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.