Photo: Anne-Lene Riber 

Frédéric Chopin


The Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810 -1849) inspiration came from composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart and Shubert, as well as Polish folk music and Italian opera.


Chopin was a great man of his time, a close friend to Franz Liszt and admired by composers of the time, such as Robert Schumann. Chopin was also a great inspiration to other composers, such as Edvard Grieg, Antonin Dvorák, Isaac Albéniz, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Serge Rachmaninov, Alexander Scrabin & Moritz Moszkowski.


During the course on her international career, Tanja Zapolski has worked together with some of the best conductors and musicians from both the classical and non-classical world. As a solo pianist, Tanja plays often with symphony orchestras both in Denmark and abroad. Her musical interests span a broad variety of music and her repertoire starts from the early baroque period, all the way to modern compositions and electronic music.


At a very young age, Tanja started her career as a classical pianist and has won many awards and competitions. Already at the age of eight, Tanja was a soloist with an orchestra where she played  Haydn’s piano concert. At the age of 15, Tanja started her education at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and in the years that followed, she has played for many classical concerts in Denmark and abroad, both as a soloist and a chamber musician.


Other than being one of the best pianists in Denmark, she has also gained distinction for her openness and curiosity concerning new methods of creating experiences in classical music, using her playful and experimental approach.



Tanja Zapolski’s parents are the piano educator Bella Zapolski and the violinist Alexandre Zapolski. She was born in the Ukraine (1980) and started to play the piano at the age of seven. Already the year after, she performed as a soloist with an orchestra for the first time. In 1992, Tanja moved to Denmark, as her father was engaged with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and shortly thereafter, began to study with Anne Øland. Zapolski started her education at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1996 and in 2001 was admitted to the Rubinstein Academy in Düsseldorf. In 2003, she graduated from the Academy with honours, whereafter she was admitted at a soloist in 2005 and completed her education with Amalie Malling in 2008.


- A journey through music, dance and dialogue with piano virtuoso, Tanja Zapolski and choreographer, Tim Rushton


Danish Dance Theatre starts the season off with a new performance concept that mixes dance and live music together with the company’s Artistic Director, Tim Rushton’s fascination with the classical composer Fréderic Chopin. Tim Rushton and classical pianist virtuoso, Tanja Zapolski, travel on a journey together through dance, classical music and music history. A journey that crosses between artistic genres, digging deep into their common passion for Chopin, his sources of inspiration and moving compositions.


Concept: Tim Rushton
Choreography: Tim Rushton

Dancers: Danish Dance Theatre's dancers

Live Music: Pianist Tanja Zapolski

Time & Place: 

The Royal Danish Opera, The Foyeren
2nd -  5th of August 2017

60 min