Sunday, October 11, 2015

Two Paderewski Festivals in November - Paso Robles, CA and Raleigh, NC

The Polish Pianist and Composer, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) will be celebrated at two Paderewski Festivals this November 2015.


The California Central Coast's Paderewski Festival is a four-day musical festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles' rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski - virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renowned talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards.

The 2015 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles (November 5-8, 2015) has an exciting line-up of talent for concert-goers to enjoy:  Gala Concert artist Thomas Pandolfi, an American pianist with a significant Polish repertoire, City of Angels Saxophone Quartet, Motion Trio Ensemble, 2015 Youth Piano Competition winners and students from this year's Youth Exchange Program to Poland. In addition, there will be a screening of Please find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki  (2012) and Paderewski Lecture Series: Paderewski's Influence on Paso Robles and History of the Festival.

If you are interested in learning more about musicians, please visit (the "Polish Masters" repertoire) and  A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy.  Visit:

► Thursday, November 5, 6:30 PM no host wine reception, 7 PM concert at Cass Winery. The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet celebrating the history of the saxophone

► Friday, November 6, 2:00 PM at Park Ballroom, Paso Robles. Master class with pianist Thomas Pandoli

► Friday, November 6, 7:00 PM at Park Ballroom. Wine reception and concert with Motion Trio Ensemble, featuring works by Lutosławski, Górecki, Kilar and others.

► Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM at Park Cinema. Screening of Please find -Henryk Górecki (director Violetta Rotter-Kozera, 2012), and exploration of this enigmatic composer and his unexpected worldwide fame.

► Saturday, November 7, 4:00 PM at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Recital of 2015 Youth Piano Competition winners.

► Saturday, November 7, 7:30 PM at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Gala Concert with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, featuring works by Chopin, Paderewski and Gershwin.  Wine reception by Epoch Estate Wines.

► Sunday, November 8, 12:00 PM at Cass Winery. Recital of 2015 Exchange Program participants Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven.  


The Second Annual Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival will be held in North Carolina on November 12-16, 2015. Initiated in 2014, the Festival will feature four concerts by distinguished pianists and one formal lecture celebrating the life and artistic contributions of Paderewski and his teacher Theodor Leschetizky.

► Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm, City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum), 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
Lecture and reception: Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II, Honorary Consul, Republic of Poland, Raleigh – ”Leschetizky, Paderewski, and Raleigh”

► Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm,Saint Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor
Pianist Hélène Tysman (Paris),  Chopin Competition laureate (finalist) in Warsaw, 2010.  She studied in Paris (Pierre-Laurent Aimard), Vienna (Oleg Maisenberg), and in Weimar.

► Friday, November 13, 11:00am - 2:00pm,Meredith College, Carswell Recital Hall. John Perry 2015 Master Class; Open to the public. A working session for piano professionals.

► Friday, November 13, 7:30pm,Cary Arts Center, Pianist Krzysztof Książek (Poland), Second Place Winner in the Paderewski Competition in Los Angeles, 2013.  Invited to the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

► Saturday, November 14, 2:30pm, North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium, Lecture by Adam Wibrowski (Paris, Kraków), Professeur de Piano, Conservatoire de Paris - ”Theodor Leschitzky: Performer and Pedagogue.”   Pianist Emil Reinert (Paris-Hamburg), Winner of the Leschetizky Prize, Hamburg, Germany, July 2015.  A 21-year-old student of Hubert Rutkowski in Hamburg, also studied in Paris.

►Sunday, November 15, 2:30 pm, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. Pianist: John Perry (Los Angeles), student of Władysław Kędra in Warsaw and Vienna: in direct line to Paderewski and Leschetizky. Perry studied with Kędra at the Akademie für Musik and with Carlo Zecchi at Santa Cecilia in Rome. A legendary piano pedagogue of Southern California and Toronto, he has taught at many other major music schools.  For more information visit the Festival’s website:

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