Warsaw is a city of Frederick Chopin`s youth. Here he was discovered as a child prodigy and here he got his musical education. In Presidential Palace on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street (Radziwiłłowski Palace in the XIX-th century) he played his first public concert being 8 years old. Chopin is a pride of the Polish capitol. No metter what time of year you visit Warsaw you have always opportunity to join a concert of his music.
1. Chopin Concerts at the Royal Łazienki Park is the oldest cyclic outdoor event in Warsaw. It`s been holding continuously since 1959 at the Frédéric Chopin Monument every Sunday from May to September (depends on weather). There are two recitals a day, at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm and they last around 40 minutes. There are invited the eminent pianists from all over the world to play here. You can sit on one of many benches if you come early enough or just sit or lay on grass and listen. The atmosphere is very easy going and the crowd very international cause it`s one of Warsaw`s main tourist attractions. Free admition. Click for more informations
2. The International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe” is organised by Fryderyk Chopin Institute. It was established in 2005 and now is recognised as a very important cultural event. The main goal of the Festival is to present Fryderyk Chopin`s music in a broad cultural context with varied inspirations of his style, as well as his relations with other 19-th century composers and a general presentation of European music from the 18-th century till the present day. Click for more informations
3. Young Talents in Frederick Chopin Museum is a new project started in 2012 that suppose to promote young artists. They are recommended by eminent professors and teachers of Polish music universities and colleges. It takes place in museum Concert Hall from October to July every Thursday at 6 pm. Free admition. Click for more informations
Frederick Chopin was born 1810 in Żelazowa Wola near Warsaw. In the same year his family moved to the Polish capital where his father Nicolas Chopin was teaching French at Warsaw Lyceum. He played violin and flute and the mother played piano. Frederick started a proffesional piano tutor being 6 years old. His first public concert he played being 8 years old, it was in Radziwiłłowski Palace which is Presidential Palace nowadays. It became obvious very quickly that Frederick is a child prodigy. In 1826 he began a three-year course at the Warsaw Conservatory under composer Józef Elsner who wrote: “Chopin F., third year student, exceptional talent, musical genius”.
In 1829 Chopin played his first concerts abroad in Vienna which was the beginning of his great international career. Next year one of his compositions was published in Austria. While his next stay in Vienna an insurrection against authorities of Russian Empire called November 1830 Uprising broke out in Poland. He chose a life of exile because of the brutal repressions after a failed uprising. Yearning his homeland Chopin wrote to his friend in Poland “I curse the moment of my departure.” He left Vienna and went to Paris, he never returned to Poland. He died in Paris in 1849.