Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)

Major Polish composer. Born in Żelazowa Wola on the 1/03/1810, died on the 17/10/1849 in Paris.



Like all true pioneers, Chopin paid a heavy, albeit temporary, price for his audacity. In "... Read more »

Tadeusz Andrzej Zielinski writes on the phenomenon of the Frederic Chopin's music. Read more »

Chopin's music seemed to be a guiding spirit in Schumann's journalism. Schumann made his debut with... Read more »


When you consider that any professional pianist today would hope to have a minimum of 30... Read more »

Paris, 1842. No. 9 Place d’Orleans. Every week of the "season", from around the beginning of... Read more »

Why didn't Chopin use literary masterpieces for his song texts, like Schumann did? The answer to... Read more »

Chopin died in 1849 and was buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. His heart, however, was... Read more »

MASTERPIECES EXPLAINED breaks down for you an iconic piece of Fryderyk Chopin - a composition almost... Read more »

Chopin's 24 Preludes are universally recognized as some of the composer's most characteristic works... Read more »

Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)
Mazurkas de Fr. Chopin. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

Of the 57 Mazurkas composed by Fryderyk Chopin, each opus number contains three to five pieces, and another eight surviving Mazurkas have no opus number.Read more »

Fryderyk Chopin, Polonaises. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

Most of Chopin's Polonaises are for solo piano and just seven out of sixteen of them were given an opus number and were considered worth publishing. The remaining nine never came out.Read more »

Fryderyk Chopin, Scherzo 4. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

The genre's top achievement, each of Fryderyk Chopin's scherzos has three movements, the lyrical middle one contrasting with the spontaneous first and last ones. True to the etymology of the word scherzo, they are lively, high-spirited, bouncy and folksy.Read more »

Sonaten by Fryderyk Chopin. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

Fryderyk Chopin's three sonatas for solo piano were written at different stages of his artistic development. While the "Sonata in C minor" is the earliest of the three and is sometimes called Chopin's "sin of youth", the later two belong to the core works of his synthetic period and are representative of Chopin's outstanding composing technique.Read more »

Chopin wrote the "Polonaise" in 1830-31, but "Andante spianato", i.e. the beginning, was only ready in Paris in late 1834 / early 1835. The work was published in 1836 as the "Grande Polonaise brillante précédée d'un Andante spianato" with a dedication to Baroness d'Este.Read more »

Chopin, Grand concerto : pour le pianoforte avec accompagnement d'orchestre ou de quintuor ad libitum : oeuvre 11 : sans accomp. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

The two concertos were the first works of significance composed by Chopin after graduation. Both clearly refer to the form and convention of concertos created in the brillant style, the style of piano music of the first half of the 19th century.Read more »

Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)

With a noble, authoritative take on Chopin, Szymanowski and Beethoven, Rafał Blechacz performs in Japan's cultural centres: Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya. Read more »

In spite of this youth, Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has already been afforded comparisons to Maurizio Pollini, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Krystian Zimermaneven - even called the Mozart of our times. Read more »

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CHOPIN WITHOUT PIANO, directed by Michał Zadara, photo: Natalia Kabanow / CENTRALA

Polish actress Barbara Wysocka, accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, is performing both of Chopin’s piano concertos... without a piano. Read more »

Whittled down from over 160 pianists in the final stages, the official jury has chosen the one and only winner of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition! Read more »

In 2013, Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle, great aficionados of Witold Lutosławski’s music, met at the Berliner Philharmoniker. They performed the Piano Concerto (a piece the composer dedicated to Zimerman) and Symphony No. 2. Now, the recording of the concert is to be published thanks to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Grammophon, and Polska Music. Read more »

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The Birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, photo: Marek Dusza

The grand opening of the new permanent exhibition at Fryderyk Chopin’s Birthplace was held on 31 May at 12:00 PM.The exhibition was officially opened by Małgorzata Omilanowska – Minister of Culture and National Heritage, together with Artur Szklener – Director of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Read more »

Chopin, collage. photo: Dagmara Staga /

Pianists from all over the world have already taken part in the qualifying stage of the 17th International Chopin Contest and are now playing their fingers to the bone, using every minute to prepare for their performance. For us – the audience – the best way to prepare for the contest is to revise our knowledge about Chopin and get a better understanding of his output Read more »

Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)

The first-ever noninstrumental adaptation of Chopin’s concertos premieres as a theatre project of young director Michał Zadara. Barbara Wysocka recites the original score transcribed into a literary text by Adam Wiedemenn, accompanied by the Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk Read more »


The Fryderyk Chopin Institute celebrates the 1st of March with a recital in the musician’s birthplace, at the Chopin Museum in Żelazowa Wola taking place at noon and an evening concert at Warsaw’s Philharmonic Concert Hall Read more »


Soprano Elżbieta Szmytka and pianist Levente Kende perform pieces by Poland’s top composers at La Monnaie Royal Theatre in Brussels Read more »


This year's edition of Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival features such illustrious performers as Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dina Yoffe, Ingrid Filter, Plamena Mangova, Janina Fiałkowska, Alexander Lonquich, Denis Matsuev, Dmitri Alexeev, Alexei Lubimov, Nelson Goerner, Janusz Olejniczak and Chopin Competition finalists... Read more »


The symphonic concert is dedicated to two of Poland's most accomplished composers. The programme includes Fryderyk Chopin's "Grande Valse Brillante E-major, Op. 18" (transcribed for orchestra by Zdzisław Szostak) and "Concert e-moll for piano and orchestra, Op. 11" as well as Karol Szymanowski's "I Violin Concerto, Op. 35"... Read more »


A special concert performed by five young Polish pianists combines new and classical techniques of piano to create an innovative tribute to Fryderk Chopin. Classical pianist Katarzyna Borek was joined on stage by jazz musicians Joanna Duda, Sławek Jaskułke, Paweł Kaczmarczyk and Pawel Tomaszewski. Read more »