Events - 2010

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Postcards with art by Arthur Szyk
printed in Poland in 1939

In his time, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-
was called a “Modern Immortal.”
Audiences worldwide stormed the stage after
his piano recitals, with young women
strewing flowers at his feet. Admirers
pressed for autographs and frenzied fans
once burst into his private hotel room with
scissors, determined to clip a bit of his
famous, curly red locks for a souvenir.
Regarded as the best interpreter of fellow
composer and countryman, Fryderyk
he was also renowned for vigorous
renditions of Bach and Beethoven.

After his first American tour in 1891-92 he
referred to the U.S. as “the country of my
heart, my second home.” He gave more than
1500 concerts in 200 American cities, playing
in 48 states in a musical career that spanned
six decades and covered every continent.
Throngs crushed the streets to glimpse
Paderewski when he arrived triumphantly in
Warsaw in 1919. He and President
Woodrow Wilson had secured the re-
establishment of the Polish nation as co-
signers of the Treaty of Versailles.
Paderewski’s knowledge of languages was
so nimble that he was the only participant of
the Conference not to require an interpreter.
To show his gratitude to Wilson, in 1931 he
built the Woodrow Wilson Monument in
Poznan, Poland. Paderewski’s fierce love for
his country drove him to halt his global
concert tours and serve as Prime Minister of
Poland during its brief years of

Paderewski’s generosity was boundless.
Multitudes of musicians and writers, the
poor, ill, and homeless benefited from his
charity. In 1895 he founded the Paderewski
Fund in New York to award prizes to
American composers. Throughout his life he
established scholarships and competitions,
donated pianos to music conservatories, and
held concert tours to raise funds for victims
of war, the unemployed, and the destitute.

During his lifetime Paderewski was awarded
honors from Belgium, Britain, France,
Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain,
among others. Honorary doctorates from
European and American universities include
some of the world’s most prestigious —
Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Columbia, and the

2010, the 150th anniversary of his birth,
is a fitting time to pay tribute to Ignacy Jan
Paderewski — artist, statesman, and
philanthropist — an enduring champion of
freedom and universal values.

Victoria Granacki

Lvov University, Poland (1912)

Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA (1917)

Jagellonean University, Krakow, Poland (1919)

Oxford University, England, UK (1919)

Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (1922)

University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
CA, USA (1923); click here for more information

Poznan University, Poland (1924)

Glasgow University, Scotland, UK (1925)

Cambridge University, England, UK (1926)

Warsaw University, Poland (1926)

Lausanne University, Switzerland (1932)

New York University, NY, USA (1933)

Support for students, professors and artists -

Support for students of Stanford University, USA,
1896; one of them was Herbert Clark Hoover,
the future president of the United States

An Erard piano for the Academy of St. Cecilia,
Rome, Italy, 1897

A Steinway piano for the Warsaw Conservatory of
Music, 1909

Support for the Moscow Conservatory Students
Fund, and concerts given for charitable purposes,
Moscow, Russia, 1899

5,000 marks for the Beethoven Scholarship, Bonn,
Germany, 1901

Gift for Polish children of Wrzesnia persecuted in
the area of Prussian partition, Poznan, Poland,

12,000 francs for the relief fund of the Conservatory
Professors in Paris, France1909

Prizes at the composers’ competition on the
occasion of the 100th anniversary of Chopin’s
birth, Lvov, Poland, 1910

Help for Polish students in Freiburg, Germany,

1,000 rubles for the Music Society in St.
Petersburg, Russia,1899

Scholarship Fund for Ecole Normale, Paris,
France, 1923

Help for orphanages in Illinois, USA, Chicago,

Donation for the Center of Motherhood in New
York, USA,1924

Scholarships for Polish pianists and composers
in Paris, France,1928-1930

Last will assigning his property to the Jagellonian
University in Krakow, Poland and payment for the
members of the Board of Directors, 1930

Support for student organizations in France, 1931

Support for the Violin Music Competition of Eugène
Saye in Brussels, Belgium,1937

Organized Helena Modrzejewska's (Modjeska)
benefit concert at the Metropolitan Opera House,
New York, USA, 1905

Organized multiple orchestra benefit concerts in
New York, USA1905


The Royal Saxon “Albertus Animosus” Order
(Germany 1895)

The Medal of the Romanian Crown “Prin noi insine”
(Romania 1889)

The Cross and Ribbon of the “Virtuti et Merito”
(Spain 1906)

The Order of the White Eagle Great Ribbon
(Poland 1921)

The Order “Polonia Restituta” Great Ribbon
(Poland 1923)

The Order of Leopold Great Ribbon (Belgium 1924)

Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
(British knighthood 1925)

The Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus Great
Ribbon (Italy 1925)

The Silver Cross of the Honorary League
(France 1929)

The Cross of the Lombard Crown Medal (France)

The Cross “Virtuti Militari”
(Poland 1941-- posthumous)

Competitions for young American composers,
Paderewski Foundation, 1896

After his US tour in 1896, Paderewski left $10,000
to establish the Paderewski Foundation supporting
young American composers, which was considered
“a royal gift.” The fund’s trustees, William Mason
(Franz Liszt’s student), William Steinway, and Henry
Lee Higginson of Boston offered prizes in three
categories: a composition for orchestra,
a composition for solo instrument with orchestra,
and a chamber music piece. The reward was to be
given every three years.

Competitions for young Polish artists

In January 1897, Paderewski funded two
competitions for young Polish musicians and writers
with 4,000 rubles: for a musical composition and for
a literary work. The highest winner in musical
composition was Zygmunt Stojowsk who was given
1,000 rubles for Symphony in D Minor, Op. 21.
The second prize was given to Henryk Melcer-
Szczawinski for Second Piano Concerto in C Minor,
and the third prize went to Emil Mlynarski for Violin
Concerto in D Minor, Op. 11. Among others who
received smaller prizes were Wojciech Gawronski
and Grzegorz Fitelberg.

In the literary competition the prizes were received
by Lucjan Rydel, Jozefat Nowinski, Jan August
Kisielewki, and others.

Concerts and donations for the benefit of building
music halls and monuments

Washington Square Arch, New York, USA, 1892

Tadeusz Kosciuszko Monument, Chicago, USA, 1892

Frederic Chopin Monument, Zelazowa Wola, Poland,

Franz Liszt Monument, Weimar, Germany, 1895

Henry Charles Litolff Monument, Paris. France, 1897

Ludwig van Beethoven Monument, Cologne,
Germany, 1901

Adam Mickiewicz Monument, Lvov, Poland, 1902

Grunwald Battle Monument, Cracow, Poland, 1910

Édouard Colonne Monument, Paris, France, 1923

Claude Debussy Monument, Paris, France, 1931

Woodrow Wilson Monument, Poznan, Poland, 1931

Colonel Edward M. House Monument, Warsaw,
Poland, 1932

Tadeusz Kosciuszko Museum, Solothurn,
Switzerland, 1937

Warsaw Philharmonic Building, Warsaw, Poland,

Concert Hall Building, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1903

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