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Frederic Chopin

Chopin At 200
Frederic Chopin's portrait, by Eugene Delacroix.

Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

"No one before or since Chopin has contributed as many significant works for the piano's repertoire, or come closer to capturing its soul..."(read more on Chopin's life and music)

Concerts

Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist.

July 13, 2011 Hear an outstanding Russian pianist play Chopin and rarely heard Rachmaninov in recital.

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June 7, 2009 Hear the Gold Medalists at the Cliburn Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas.

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October 18, 2006 Rafal Blechacz was in Warsaw playing Chopin's Barcarolle, Op. 60, and the Etude Op. 10, No. 8.

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November 2, 2005 Rafal Blechacz became the first Pole in 30 years to win the prestigious piano competition.

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August 19, 2004 Pianist Andre-Michel Schub plays music by Chopin and Ravel at SummerFest 2004 in La Jolla, Calif.

Studio Sessions

At age 21, Russian Daniil Trifonov is making a huge impression in the piano world.

February 6, 2013 After winning two major competitions, the 21-year-old Russian is reaching for piano perfection.

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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.

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Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.

May 27, 2012 A new star out of El Sistema says that her goal in playing Chopin is honesty over prettiness.

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Pianist Murray Perahia

March 26, 2010 Hear the celebrated pianist play Chopin and Bach, and discuss their music in the NPR studio.

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Pianist Rafal Blechacz

March 23, 2010 Hear the young, award-winning Polish pianist play Chopin and Mozart in the NPR studio.

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Pianist Adam Neiman

March 15, 2010 Hear pianist Adam Neiman tear into the ferocious and tender music of Chopin, and a piece of his own.

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Chopin specialist Garrick Ohlsson

February 25, 2010 The American pianist won the Chopin Prize in 1970, and never stopped playing the composer's music.

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November 5, 2008 Pianists aged 12 to 16 perform at the International Institute for Young Musicians in Lawrence, Kan.

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May 13, 2005 Award-winning pianist Yundi Li performs Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in NPR's Studio 4A.

Interviews & Profiles

Mazurka

March 2, 2010 Commentator Rob Kapilow explains Chopin's condensed expression in a three-minute Mazurka.

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Pianist Artur Rubinstein cuts a rug

February 28, 2010 NPR's Tom Huizenga and Guy Raz spin recordings by Polish pianists honoring their countryman.

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November 22, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a wide assortment of new classical CDs.

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Vladimir Horowitz bows to the audience at Carnegie Hall, May 9, 1965.

May 5, 2009 After a self-imposed 12-year exile, Horowitz triumphed at Carnegie Hall on May 9, 1965.

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March 10, 2009 The late Polish pianist was an expert at revealing the heart and soul of Chopin's music.

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October 23, 2008 Politicians aren't the only ones to use their influence to alter public opinion about their rivals.

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September 26, 2008 Sara Fishko explores the 5/4 time signature found in music by Tchaikovsky, Dave Brubeck and more.

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January 12, 2008 The pianist talks about playing at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and his subsequent career.

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March 10, 2005 The youngest winner of a major Chopin piano competition discusses his enthusiasm for the composer.

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Discover Songs

Frederic Chopin

March 2, 2010 No one before or since Chopin has contributed as many significant works to the piano's repertoire.

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Meg White of The White Stripes

March 1, 2010 We celebrate Chopin's 200th with an impromptu, plus music from Owen Pallett, Pantha du Prince, more.

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pianist Rafal Blechacz

February 14, 2010 Hear the young Polish pianist play Chopin's Piano Concertos with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Violinist Janine Jansen

December 4, 2009 This year's crop was strong for Russians, as well as a young generation of masterful musicians.

Cover of IN C remixed

November 22, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a wide assortment of new classical CDs.

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Vladimir Horowitz bows to the audience at Carnegie Hall, May 9, 1965.

May 5, 2009 After a self-imposed 12-year exile, Horowitz triumphed at Carnegie Hall on May 9, 1965.

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March 10, 2009 The late Polish pianist was an expert at revealing the heart and soul of Chopin's music.

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News

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.

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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.

December 28, 2013 Pleyel was an iconic brand with a 200-year history. Could it have survived by adapting better?

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March 2, 2010 No one before or since Chopin has contributed as many significant works to the piano's repertoire.

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March 1, 2010 No one made funeral music quite like Frederic Chopin, the Polish composer born 200 years ago Monday.

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American pianist Earl Wild performs at his 90th birthday recital at Carnegie Hall.

January 27, 2010 The acclaimed American pianist and composer died Saturday after an eight-decade career. He was 94.

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June 7, 2009 Hear the Gold Medalists at the Cliburn Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas.

March 19, 2007 The piano was sold — and then lost — after the Polish composer died more than 150 years ago.

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November 2, 2005 Rafal Blechacz became the first Pole in 30 years to win the prestigious piano competition.

Reviews

Pianist Artur Rubinstein cuts a rug

February 28, 2010 NPR's Tom Huizenga and Guy Raz spin recordings by Polish pianists honoring their countryman.

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More Stories

Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.

March 4, 2013 Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

June 27, 2011 An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

Stephen Hough: "Chopin: Late Masterpieces" cover art

December 22, 2010 It was a good year for birthday boys Chopin and Schumann. WGUC picks some great CDs of their music.

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February 28, 2010 Hear NPR contributors' favorite Chopin performances on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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