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The first edition of Maciej Paderewski Warsaw International Master Courses was held in 2006 at Karol Szymanowski Music School No. 4 in Warsaw. Their mastermind and Artistic Director was Prof. Maciej Paderewski, an eminent pianist, chamber musician, a lecturer of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Music School No. 4.

Four editions of Courses staged from 2006 to 2009 featured several hundred young musicians from Poland, Russia, Latvia, Moldova, France, Italy and Japan and were teamed up with concerts of teachers and participants.

After the death of late Prof. Maciej Paderewski, organisers decided to follow up on his work and subsequent editions of Courses were staged in his memory. Róża Paderewska became the Artistic Director and the organiser of Courses (the fifth edition) was Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw and later The Foundation for Cultural Education (from the sixth edition). From their seventh edition onwards, Courses are staged at Wilanów Cultural Centre.

From 2011 until 2016 subsequent editions of Courses were attended by more than 400 participants from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, the UK, Italy, Norway, Finland, Israel, Japan, China, Korea a.o. They were always teamed up with concerts of teachers and participants staged at the Concert Hall of Karol Szymanowski Music School No. 4, Nowy Fort Sokolnickiego in Żoliborz, Wilanów Cultural Centre, John Paul II Collection Museum and (from 2013) at the Wilanów Palace.

 The special guest of the seventh edition of Courses was Prof. Jerzy Marchwiński who delivered a seminar for participants – a lecture entitled “Reflections on solo and ensemble performance” and a teaching demonstration.

Lecturers of ten past editions of Warsaw International Master Courses included eminent soloists and chamber musicians as well as academic teachers from music universities. Piano classes were delivered
by: Alberto Nosè, Janusz Olejniczak, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Irina Rumiancewa-Dabrowski, Wojciech Świtała, Andrzej Tatarski, Waldemar Wojtal and Dina Yoffe, violin classes by – Vadim Brodski, Bartosz Bryła, Mariusz Patyra and Stefan Tarara, viola lessons – Ryszard Duź, wiolonczeli – Stanisław Firlej, Robert Fender, Bartosz Koziak and Tomasz Strahl, saxophone lessons – Paweł Gusnar and Alicja Wołyńczyk, vocal lessons – Ewa Iżykowska, Leonard Andrzej Mróz and Włodzimierz Zalewski, chamber ensembles – Ryszard Duź (string quarters), Maja Nosowska and Maciej Paderewski (chamber ensembles and piano), jazz improvisation and introduction to composition – Krzysztof Herdzin.

Prof. Jerzy Marchwiński wrote about Warsaw International Master Courses:
Among numerous Master Courses held at many music centres in our country, this one is underpinned by a unique idea and character. It is addressed to the entire music community, students of primary schools as well as fully-fledged adult performing artists. The formula of Courses creates room for very young people who – perhaps – assisted by their mentors will be eager to demonstrate their skills to another master, students of secondary schools and music universities and even fully-fledged musicians who long to confront and engage in a dialogue with a master, another mature musician. This unique formula deserves the highest praise, should be continued and developed, promoted and publicized.