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Classical Composers A-Z: Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Peter Wintersgill presents a potted biography of Ignacy Jan Paderewski who began composing at the age of six.

Born
18th November, 1860, in Kurylowka, Poland.

Childhood
Began composing at age six.

Adolescence
Studied at Warsaw Music Institute from age 12 to 18. Studied in Vienna from age 24 to 27 with Leschetizky.

Adult Life
Married fellow student, Antonina, in 1880, she died next year giving birth to their son.

From 1890 he began a career as a concert pianist, touring Europe, UK, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He played to Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle in 1891.

During the summers he wrote a piano concerto (1888), an opera Manru (1901), a symphony (1907) and a minuet in G, which can often be heard.

In 1897 he married for the second time, his bride was Helena, Baroness de Rosen.

Being a great orator, he toured the country during World War I, making speeches to raise money for the war effort. In 1919 he became the first Prime Minister of an independent Poland, but resigned after only a year.

In 1938 he appeared in the film The Moonlight Sonata.

He died 29th June, 1941, in New York aged 80.

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