About Festival

Felix Mendelssohn first came to Duszniki in 1823.  At the time, he gave concerts with a local orchestra, composed, and rested. What traces of the composer remain today in the small spa in southern Poland? We will be able to find out during the concerts and events of the upcoming 7th Felix Mendelssohn-Barthold International Chamber Music Festival. The festival has already managed to become part of the region's tradition. In 2022, after a gap of seven years, it reappeared in a new edition. The aim of the organisers - the Association of Artistic Initiatives 'Bridges of Culture' and the Duszniki Cultural Centre - is to present the composer's chamber works and to internationalise the Festival.

As part of last year's - sixth - edition, invited guests included the Silesian Quartet, Geoffrey Govier, Volodia Mykytka, Ewa Tracz, Robert Kowalski, Tomasz Daroch and Magdalena Zawartko with ensemble.
The guiding principle accompanying the programme of the 7th edition is contained in the subtitle Following the Mendelssohn Trail.
"We want to present the spectrum of the composer's oeuvre as fully as possible, but also outline the musical background of his era. We are offering audiences a diverse artistic programme that is a kind of reflection of current trends in the music market in Europe. We will look at Mendelssohn's oeuvre through the prism of historical performance of the 19th century, Baroque and jazz inspirations, or by savouring the interpretations of outstanding musicians playing contemporary instruments,' explains Artistic Director Krzysztof Karp. - explains the artistic director, Krzysztof Karpeta.
All festival events will help to bring closer the works of the great German composer, whose residence in this area is still little known. This year, we will hear, among others, the Szymanowski Quartet, Maria Gabryś-Heike, Marcin Koziel, Wojciech Myrczek and the Książek PianoDuo. There will also be accompanying events dedicated to young audiences: choral workshops with the excellent conductor Izabela Polakowska-Rybska or master classes with the Szymanowski Quartet. The festival will be the highlight of the celebrations of the Year of Felix Mendelssohn in Duszniki Zdrój. Detailed information on FB/MendelssohnFestivalDuszniki and on the website mendelssohnfestival.pl.

We cordially invite you to Duszniki in September!


Festival General Director - Monika Kruk
Stowarzyszenie Mosty Kultury

Director of the Department of Culture of the Cultural Centre - Justyna Janicka


Krzysztof Karpeta
dyrektor artystyczny
Monika Kruk
Monika Kruk
dyrektor organizacyjny
Justyna Janicka
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