The Paderewski Lecture-Recital is the flagship event of the Polish Music Center at USC. The Paderewski Lecture series was initiated in 2002 by then PMC Director Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. This annual event commemorates Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a pianist, composer, politician
(the first prime minister of independent Poland after WWI), humanitarian, and orator, who was greatly acclaimed as
a virtuoso musician and a statesman.
The selection of Paderewski as the patron of the lectures held at USC highlights both his role in California and his connection to the
University. This eminent composer-statesman received an honorary doctorate in 1923, from the School of International Relations at USC.
During the event held at Bovard Auditorium, Paderewski made a speech, but did not perform; a music program was presented by an international
array of artists. Participants in this celebration included USC deans and faculty, representatives of Polish-American Community; musicians
and a patriotic organization called the Native Sons of the Golden West. The audience consisted of USC faculty members and students, diplomatic
corps from L.A. area; journalists and the general public.
The annual Paderewski Lecture-Recitals highlight Paderewski's links to California and to the University. The PMC celebrates the memory of
Paderewski by presenting the most distinguished and talented Polish composers of our times, who discuss their own music. This event spotlights the current achievements of Polish composers and musicians of international stature and brings them to the USC campus.
More information about the lecturers and programs of each year may be found below.
and Related Events
2002: Krauze 2003: Bruzdowicz 2002/2003: Paderewski Exhibit
2004: Skrowaczewski2005: Ptaszyńska2006: Stojowski
2007: Meyer / Paderewski Monument Unveiling2008: Kilar
2009: Górecki2010: Paderewski Sesquicentennial Celebration
2010/2011: Paderewski - The Modern Immortal Exhibit 2011: Łukaszewski 2012: Szymanowski 2013: Dębski
2002: ZYGMUNT KRAUZE
Zygmunt Krauze in 2001. PMC Collection.
For more information about the event, see 2002 Paderewski Lecture
2003: JOANNA BRUZDOWICZ
Joanna Bruzdowicz at USC, 2001. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk.
For more information, see 2003 Paderewski Lecture
PADEREWSKI: PORTRAIT OF A MUSICIAN
On exhibit in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall Gallery, USC, Los Angeles
September 2002 - 31 May 2003.
For more information.
see Event Site
2004: STANISŁAW SKROWACZEWSKI
Skrowaczewski viewing his donations to the PMC Manuscript Collection at USC,
Doheny Library, September 2004.
For more information,
see 2004 Paderewski Lecture
Marta Ptaszyńska official photo.
For more information, see 2005 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
2006: ZYGMUNT STOJOWSKI
Paderewski Recitalist, pianist Jonathan Plowright (right),
discusses Stojowski's music with the composer's sons,
Henry (center) and Alfred (left) Stojowski
after the Paderewski Lecture-Recital.
The Zygmunt & Luisa Stojowski Collection was donated to the PMC at this time
and the Stojowski Room was dedicated on the occasion (October 12, 2006)
For a review of the event, see the November 2006 Polish Music Newsletter
2007: KRZYSZTOF MEYER/
PADEREWSKI MONUMENT UNVEILING
Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Janusz Reiter, shakes hands with
then-USC Provost Max Nikias [now USC President] during the unveiling of the
Paderewski Monument at USC (October 4, 2007)
For a review of the event, see the October 2007 Polish Music Newsletter
2008: WOJCIECH KILAR
Conductor Sharon Lavery leads the ensemble in a program of works by Wojciech Kilar,
in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence
2008 Paderewski Lecture (November 10, 2008)
For a review of the concert, see the December 2008 Polish Music Newsletter
2009: HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI
For a review of the concert, see the October 2009 Polish Music Newsletter
For more information see 2009 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
The 150th anniversary of Paderewski's birth was celebrated at USC on November 4-5, 2010
For more information in Los Angeles and Paso Robles
see IJP @ 150
PADEREWSKI - THE MODERN IMMORTAL
For a review of the exhibit, see the May 2011Polish Music Newsletter
2011: PAWEŁ ŁUKASZEWSKI
Vocal and choral works by Paweł Łukaszewski presented on October 6, 2011
For more information,
see 2011 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
2012: KAROL SZYMANOWSKI
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Karol Szymanowski’s death
with a recital by Mark Robson, piano and Timur Bekbosunov, tenor,
and a lecture by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak of the Royal Philharmonic (October 14, 2012)
For more information,
see 2012 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
2013: KRZESIMIR DĘBSKI
Photo: Jacek Nowaczyński
October 20, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. | Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC, Los Angeles
Celebrating the 60th birthday of one of Poland's greatest composer of film and stage music,
with a lecture by Dębski and a recital of his works performed by the Panic Duo,
and vocalist Anna Jurksztowicz.