2024 | Parallel programme Alternative space | 14 June, 19:00
Intermezzo Programme


Recital by Sylvain Morizet (grand piano) at Radio Varna

Frederic Chopin’s Paris period, marked by his forced exile from Poland, is represented through a recital that highlights his prolific work during these years of change. While Chopin found refuge in Paris, far from his native land, he composed some of his most iconic works, expressing both his musical genius and his deep sense of loss and nostalgia.

The recital begins with Ballade Op. 23 in G minor, the first of his ballades, a form Chopin refined to transform musical narrative. Composed after his arrival in Paris, this compelling work combines dramatic lyricism and technical innovation, reflecting the anguish and hope of an artist in exile.

Through haunting waltzes and introspective nocturnes, Chopin captures the essence of the Romantic spirit of the age while infusing his compositions with melancholic notes specific to his experience as an exile. The evening also includes mazurkas that celebrate his Polish heritage and polonaises that resonate with the spirit of resistance and national pride.

This evocative presentation of Chopin’s repertoire provides insight into his struggle to maintain his artistic identity away from home. It is a celebration of the resilience and beauty born from the heart of one of the greatest piano composers of all time.

Sylvain Morizet (b. 1982) e began playing the piano at the age of 9 in Besançon where he was awarded first prizes in piano, accompaniment and chamber music at the conservatory. In 2003 he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and undertook studies in the Formation Supérieure for Sound Professions, in parallel to the writing course within the same establishment. Since 2009, Sylvain works mainly as an orchestrator alongside Jean-Pascal Beintus, for the cinema (Valerian, The Shape of Water…) as well as for the symphonic variety (Johnny Hallyday, Roberto Alagna, Florent Pagny). He also signs the composition of several soundtracks for films, for various formations (symphonic, big band, percussion ensemble). He performs regularly in concert.


The event is organized by Varna Summer International Music Festival and Varna Summer International Theatre Festival together with Alliance Française – Varna.

Tickets Price: 12 BGN / 10 BGN for Alliance Française members, students and pensioners Duration: 75 min.


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