Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in 1860 in the village of Kurylowka, Podolia, Poland. He studied at the Warsaw Musical Institute and with many Eastern European teachers. He became one of Poland’s world renowned pianists and composers. Although his own compositions are well known, Paderewski was widely praised for his renditions of Chopin. In addition to delighting Poland and the world with his music for over 50 years, Paderewski also became one of Poland’s great statesmen.
At the beginning of World War I, Paderewski founded a committee to assist the people of Poland and established branches in Paris, London and throughout the United States.
Paderewski’s efforts, with support from the American government and American people, helped Poland regain her freedom after World War I. He was also one of the signers of the Paris Peace Treaty which was responsible for reestablishing the proper boundaries between Poland and her neighbors. Paderewski became the chief framer of the Polish Constitution of 1919 and served as Poland’s delegate to the League of Nations in Geneva. Upon Poland’s Independence, in 1918, Paderewski became its Prime Minister and Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
Paderewski became ill during a mission to the United States while requesting additional support for Poland against Hitler’s Nazi invaders. He died in New York City on June 29, 1941, and his body was interred in Arlington Cemetery, near Washington D.C.
It was Paderewski’s wish to be reburied in Poland when his homeland was again free.
This wish became a reality on June 28, 1992, when his body was returned to Poland and laid to final rest with full honors from the American and free Polish government.
There are hundreds of organizations around the world named after Ignacy Jan Paderewski to honor his life and efforts on behalf of the Polish people.
Source: Polish American Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA: http://www.polishamericancenter.org/
2010 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
November 10 – 14, 2010
In the mid 1930s, Paderewski expressed a wish to establish free music education for talented youth in Paso Robles, a community where he once owned large ranches with vineyards and almond groves. This year’s anniversary edition of the Festival will honor Paderewski’s initiative to bring music to fellow Californians by making all concerts during the 2010 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles free of charge. To accommodate the highest possible number of concertgoers, reservations are strongly suggested by proceeding to order your free tickets here. Otherwise, seating will be on a first-come basis.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Festival Prelude – Performers: Barbara Doroszuk and Marian Michalski
Vina Robles Winery, 3700 Mill Road, Paso Robles at 6:00 p.m. Admission: FREE. Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Student Exchange Program
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Festival Opening Concert: Paso Robles High School Band and Choir
Mission San Miguel, 775 Mission Street, San Miguel at 7:00 p.m. Admission: FREE. Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Paso Robles
Friday, November 12, 2010
Master Class with Pianist Jonathan Plowright
California Polytechnic Arts Center, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo at 2:00 p.m. Admission: FREE
Polish Jazz Concert: Krzesimir Dębski, Anna Jurksztowicz and Friends
Cass Winery, 7350 Linn Road, Paso Robles at 6:00 p.m. No-host wine reception and music to follow. Admission: FREE
Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Paso Robles
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tour of Paderewski’s Former Property, Lunch and Wine Tasting at Epoch Estate Winery
Epoch Estate Wines, 2555 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Admission: Available with Friends of Paderewski 2010 VIP Pass only (limeted to 30 guests)
"Paderewski Dedications" – An Audio-Visual Presentation: Lecture by Dr. Małgorzata Perkowska
Paso Robles Inn, Matador Room, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles at 2:30 p.m. Admission: FREE. Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Paso Robles
2010 Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Concert
Paso Robles Inn, Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE. Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Paso Robles
2010 Paderewski Festival Gala Concert: Pianist Jonathan Plowright
Paso Robles Inn, Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles at 8:00 p.m. Admission: FREE, Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Paso Robles
Sunday, November 14, 2010
"Festival Finale" Exchange Students’ Recital and Brunch
Barbara Doroszuk and Marian Michalski (students from the Tarnów-Paso Robles Exchange Program)
Pear Valley Winery, 4900 Union Road, Paso Robles at 11:00 a.m. Admission: FREE (recital) / $20.00 (brunch). Donations are being accepted towards the Paderewski Festival Paso Robles
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Paderewski Festival Paso Robles, California