Ignace Jan Paderewski
Ignace Jan Paderewski was born in Podolia, Russia, November 6, 1860.
He was early thrown on his own resources for a livelihood. From childhood he showed his love of music, and at seven began to study under a teacher. At twelve he gave public recitals. In 1872 he went to Warsaw and studied at the Conservatory under Raguski, and there at eighteen he became a professor. In 1884 he abandoned teaching, went to Vienna, worked under Leschetizky, and in 1887 in that city made his debut as a pianist, taking his place in the foremost ranks. Two years later he made his first appearance in Paris.
In 1890 Paderewski played in London, arousing great enthusiasm, as he also did in the United States during several visits paid to this country (1892, 1893, 1895-96, 1899, 1902, 1905). After his profitable season here in 1895-96 he gave a fund of $10,000, the interest to be devoted to prizes for American composers. His opera “Manru” was produced by himself in this country in 1902. He is universally recognized as one of the greatest pianists the world has seen. Paderewski’s compositions for the piano include many well known works, and he has also written pleasing songs.