Ignace Jan Paderewski

Biography

Born: November 18, 1860; Kurylowka, Poland   Died: June 29, 1941; New York, NY  
Paderewski's career had a Faustian cast. His demonically driven determination to become a concert pianist, his magical audience rapport, his rapture-rife music, his political career as Poland's first prime minister, and his subsequent efforts to rescue Poland from political quagmire wear a legendary aura more often encountered in poetry. Born to a well-off, cultivated family, young Paderewski received piano lessons from an early age, entering the Read more Warsaw Music Institute before he was 12 to study piano, harmony, and counterpoint. Upon graduation in 1878 the Institute engaged him as a piano teacher. By 1880 he was married and a year later found himself a widower and father of a son. Forsaking the musical backwater of Warsaw for cosmopolitan Berlin, Paderewski pursued composition studies between 1881 and 1883 while moving in the social orbit of the greatest musicians of the day: a young Richard Strauss, for instance, and the lionized Anton Rubinstein. Moszkowski was influential in having Paderewski's early piano pieces published. Feeling the need for further piano study, Paderewski applied in 1884 to the great Polish pianist and pedagogue Theodor Leschetizky who, upon hearing him, cried "Too late, too late!" Despite talent, Paderewski did not possess a fluent mécanique -- during three intensive years with Leschetizky, he transformed mediocre ability into a world-class technique. But well before his Vienna debut in 1888, the beginning of his career, Paderewski possessed the hypnotic, leonine, compelling presence that informed his playing and brought him world fame. This began with appearances in London and New York in 1890 and over 100 concerts in the U.S. and Canada immediately following -- a grueling schedule that was annually repeated. Other tours took him to South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the greater and lesser cities of Europe. From the late 1880s into the new century, major compositions fell from his pen -- the celebrated Minuet in G, Op. 14/1 (1887), a Piano Concerto (1888), the opera Manru (1892-1901), a Piano Sonata (1903), and a Symphony (1903-1909). Box office success was translated into good works, sponsorship of competitions, and in 1915, the Polish Victims Relief Fund. In 1919 he was chosen independent Poland's first Prime Minister, in which capacity he signed the Versailles treaty. He resumed his concert career in 1922, touring into old age and frailty to raise funds for the Polish cause in the wake of the Nazi invasion in 1939. Dying in New York in 1941, he was given a hero's burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Read less
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  • 1.
    A Century Of Romantic Chopin
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54001 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Alfred Cortot,  Rosita Renard,  Sydney Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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    Ignace Paderewski - Final Recordings 1937-38
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5636 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Welte-mignon Piano Vol 2 - Hotel Waldhaus Sils-maria
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7111 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sydney Smith,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Carl Schmidt,  Felix Mottl,  Arthur Friedheim,  David Schor  ... 
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    Paderewski - His Earliest Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6006 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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  • 5.
    Grand Piano - Chopin / Paderewski, Scharwenka
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8816 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Franz Xaver Scharwenka,  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Grand Piano - Debussy / D'albert, Copeland, Grainger, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8807 Release Date: 07/06/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Eugčne d' Albert,  Artur Rubinstein,  Myra Hess,  George Copeland  ... 
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    Grand Piano - The Grand Piano Era / Bauer, Busoni, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8801 Release Date: 01/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Ignaz Friedman,  Josef Hofmann,  Frederic Lamond,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
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