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Paderewski, Ignace Jan (Ignacy)

Born: 1860 AD
Died: 1941 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: Polish
Categories: Composers, Pianists, Politician


1860 - Born on November 18th in Kurylówka, Podolia province in Russian Poland. Polish pianist, composer, and statesman, who was prime minister of Poland.

1872-1878 - He studied music at the Warsaw Conservatory and taught piano there.

1880 - Married one of his pupils, Antonina Korsak, who died in childbirth the following year.

1884 - He studied in Vienna under Theodor Leschetizky, who did much to improve a limited technique.

         - He also taught at the Strasbourg Conservatory.

1887-1891 - He made his first public appearances as a pianist, in Vienna, Paris, London, and New York City.

1898 - He settled at Riond Bosson near Morges in Switzerland and the following year married Helena Gorska, Baroness von Rosen.

1901 - His opera Manru, dealing with life in the Tatra Mountains, was given at Dresden.

1909 - His Symphony in B Minor was given at Boston.

         - Became director of the Warsaw Conservatory.

1910 - Presented to the city of Kraków a monument commemorating the victory of the Poles over the Teutonic Order.

1919 - Paderewski reserved the portfolio of foreign affairs for himself, but his premiership was not a success. As a virtuoso Paderewski was accustomed to flattery, and he resented criticism. His ambition was to be elected president of the Polish Republic, but he was supported by no political party.

         - He resigned the premiership and returned to Riond Bosson.

1921 - He resumed his musical career, giving concerts in Europe and the United States, mainly for war victims.

1939 - A Polish government-in-exile, formed in Paris with General Wladyslaw Sikorski as prime minister, offered Paderewski the chairmanship of the Polish National Council.

1940 - He went to the United States.

1941 - Died on June 29th in New York City.


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