The official address of the Ignacy
Jan Paderewski Festival is:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
103 Birkhaven Drive
Cary, NC 27518-8942
Telephone number for the Festival is: (919) 233-5200
E-Mail address for the Festival is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Festival and its activities are organized by a Board of Directors and the Officers. These serve in a volunteer capacity. It is funded primarily by contributions from the general public.
The President and Treasurer of the Festival is Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II; he is ex officio a member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Fountain is a former administrator with the State of North Carolina and was for more than 25 years associated with the history department of North Carolina State University. In 2008, Dr. Fountain was appointed as an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland and, as such, is an official representative of Poland. Dr. Fountain received his bachelor of Arts in 1967 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his Master of Arts in 1972 from Columbia University in the City of New York in East Central European History; and Doctor of Philosophy in 1976 from Columbia University in East Central European History. Dr. Fountain is a member and former President of the Polish-American Club of the Triangle. As a Director and President and Treasurer of the Festival, his duties include assisting in the formulation of the Festival’s long-term mission and daily operations.
The Vice-President and Secretary of the Festival is Brenda Bruce Fountain; she is ex officio a member of the Board of Directors.
Mrs. Fountain is an accomplished pianist, harpsichordist, acclaimed teacher, and accompanist who performs professionally under her maiden name Brenda Bruce. She holds a Master of Music degree in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout North Carolina, the eastern United States, and Europe and was for several years the chief pianist and harpsichordist for the North Carolina Symphony. She is particularly noted for her expertise in the piano repertoire and history of Polish Composer, Fryderyk Chopin, and she has presented all-Chopin programs in North Carolina and France. She has also appeared frequently in various chamber groups and presented music on leading Polish composers, including Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, and Grazyna Bacewicz. As a Director and Vice-President and Secretary of the Festival, her duties include assisting in the formulation of the Festival’s long-term mission and daily operations.
The Artistic Director of the Festival is Professor Adam Wibrowski; he is ex officio a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Wibrowski is the founder and served as artistic director of several major musical events in Europe: Chopin Festival in Nohant, France; Liszt Festival in Sopron, Hungary; Austria Piano Summer in Wiener Neustadt, Austria; Deutscher Klavierwettbeweb Polnischer Musik in Hamburg, Germany; International Music Sessions in Holland; and of E.U. program Piano as Mirror of European Culture. He is a Masters Graduate of the Superior School of Music in Kraków and studied the doctorate of 3 cycle at the Sorbonne in Paris . He is an accomplished pianist and teacher and provides concerts, master classes, and workshops throughout Europe, Japan, China, and the United States. He currently teaches at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz in Paris, France, and is an internationally recognized authority on the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin. He taught for a number of years at the University of Southern California with John Perry and has won many awards and served on many juries in the United States and Europe. He is a member of the Paderewski Association of Switzerland; of the Board of Directors of the Paderewski Music Society of Los Angeles; and President of the Chopin Association in Nohant, France. Professor Wibrowski serves as Artistic Director of the Festival and as such oversees the selection of performers for the Festival.
Barbara Stann is the European Coordinator for the Festival; she is ex officio a member of the Board of Directors.
Mrs. Stann is an accomplished musician. After 5 years at the Superior School of Music in Krakow in music theory and composition, she continued her education in musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris. She obtained her degree DESS (Direction des Projets Culturels) at the University in Grenoble. She was Director of Summer Music Academy “Session Musicale Internationale” and “Festivalpes” in Grenoble, attachee to the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo and Director of Piano Festival “Chopin chez George Sand” in Nohant. Her duties consist of promoting and coordinating connections between the Festival and government and quasi-governmental agencies in Poland and in Europe at large. As a Director ex officio of the Festival, she participates in the formulation of strategic plans and policies for the Festival.
William Wynne, D.D.S., is a member of the Board of Directors of the Festival.
Dr. Wynne is a highly respected North Carolina dentist. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1971 and has been a leader in the field of Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Wynne also has a passion for the arts and piano music, and his wife occupies a named chair in the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony. He serves as a Director of the Festival and aids in formulating and evaluating the policies and strategic plan of the Festival.
Carol Williams Bilbro is a member of the Board of Directors of the Festival.
Mrs. Bilbro is a life-long arts promoter in the City of Raleigh where she has served on the boards of many charities and community organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Symphony society, In., Raleigh Fine Arts Commission, and Opera in the Schools. She is a pianist and cellist, and her husband is a highly respected physician. She serves as a Director of the Festival and aids in formulating and evaluating the policies and strategic plan of the Festival.