CHOPIN 2010
  • Chopin Year Celebrations

    A Calendar of Events letting you know what, where and when is happening throughout the Chopin Year:

    • Events: concerts, exhibitions, shows and many others
    • Reports
    • Interviews
    • Kordegarda CHOPIN 2010
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  • Information Resource

    A wealth of information about Fryderyk Chopin’s life and work:  

    • Quizzes and interesting facts
    • Recommended recordings and publications
    • Educational resources  
    • Image bank  
    • Presentation of places connected Chopin  
    • Links to competent sources
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  • CHOPIN For Kids

    An inspiring guide helping children to enter the exciting word of Fryderyk Chopin’s music:

    • Interactive games and activities for the youngest ones
    • Tips and guidelines for parents
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  • Inter:Act

    Engaging social networking initiatives revolving around the Chopin Year.

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  • TV Programme

    An archive of past episodes of the Chopin2010.pl show broadcast on TVP1 plus.

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  • Chopin 2010
    Celebrations Office

    A platform for exchanging information between institutions, journalists and organisers of jubilee events. Brings you official information about:

    • Past, present and planned activities of the Office
    • artProjects: mobile artistic projects
    • Chopin-themed tours
    • Chopin 2010 Press Office

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    Registering at the portal chopin2010.pl brings you the possibility to:

    • Log on to all six Chopin websites
    • Submit and then update events held as part of the Chopin Year
    • Create a personalised  list of events and print it out in a handy form  
    • Subscribe to a newsletter and take part in competitions with attractive prizes to win
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Chopin's birth
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a small town located 55 km away from Warsaw. The exact date of his birth triggers many controversies. According to Chopin’s own written statement it is March 1, this is what Chopin wrote in 1833 in the letter to the Polish Literary Society in Paris. The date is also indicated by his mother in her letter to her son in 1837. However, according to official entry in the certification of baptism in the parish church in Brochów, Fryderyk Chopin was born on February 22. This data is undersigned personally by Mikołaj Chopin, the composer’s father, and his godfather and godmother: Franciszek Grembecki from the Ciepliny village (replacing the right godfather – Fryderyk Skarbek) and Anna Wiesiołowska born Skarbek.
Fryderyk Chopin was born in a mansion belonging to the Skarbek family, where his father Mikołaj Chopin, a naturalized Frenchmen, was a tutor at that time. The composer’s mother was Tekla Justyna born Krzyżanowska, who, as an orphan and probably a distant relative, was growing up in the Skarbek family. The wedding of Justyna and Mikołaj took place in 1806 in Brochów. Their first child was Ludwika, she was 3 years older from Fryderyk. He had two more sisters: Izabella and Emilia. More information:
  • Fryderyk Chopin parents' portrait – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Żelazowa Wola – Internet Chopin Information Centre (NIFC)

  • Żelazowa Wola (1891) – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Żelazowa Wola today – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Fryderyk Chopin's certificate of baptism – KALEIDOSCOPE

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Fryderyk Chopin was born in a mansion belonging to the Skarbek family, where his father Mikołaj Chopin, a naturalized Frenchmen, was a tutor at that time. The composer’s mother was Tekla Justyna born Krzyżanowska, who, as an orphan and probably a distant relative, was growing up in the Skarbek family. The wedding of Justyna and Mikołaj took place in 1806 in Brochów. Their first child was Ludwika, she was 3 years older from Fryderyk. He had two more sisters: Izabella and Emilia.

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