After learning of Chopin's death, his friend Auguste Clésinger ran to his bedside to make a death mask of his face and a solid bronze cast of his left hand.
A jewel of the Art Nouveau era, the monument in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park depicting Chopin plunged into contemplation under a rustling willow tree was first unveiled in 1926.
Soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and pianist Michał Biel, are currently recording an hour-long CD to bring Polish classical music to an international audience while at the same time breaking the Chopin-only stereotype that they believe exists about the nation’s musical heritage.
Warsaw’s delightful little ul. Samborska (Samborska Street) is 22 metres long, 2.7 metres wide and doesn’t have a single building registered on it. It was not until 2010, almost half a century after it disappeared from the map that its street status was restored and a plaque erected in its honour.
Canadian Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu is the winner of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin, which organises the contest, announced in the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
Bought for a few złotys 28 years ago from a market near Lublin, when the current owner discovered the true value of the small oil on canvass he was so astonished he crashed his car into a ditch.
Performed in what the organisers call the ‘Piano capital of the world’, the competition which has 16 hopefuls from Poland is one of the most prestigious global music events.
The striking portrait by Warsaw artist Urszula Kamińska will go on display at the airport’s VIP ‘Polonez’ business lounge after airport official’s spotted her work on a fridge and decided to commission the piece.
Four Chopin manuscripts from the collection of Poland's Jagiellonian Library are to be included on the National List of the UNESCO 'Memory of the World' Programme, the library has announced.
An international music festival devoted to the works of Chopin and other composers such as Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Józef Nowakowski, Franciszek Lessel will run from August 15 to September 1.