Paderewski Festival in Bydgoszcz


Bydgoszcz, October 18th-24th, 2023

The Paderewski Festival in Bydgoszcz is a celebration of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The first edition of the Festival will connect popular scientific and artistic aspects. We will be hearing a lecture on Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the history of the Music Association, as well as piano recitals. The Paderewski Festival will presents young artists, winners of international music competitions. The Festival is held to commemorate Ignacy Jan Paderewski, an outstanding pianist, composer and politician — one of the Fathers of Polish Independence and to promote young pianists and Polish culture worldwide. Admission to all events of the Festival will be free.

The Paderewski Festival consists of four extraordinary events, organized by the Paderewski Music Association in Bydgoszcz, in cooperation with Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz and the company Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy spółka z o.o.

The festival is co-financed by the Office of the “Niepodległa” as part of the “Niepodległa” Grant Programme. The event is under the media patronage of Telewizja Polska S.A.  in Bydgoszcz (TVP3) and Polskie Radio Pomorza i Kujaw (RADIO PIK). The festival would not be possible without the support of Solbet Sp. z o.o., PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A., Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy spółka z o.o., and VauPe Sp. z o.o.

The Paderewski Festival will be inaugurated on October 18th, 2023, at Collegium Copernicanum of the Kazimierz Wielki University. Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska ph.D. from the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz will show us the unknown face of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The evening will end with a recital by Mateusz Krzyżowski, well-known to the Bydgoszcz audience, winner of the 1st prize at the 12th International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz from 2022.

On October 19th, 2023, at Collegium Copernicanum will be an author’s meeting with Aleksandra Kłaput-Wiśniewska ph.D. a Professor at the Nowowiejjski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and the author of the book “Ludzie z dobrego towarzystwa,” which presents the hundred years history of the Paderewski Music Association in Bydgoszcz. After the lecture, we will enjoy a piano recital by Danylo Saienko, the 3rd prize winner at the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz.

On October 21st, 2023 the festival moves to the Paderewski Music Association’s concert hall. At 5:00 PM will be a meeting with Henryk Martenka, the author of the book series “Wielki akord,” the history about the International Paderewski Piano Competitions from the perspective of their long-time Director. At 6:00 PM, the concert hall will be filled with the sounds of piano works performed by Avery Gagliano, the winner of the 10th International Chopin Competition in Miami, organized by the Chopin Music Foundation.

The festival will end on October 24th, 2023, at the Pomp Hall of the Waterworks Museum in Bydgoszcz. The final piano recital will be performed by Alexander Agate, the laureate of the International Paderewski Competition in Los Angeles, organized by the Paderewski Music Society.


The Office of the “Niepodległa” as part of the “Niepodległa” Grant Programme.








Competition Partners

Competition Sponsors

Co-Financing of the Competition

The competition is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture – a state special purpose fund, as part of the „Music” program implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, and by the City of Bydgoszcz.
Partner of the International Paderewski Piano Competition  – Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.