The 2nd Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Festival will be held in Warsaw from 6 to 12 November - in the Royal Łazienki, in the Polish Theatre, in the Lutoslawski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio and in the Royal Castle and the Fryderyk Chopin Musical University.
The official inauguration of the Festival will be on 6 November, on the 155th anniversary of the birthday of the outstanding Polish pianist. The Polish Theatre in Warsaw (at 8 p.m.) will stage the performance of the Academic Choir of the University of Warsaw which will perform the Rota of Feliks Nowowiejski and pieces of music of the Festival’s patron - Hej, Orle biały and Nad wodą bystrą i czystą. The audience will also hear fragments of the Manru opera by Paderewski performed by soprano Katarzyna Laskowska and tenor Rafal Bartmiński. Barcarole in F sharp major Op. 60 and other works of Fryderyk Chopin will be played on the piano by Wojciech Kocyan.
On 7 November, during the Festival International Day, at the Royal Castle (at 6:30 p.m.) we will hear, among other things, the four-handed performance of the "Polish National Dance Op 9" (Tańce polskie op. 9 na cztery ręce) of Paderewski by a piano duet from Mallorca - Albert Diaz and Xavier Muta and the Piano Sonata No. 3 in h minor of Fryderyk Chopin performed by Zhao Chinese, a Swiss artist of Chinese origin. "Baal Shem Suite" by Ernest Bloch, "Piano and violin suite" of Witold Lutosławski and other pieces will be played by a Swiss duo - Rachel Kolly D’Alba and Christian Chamorel.
On the next day, in W. Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio (at 7 p.m.), the Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus will play under the baton of Tadeusz Strugala, accompanied by the Swiss pianist Melodie Zhao.
From 8 November, the 2nd Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Festival will move to the Royal Łazienki. On that day, in the Palace on the Isle (at noon), a concert will take place including piano works composed by I. J. Paderewski.
On the following day before noon (at 11 a.m.), you are invited to the Myślewicki Palace for a panel discussion devoted to the person and works of the outstanding musician, and in the evening (at 6 p.m.) to the Royal Theatre for a concert of the series "Paderewski - Jazz Inspirations". This year, a special and original programme of songs of I. J. Paderewski and Z. Stojowski was prepared by Krzesimir Debski. Among the soloists we will see: Emose Uhunmwangho from the Capitol Musical Theatre in Wrocław, Anna Jurksztowicz, Mieczysław Szcześniak and Maciej Miecznikowski.
On 10 November (at 6 p.m.), a recital "The Salon of the Rejected Ones" gathering the pianists who did not qualify for the last stage of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will take place in the Royal Theatre.
On the Independence Day, on 11 November (at 10 a.m.), in the Officer Cadets School the guests will be invited to watch films dedicated to the memory of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and in the evening (at 7 p.m.) at the Fryderyk Chopin Musical University, a gala patriotic concert will take place with the participation of the students and graduates of the university.
The Festival will end on 12 November (at 7 p.m.) with a concert in W. Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio. Sinfonia Varsovia, under the baton of Marta Kluczyńska, will play the Overture in E flat major and the Piano Concerto in A minor op. 17 and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Opus 55 "Simfonia Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven.
In addition, from 2 to 15 November, the Outdoor Gallery of the Royal Łazienki will host an exhibition devoted to the eminent musician entitled "Paderewski wygrał Polskę na fortepianie" (Paderewski played/won Poland on the piano), which will introduce the personality of our great compatriot.