History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

1860, FE Clark
1860, Mahler

1860, Paderewski

Portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, painted by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1890, in the National Museum, Warsaw, Poland.
Portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1890. 1

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860 – 1941): Polish Pianist, Composer, Prime Minister of Poland

  • Studied at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music.
  • On the advice of his friend Anton Rubinstein (who urged Paderewski to further dedicate his studies on the piano), he became a student of Student of Theodor Leschtizky.
  • His piano career spanned over 50 years.
  • While on various tours in America, he gives many benefit performances one of which is at Madison Square Garden to help raise funds for unemployed American musicians.
  • Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles named after him.

Page Sources

Alma-Tadema, Lawrence Sir.  Portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.  1890.   National Museum, Warsaw.  Flickr.  Flickr, a Yahoo Company, 30 May 2007.  Web.  27 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.
Additional References:
  • "Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1860 – 1941."  Paderewski Fest.  Paderewski Festival, n.d.  Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
  • Gessner, Teresa.  "Patriot, Composer, Piano Virtuoso, Philanthropist, Statesman."  Info-Poland.  Polish Academic Information Center, University at Buffalo, 2000.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
  • "Ignacy Jan Paderewski."  The Paderewski Association.  The Paderewski Association, 2006 – 2014.  Web.  17 Sept 2015.
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