Running away from war, Frédéric François Chopin found refuge in Paris. Even though he had a reserved personality, the musical and artistic circles of Paris welcomed him with open arms. His music flourished and had a significant impact on our global culture for centuries to come. If he hadn’t run away from Poland, would we even know his name or his music?  Most probably not.

Frédéric Chopin left his home country, Poland, right before the 1830 November Uprising against the Russian attacks. He was only 20 years old. In 1831 he settled in Paris, was never to go back to his home country, even though this was his only wish. After his death, at the age of 39, his sister Ludwika took his heart to Warsaw where it was buried under a pillar in Holy Cross Church.

In 1835,  Chopin was given citizenship status from France. His musical inventions influenced not only his students and followers at the time, but also generations of musicians including French composers such as Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saens, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel. Debussy became a big inspiration for Jazz. Maurice Ravel had a great influence on American composer George Gershwin. In Paris, Chopin was close friends with painter Eugene Delacroix, pianist/composer Franz Liszt, poet Adam Mickiewicz, sculpture Auguste Clesinger and his lover of 10 years novelist George Sand. The artist’s influence wasn’t only on music but also in arts and culture as a whole.

A refugee in Paris-Chopin-Postcard

A Refugee in Paris; Chopin – A Chatty Pianist Concert by Emir Gamsızoğlu will give us a look at the most beloved romantic composer, Chopin’s life, his longing for his homeland, as well as his musical legacy. The concert program will be performed and presented in Gamsızoğlu’s “Chatty” and informative style.

April 21st, 8:00pm

Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center; 111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10023

Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door. Online tickets:


About Chatty Pianist;


Chatty Pianist Concert “How to Bluff About Classical Music”

Pianist/composer Emir Gamsızoğlu started to play the piano at the age of 20, after quitting his career as a professional basketball player in Turkey. He created the “Chatty Pianist” concept to attract listeners of all ages and backgrounds to classical music. Chatty Pianist concerts are engaging the audiences with “Chatty” slideshow presentations featuring fun facts, and personal insight by Emir Gamsızoğlu about music while he is performing. For more information please visit; . To listen to Gamsızoğlu’s recordings of Chopin please click here to go his soundcloud page.


Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Op.53 – Polonaise in A Flat Major, “Héroïque”

Op.Posthume – Polonaise in G Minor (1817)

Op.30, No.4 – Mazurka No.21 in C Sharp Minor

Op.68, No.4 – Mazurka No.49 in F Minor, “Last Composition”

Op.Posthume – Polonaise in B Flat Minor, “L’Adieu” (1826)

Op.10 – Étude No.3 in E Major “Tristesse”

Charles Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)

Op.52 – Six Études No.2 – Pour L’Indépendence Des Doigts

Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Op.10 – Étude No.12 in C Minor “Revolutionary”

Op.20 – Scherzo No.1 in B Minor


Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Op.23 – Ballade No.1 in G Minor

Op.64, No.2 – Waltz No.7 in C Sharp Minor,

Claude Achille DEBUSSY (1862-1918)

L.121 – La plus que lente – Valse

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)

M.61 – Valses nobles et sentimentales No.7 – Moins vif

Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Op.28 – Prelude No.4 in E Minor, “Suffocation”

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)

M.65 -Prélude en La Mineur (1913)

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937)

3 Preludes – No.1 in B Flat Major

3 Preludes – No.2 in C Sharp Minor – Blue Lullaby

3 Preludes – No.3 in E Flat Minor – Spanish Prelude

Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Op.27, No.2 – Nocturne No.8 in D Flat Major


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