2015 Events

 The Festival is most proud to offer the following events, November 12-16, 2015.  These constitute the Second Annual Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival of Raleigh  The first year of the Festival, 2014, was a great success with three concerts and four lectures.  Commencing  our second year, we are well on our way to becoming an annual cycle of concerts honoring Ignacy Jan Paderewski.   This year we will feature four concerts by distinguished and accomplished pianists and one formal lecture celebrating the life and artistic contributions of Paderewski and, in addition this year, Theodor Leschetizky, who was his teacher. 

Tickets can be acquired at the links provided after each event listed below:

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm

City of Raleigh Museum (CORMuseum), 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh

Very short lecture and reception: Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II, Honorary Consul, Republic of Poland, Raleigh ”Leschetizky, Paderewski, and Raleigh”

We have only a very limited number of places for this event.  Please send Mark Fountain your name/s to make a reservation: afountain@mindspring.com This is the only way to gain a place for this event.

Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm

Saint Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor

Pianist: Hélène Tysman (Paris),  Chopin Competition laureat (finalist) in Warsaw, 2010.  She studied at the Paris Conservatoire (Pierre-Laurent Aimard), Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg, and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar.  At 32 she has become a powerful presence on the international stage.

Friday, November 13, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Meredith College, Carswell Recital Hall

John Perry 2015 Master Class: See November 15, below

This master class is open to the public.  It is a working session and is expected to attract piano professionals.

Friday, November 13, 7:30pm

Cary Arts Center, Main Auditorium

Pianist: Krzysztof Książek (Poland), Second Place, Paderewski Competition in Los Angeles, California, 2013.   He is an invited competitor in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in October this year.  Książek returns by popular demand after his concert last year in the First Annual Paderewski Festival in Raleigh.

Saturday, November 14, 2:30pm

North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium 

Lecture by Adam Wibrowski (Paris, Krakow), Professeur de Piano, Conservatoire de Paris ”Theodor Leschitzky: Performer and Pedagogue.”   This lecture and concert will take place on the very 100th anniversary of the death of Leschetizky, November 14, 1915.

Pianist: Emil Reinert, (Paris/Hamburg), Winner of the Leschetizky Prize, Hamburg, Germany, July 2015.  After spending his entire school years in Paris, he is now a student of Hubert Rutkowski in Hamburg.  The youngest of those appearing this year, he turned 21 on July 4 and looks forward to a marvelous career.

Sunday, November 15, 2:30 pm

North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium 

Pianist: John Perry (Los Angeles), student of Władysław Kędra of Warsaw and Vienna and thus in direct line to Paderewski and Leschetizky. Perry studied with Kędra in Vienna at the Akademie für Musik and with Carlo Zecchi at Santa Cecilia in Rome.  Legendary piano pedagogue at Southern California and Toronto after earlier stints in other major music schools.

The tickets for Thursday evening at Saint Mary’s School (Tysman) are processed through the website of the Paderewski Festival.  By clicking on the above links, you will be taken directly to the particular item to be bought.  Please take a look at our Festival’s overall website, homepage: www.paderewski-festival.org  Tickets can also be bought on site for all venues.

We hope you will join us for these special events, to learn and experience the great and beautiful piano legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

We gladly accept donations and emphasize that contributions are tax deductible.  The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival of Raleigh, Inc. is a 501©(3) tax-exempt public charity under the provisions of sections 170, 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of applicable law.