Festival honours composer who helped Poland win independence
PR dla Zagranicy
An international music festival celebrating Polish pianist, composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski opened in Warsaw on Tuesday as part of events marking the centennial of national independence.
A portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, by painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1890. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Now in its fifth year, the International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival is due to run until November 28 and offers attractions such as symphonic and chamber concerts, film screenings and music workshops for children.
Being held in a host of venues around the Polish capital—including the National Philharmonic, the Royal Łazienki Park, the Royal Castle, and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music—the festival is expected to feature musicians from various countries.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was an internationally renowned pianist and composer as well as a prominent statesman who helped Poland regain independence in 1918 after 123 years of foreign rule.
New collector’s coins commemorating Paderewski were issued by the National Bank of Poland on Tuesday as Poland this year marks the centennial of recovering its sovereignty.