate conservator’s care”. Agata Mierzejewska
The exhibition will open on Saturday 25 June 2016 at 4 pm before the concert from the Summer Concerts on Grochowska Street series. The exhibition will run throughout the summer at the seat of Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra at 272 Grochowska St. in Warsaw and can be visited during the summer concerts. The event is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance and the City Culture Centre in Bydgoszcz.
You are welcome to visit.
The Piano in Polish Collections project was realised by the Institute of Music and Dance in 2015. It presents over 120 historical pianos from the Andrzej Szwalbe Collection in Ostromecko near Bydgoszcz, the Museum of Industrial History in Opatówek near Kalisz, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Diocesan Museum in Sandomierz.
At present the www.fortepian.edu.pl website presents over 1200 photographs of Polish and foreign pianos from 1774–1954, including pianos played by Chopin, Noskowski and Liszt, as well as some rare items like Caspar Amberg boudoir piano, the oldest Ignacy Skurski piano preserved in Poland, a still functioning Janissary mechanism in a 200-year-old instrument from Królewiec, and original hybrids.
The website presents the most extensive comparative material in Poland, the history of nearly 80 piano manufacturers in Poland and Europe, an interactive classification, recordings of music played on period instruments, and video interviews with outstanding pianists talking about historical interpretations. The website is bilingual and can be accessed on mobile devices.