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Life of classical musician Chopin celebrated by exhibit, concerts

by Eriko Arita

The Min-On Music Museum in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin with an exhibit dedicated to the musician.

The museum is displaying replicas of scores written by Chopin and portraits of the composer and people he was close to in an exhibition about the great master of Romantic music.

Chopin was born in Poland in 1810. He started playing the piano at the age of 4, and at 22 he played his first concert in Paris. After that, he spent his time in France, composing until his death in 1849.

Chopin played an instrument made by Erard, a piano-maker based in Paris. A piano made by the company will be on display at the exhibition. A plaster cast of Chopin’s left hand will be shown.

Also look for a corner of the exhibit that is dedicated to the musician’s many muses.

The exhibition is being held at Min-On Music Museum in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays; closed Monday). Admission is free. For more information, visit museum.Mon-on.or.jp Philippe Entremont, a virtuoso pianist from France, will tour Japan in May to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his debut and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin. Entremont will play a selection of his own piano masterpieces in the first part of each recital and delve into Chopin’s pieces for the second part. The artist balances a successful career as a pianist while maintaining a busy schedule as a conductor. He has also been awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest decoration bestowed by the French government in the arts. The concert will be held in Fukushima on May 24; Tokyo on May 25; Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 28; Kyoto on May 30; Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, on May 31; Sapporo on June 1; Kobe on June 3; and Nagoya on June 4. Tickets cost ¥5,500 and up (price varies according to the venue). For more information, call the Min-On Concert Association at (03) 5362-3440 or visit www.min-on.or.jp