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Magdalena Adamek: Frederic Chopin, his Music and Quest for Artistic Authenticity

November 1, 2022 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Free


Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA, 23220
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This hybrid event is free and open to the public.

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Frederic Chopin, his Music and Quest for Artistic Authenticity

Magdalena Adamek: Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano

Frederic Chopin, his Music and Quest for Artistic Authenticity: Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin is one of the most transformative and iconic artists. He left behind an exceptional piano oeuvre that reveals complexity and depth by uniting Polish heritage and western forms and traditions. Chopin continues to inspire generations of artists through his unique stance as a person who searched for authenticity, having experienced a sense of displacement geographically and culturally. 

The lecture will explore the life and music of the composer and the cultural and political climate in Poland and Central Europe in the 19th century. It will also address how certain pivotal life events shaped the composer’s artistic viewpoint and contributed to the creation of masterpieces, which are cherished among audiences across the globe.

This hybrid event is free and open to the public. The in-person lecture will be held a the ICA auditorium.



Magdalena Adamek holds a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland (now the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music), and a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta, Canada. Adamek is dedicated to performing in solo and chamber music settings. Her performing career includes recitals and lectures across Poland, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, France, China, the USA and Canada, with a diverse repertoire that specifically highlights works by Polish composers. In addition to performing, she has presented workshops on performance-related topics, including piano technique, artistry, and practicing strategies. Her discography includes five compact discs for independent Polish label Acte Prèalable, with world premiere recordings of the works by Polish composers and CD Romantic Central Europe, made in collaboration with the Wirth Institute at the University of Alberta. Adamek is an assistant professor of music at VCUarts.

Previous lectures in the series may be viewed here.