About the Paderewski Association

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was a pianist, composer, diplomat, politician, and humanitarian. As Prime Minister of Poland during its independence between the World Wars, he was one of the signers of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Five American Presidents—Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt–acknowledged him as a great statesman and he was respected by leaders throughout the world.

Paderewski was likely the most famous and admired pianists of all time. His popularity, bolstered by his dynamic personality, reached rock star proportions at the beginning of the 20th century. He swept the world with his performances (he gave more than 1,500 concerts in the U.S.). Paderewski was admired for his playing of Bach, superlative Beethoven renditions, and as the best interpreter of Chopin at the time. As early as 1895 he founded the Paderewski Fund in New York to establish triennial prizes to American composers, regardless of race or religion.
As the American Secretary of State, Robert Lansing 1915-1920), wrote about him in his book, The Big Four , "His views were essentially sane and logical. What Mr. Paderewski has done for Poland will cause eternal gratitude. His career is one which deserves to be remembered not only by his countrymen, but by every man whom love of country and loyalty to a great cause stand forth as the noblest attributes of human character."

We strongly believe that it is essential to secure the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in America
by restoring the prominence of his timeless virtues. The Maestro is an important model as a
musician, statesman, and humanitarian who shared his talent and life for the good of nations.

The Paderewski Association Vision

Through the inspiration and example of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, concert pianist, composer, statesman, patriot, entrepreneur and world traveler, it is the goal of the Paderewski Association to raise the international community’s awareness of the achievements of Polish culture, past and present, and to facilitate connections between Polish American artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and the general public.

Stan Bernacki, President and Founder
Diana Bernacki, Secretary