Paderewski, Ignacy Jan, 1860-1941

Alternative names
Birth 1860-11-18
Death 1941-06-29
Polish, French, English

Biographical notes:

Polish pianist, composer, and statesman.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., n.d.], to an unidentified recipient, n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270674147

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [Morges, 12 December 1938], to Mr. & Mrs. H[arry] H[arkness] Flagler, 1938 Dec. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270674145

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [Morges], 2 September 1928, to Alfred Cortot, 1928 Sept. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270674139

From the description of Typewritten letter signed, dated : Morges, 11 July 1939, to Mrs. [Frank P.] Deering, 1939 July 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270674142

From the description of "Manru II Act" : autograph manuscript, 1914 Apr. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568159

From the description of "Manru / II Act" : autograph manuscript, 1917 Mar. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568156

From the description of "Fantaisie Polonaise / op 19" : autograph manuscript, 1893. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568153

From the description of Printed document signed, dated : "Somewhere in Europe," 1940, to Mrs. Melbert B. Cary, Jr. [i.e. Mary Flagler Cary], 1940 Dec. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270674137

From the description of Sonate / pour piano et violon / Op. 13. / I.J. Paderewski. [1880?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568161

Polish statesman and musician; premier, 1919.

From the description of Ignace Jan Paderewski papers, 1687-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754870126

Paderewski was a Polish composer and statesman, active in foreign affairs on behalf of Poland. After WWI he became prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

From the description of Portrait photograph, ca.1900-1920. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122595014

Pianist and composer.

From the description of Ignace Jan Paderewski papers, 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984272


  • 1860 Nov. 6: Born, Kurylowka, Podolia, Ukraine
  • 1872: Studied music, Warsaw Conservatory
  • 1876: Taught piano, Warsaw Conservatory
  • 1880: Married Antonina Korsak, who died a year later
  • 1882: Studied in Berlin under Friedrich Kiel
  • 1884 - 1887 : Studied in Vienna under Theodor Leschetizky Taught at Strasbourg Conservatory
  • 1887 - 1891 : Made first public appearances as a pianist in Vienna, Paris, London, and New York
  • 1893: Composed "The Polish Fantasia" for piano and orchestra (Opus 19)
  • 1896: Established the Paderewski Fund in support of musical compositions in the United States
  • 1898: Settled in Riond-Bosson near Morges, Switzerland
  • 1899: Married Helena Gorska
  • 1901: Composed the opera Manru
  • 1909: Director, Warsaw Conservatory
  • 1910: Presented the City of Krakow with a monument commemorating the victory of the Poles over the Teutonic Order upon the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald
  • 1915: Member and representative to the United States, General Committee for Polish Relief (organized in Switzerland in January)
  • 1917: Member and representative to the United States, Polish National Committee; frequently urged Woodrow Wilson to include Poland in his Fourteen Points
  • 1919: Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Poland; delegate, Paris Peace Conference Resigned November 27 and returned to Riond-Bosson
  • 1920: Delegate plenipotentiary of Poland to the League of Nations
  • 1921: Resumed musical career in Europe and the United States
  • 1938: Author (with Mary Lawton), The Paderewski Memoirs
  • 1939: President, Polish National Council (Rada Narodowa) of the Polish Government-in-Exile, Paris
  • 1940: Left Europe for the United States
  • 1941 June 29: Died, New York City

From the guide to the Ignacy Jan Paderewski papers, (Hoover Institution Archives.)


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