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From the concert hall straight to your living room: “star” to make digital Chopin concerts accessible for all


Elmshorn, 26th of May 2020 – With the corona crisis affecting public life, there is often no room for cultural experiences. As such, this year the 3rd Chopin Festival in Hamburg has been postponed until the spring of 2021. In a bid to allow friends of Chopin to still enjoy classical music, the Chopin Society Hamburg & Sachsenwald is instead digitally taking the concert straight to people’s living rooms. This has also been made possible by the main sponsor ORLEN Deutschland and its star petrol stations. The first concert to be aired will be by pianist Sijia Ma at KAWAI Hamburg’s Shigeru Lounge on 29th of May 2020 at 20.15 via live stream (

ORLEN Deutschland, the subsidiary of the top-selling Central Eastern European group PKN ORLEN from Poland, is strongly involved in cultural events and especially in the promotion of young musicians. The company has also been the main sponsor of the Chopin Festival in Hamburg since last year. “We consider classical music to be an important part of culture – something we cannot and do not ever want to be without. Therefore, we promote outstanding musical performances and the culture surrounding classical music,” explains Oskar Skiba, Managing Director of ORLEN Deutschland GmbH and its petrol station brand star.

“The new format of livestream concerts is aimed specifically at addressing younger generations in particular. An important goal of ours is to inspire them with this music.”

The fact that Chopin was a Polish composer from the country of ORLEN Deutschland’s parent company makes him all the happier. Likewise, he is delighted to have internationally renowned pianist Sijia Ma starring in the first digital Chopin concert. As a soloist and chamber musician, her refreshingly light touch has left audiences enchanted in many countries across of Europe and Asia. Sijia Ma won her first competition at the age of nine and has gone on to win many other prizes. She has performed at major festivals such as the Mozart Festival in Warsaw as well as the Chopin Festival and Érard Festival in Hamburg.

She has put together a special programme for the digital classical music experience on 29th of May, during which she is set to perform F. Chopin’s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major Op. 22 and 4 Mazurkas Op. 41 (no. 1 in E minor, no. 2 in B major, no. 3 in A flat major, no. 4 in C sharp minor) and J. S. Bach/F. Busoni’s Adagio from Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C major, BWV 564.
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star – a strong brand from ORLEN Deutschland GmbH

star is the petrol station brand of ORLEN Deutschland GmbH, which has been on the German market since 2003 and is operating more than 580 petrol stations. The company, which is based in Elmshorn near Hamburg, is part of the Polish oil and energy group PKN ORLEN S.A., which is the largest enterprise in Central Eastern Europe (CEE), with an annual turnover of EUR 25 billion in 2018.

PKN ORLEN is a leading player on the fuel and energy market and is listed in prestigious global rankings such as Fortune Global 500, Platts TOP250 and Thompson Reuters TOP100.

The Group owns state-of-the-art integrated infrastructure, capable of producing more than 35 million tonnes of various crude oil types per annum and of marketing its products through the CEE-region’s largest network of more than 2,800 modern petrol stations. PKN ORLEN’s offering includes over 50 top-quality petrochemical and refining products sold in more than 90 countries around the world on 6 continents. 60 percent of the company's revenues are generated outside the country.

For the last few years, ORLEN has been established as the most valuable brand in Poland. PKN ORLEN is also the only company in the region that has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘The Most Ethical Company’ for the sixth time in a row by the American Ethisphere Institute.

ORLEN Deutschland GmbH
Klaudia Pawlak

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