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  • 24 April 2018

    Ignacy Jan Paderewski was one of the most outstanding figures in the Polish history and a character, without whom regaining of Poland’s independence could have not taken place. His talent and personality attracted popularity and appreciation in the whole world - Western Europe, United States, Australia and also New Zealand – which he visited twice. See our commemorative presentation reflecting the New Zealand following of one of the greatest Polish pianists and statesmen.

    The Polish pianist was an international superstar and his unrealised Australia - New Zealand tour in 1893 was a cause of huge interest in domestic press. NZ Times repeatedly informed about efforts of Kiwi agent R.S. Smyth, who was insistent that the widely-known artist comes to the antipodes. His first visit took place when he was at the zenith of his career in 1904, the second – in 1927. Reading the New Zealand daily paper allows to see how great a reputation and glory Paderewski was granted - says one of the first paragraphs of an article commissioned by the Polish Embassy in Wellington on the occasion of the centenary of Poland's regained Independence, highlighting the New Zealand's visits by one of the so-called fathers of Poland's independence, Ignacy Jan Paderewski.




    The article and presentation are based on research done at the National Library of New Zealand by Małgorzata Pawłowicz and Jacek Bargieł, both of the Polish Embassy in Wellington. Also used were resources from the National Museum in Warsaw and Poland's National Digital Archives.


    Click this link or an image below to open the presentation PIANIST AND PATRIOT. IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI. NEW ZEALAND CHAPTER





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