Frederic Chopin

 

 

One of his most popular Concert compositions:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor

Tiffany Poon, age 15, won the First Prize and the Best Performance of Concerto Award at the VIII Moscow International Fredrick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists held in Moscow on September 20, 2012. This is the final stage of the competition, where she performed Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor Op.11 with Moscow Chamber Orchestra of Pavel Slobodkin Centre under Vladimir Ryzhaev. more Piano Concerto No.1 performances


 

Fantasie Impromptu in C-sharp minor

Tiffany Poon, age 11, performing the Chopin Fantasie Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66

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The Composer Chopin

Frederic Chopin (Poland, 1810-1849) was a romantic composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the most popular and most influential pianists and composers of piano works. His father was French, his mother Polish and he grew up in Warsaw, Poland. His mother introduced the piano to him but noticed very soon his talent. At the age of 7, he started composing. He left Warsaw for Paris in 1830, just before the outbreak of the November 1830 Uprising. 

The Life of Chopin

In Paris, he earned his living through performing concerts, selling his compositions and as piano teacher. He cherished a quite costly lifestyle with his private carriage, attendants and expensive clothes. in 1835, he became French citizen. He maintained an often troubled relationship with the French writer George Sand. An unhappy stay with her and her children on Majorca for 3 months in the winter of 1838/39, was one of his most productive periods of composition. Their relationship ended after 10 years in 1847. Through most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died in Paris in 1849, probably of tuberculosis.