Chopin & the Mendelssohns

Chopin & the Mendelssohns

Pianist Polina Leschenko joins the ACO for a program full of brilliant music-making, deep emotions and profound connections.


Touring to Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.


"I cannot praise Polina Leschenko too highly for her astonishingly fine performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1. From first note to last, it was clear we were in the presence of a master." – The West Australian

Polina Leschenko’s deep affinity with Chopin is a rare gift; so too is her remarkable rapport with Richard Tognetti and the ACO.

Polina makes a long-awaited return to the Orchestra with one of the most beloved Romantic works for piano and orchestra, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2. The second movement has the exquisite beauty of his later nocturnes and was inspired by unrequited love.

Chopin’s close friend Felix Mendelssohn brings Polina and Richard together in a Double Concerto abundant in individual displays of dazzling bravura from both soloists. This exceptional program closes with the energy and inventiveness of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s string quartet, arranged by Richard Tognetti.

Brilliant music-making, deep emotions and profound connections take 2023 out on a high.


Frédéric Chopin (arr. piano & strings) Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (arr. strings) String Quartet in E-flat major
Felix Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Piano in D minor



CONCERT duration
Approx. 2 hours, including interval
Playlist by the ACO
Preview playlist

Thu 9 Nov, 6:45pm

Sat 11 Nov, 6:15pm

Tue 14 Nov, 7:15pm

Wed 15 Nov, 6:15pm

Sun 12 Nov, 1:15pm

Mon 13 Nov, 6:15pm

Sat 18 Nov, 7:15pm

Sun 19 Nov, 1:45pm

Mon 20 Nov, 6:45pm

Tue 21 Nov, 6:45pm

Tue 21 Nov, 6:45pm


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