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.
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.
Regarded as one of the greatest Poles of the 20th century, the outdoor display honours the man that committed much of his life to campaigning for an independent Poland.
Organized by the Warsaw-based Desa Unicum, the items which go on public display tomorrow (September 11th) were provided by Szpilman’s sons and even include the Omega pocket watch and Mont Blanc fountain pen he kept with him during the war.
The famed Łazienki concerts will be broadcast over the internet to keep the culture flowing.
We used to look up to our political leaders. Then we idolized the artists. Our search for the next Paderewski may be a long one. These days they don’t make men of that class and authority. Or maybe we just don’t need them anymore?
TFN looks at the life of Chopin in Warsaw and how the city influenced the budding composer’s life and work.
Parts of the musical 'Blacksmith', inspired by the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a renowned Polish composer, pianist and statesman, an icon of Polish independence, were performed in New York's Public Space in Manhattan on Thursday.
With both a glittering pre and post-war musical career, after surviving the war through a combination of luck, the bravery of pre-war friends and the unlikely intervention of a music-loving German officer, Szpilman was later accused of being a Gestapo agent.
Despite being blind since birth the 13-year-old boy plays the piano and had always dreamed of performing live before a crowd.
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