Paderewski, Ignace Jan
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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