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A Tribute to Fryderyk Chopin, Patron of Warsaw University of Music. PIANO RECITAL by Piotr Paleczny and Karolina Nadolska 22 February 2020

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As we slowly approach the birthday of Fryderyk Chopin, the celebratory events begin to appear on the list like a regiment of Polish Hussars on parade. This recital was the first.


A cloud hovers over the birth date of Fryderyk in a rather characteristic Polish way. The year 1810 is not seriously in dispute but the Chopin family insisted on March 1 while the baptismal certificate records a birth date of February 22 over which controversy still rages in the minds of some. Celebrations in Warsaw occur throughout the week which neatly covers all possibilities. He was brother to three intelligent and talented sisters. The family moved to Warsaw soon after his birth into an apartment in a wing of the superb Saxon Palace where Mikołaj became a professor at the Warsaw Liceum (High School).  
Chopin possesses an unrivaled position as Poland’s national composer and its musical wieszcz.[1]His music is the beating heart of the country. The great Polish poet Cyprian Norwid (1821-1883) described Chop…

The 50th National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, 1-9 February 2020, Warsaw, Poland

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The National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition took place for the first time in 1968 and currently is one of the most important piano competition in Poland. Organised by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, it is dedicated to Polish young musicians: students of the Academies of Music as well as the Secondary Schools of Music. It is carried out every year (with the exception of the years that precede the International Chopin Competition) and it can be a ticket to the participation in the international competition (the 1st and 2nd prize allow to take part in the International Chopin Competition without the first preliminary stage); many prizewinners of the national competition were successful later in the International Chopin Competition (Janusz Olejniczak, Krystian Zimerman, Ewa Pobłocka, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Wojciech Świtała, Rafał Blechacz). The upcoming edition of the National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will take place in Warsaw, on 1–9 February 2020. The programme of the competitio…