Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, who died in 1849.
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November 17, 2014 It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.
Rafał Blechacz has been named the 2014 Gilmore Artist. In 2005, he swept the five top prizes at the International Chopin Competition.
January 8, 2014 The award is granted once every four years to a pianist with exceptional qualities, chosen by a secretive committee. This time, a young Polish musician who specializes in Chopin has earned the generous $300,000 prize.
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The Pleyel piano factory, which once supplied instruments to Frederic Chopin, will close its doors at the end of the year.
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December 28, 2013 For more than two centuries, France's Pleyel pianos were among the best in the world. They were a favorite of Chopin and Debussy. But now the iconic brand has been forced to close its last remaining plant.
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Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.
March 4, 2013 Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78. See silver medalist Joyce Yang play for Cliburn — and his unforgettably moving response.
February 6, 2013 Hear the 21-year-old Russian play Chopin etudes, colorful Fairy Tales by Nikolai Medtner and an explosive arrangement of music from Stravinsky's Firebird at the WGBH studios in Boston.
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Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.
June 4, 2012 A rising Venezuelan pianist explains how she overcame her mother's fears to pursue her destiny. She shares music by Chopin, Villa-Lobos and Albeniz with us live from NPR's Studio 4A.
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May 24, 2012 A new star out of the El Sistema program says that her goal in playing Chopin is valuing honesty over prettiness.
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Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist.
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July 13, 2011 Hear an outstanding Russian pianist play Chopin and rarely heard Rachmaninov in recital.
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Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.
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June 27, 2011 Sex, drugs, guts and politics: An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate online and in our offices.
December 22, 2010 This year marked the 200th anniversaries of the births of two piano giants: Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann. The dates sparked numerous recordings of their music. WGUC's Robin Gehl picks the top releases.
Murray Perahia's warm, rippling tone is well-suited to the music of both Bach and Chopin.
March 26, 2010 Few pianists can match Perahia's lucid clarity and warm, rippling sound. Hear him play Chopin and Bach, and discuss their music with Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's studio.
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He might be young, but Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has a deep connection to the music of Frederic Chopin.
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March 23, 2010 The young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has cultivated a deep connection to Chopin's music. Five years ago, at age 20, he swept all the awards at the International Chopin competition. Host Fred Child finds out how he did it, and asks him to play a Chopin Mazurka or two.
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Pianist Adam Neiman performs Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in NPR Studio 4A.
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March 15, 2010 Adam Neiman lets his fingers do the talking, tearing into the dramatic Ballade No. 4 by Chopin. The young American pianist says the music tells a story that's both ferocious and tender. Neiman also plays a piece of his own in NPR's studio.
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March 1, 2010 All this year, NPR Music is celebrating the 200th birthday of pianist Frederic Chopin. We feature one of his impromptus, performed by pianist Yundi Li. Also on the show: a welcoming piece from Joanna Newsom's new triple-length album; the stunning arrangements of Owen Pallett; Pantha du Prince's minimal electronic music; hard-hitting soul from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings; and a cut from The White Stripes' live concert documentary.
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Garrick Ohlsson won the International Chopin Competition in 1970, and he's been playing the composer's music ever since.
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February 25, 2010 In 1970, in Cold War-era Warsaw, an unknown American pianist named Garrick Ohlsson stunned the classical world by winning the International Chopin Competition. The composer's music has played a huge role in Ohlsson's career ever since. Hear him play Chopin in the WNYC studio.
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