About the Festival
Eufonie is a music festival referring to the tradition of the regional community of most countries known today as Central and Eastern Europe, stretching from the Balkans, through Romania and Austria, the Visegrad Group countries, Ukraine and Belarus, to the Baltic ones, sometimes extended to Scandinavia. This area is a fascinating melting pot of Eastern and Western influences, bursting with cultural energy that has often defined the identity of nations without their own states.
This year's edition of the International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe Eufonie will focus on the period of Romanticism, in which, in addition to new forms and genres, the composers' interest in native folklore was of high importance. The focal point on the heritage of traditional culture of individual countries was most evident in the works of the representatives of the so-called national schools. They were composers in whose music the national identity was reflected through references to historical events or folk themes.
We will hear, among others, compositions by the Finnish composer Jan Sibelius, the Norwegian Edward Grieg known as the "Chopin of the North", and the Czech composers: Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček.
We have invited such groups to participate in this year's edition of the Festival: the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bogdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, and the Latvian Radio Choir.