Welcome to the Paderewski Festival

The Central Coast's Premier Music Festival in Paso Robles, CA

The California Central Coast's Paderewski Festival is a four-day musical feast held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles' rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski - virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker.

Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy.

We invite you to join us at the 2014 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!


2014 Paderewski Festival

in Paso Robles

November 5-9

The 2014 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles is pleased to announce that pianist Zheeyoung Moon, first prize winner of the 2013 Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will be this year's Festival gala concert performer on Saturday, November 8. Other performances over the four-day Festival are slated to include a celebration of Paderewski's birthday with Cassandra Tarantino and Cuesta College North County Chorus, a recital of violin and piano music with Mariusz Patyra, violin (winner of the Paganini Competition in Italy), and a recital by winners of this year's Youth Piano Competition. Festival activities will also include a Piano Master Class with Zheeyoung Moon, and recitals by students from Poland and Ukraine participating in this year's cultural exchange program. Additional information on the festival will be provided as available.

2014 Paderewski Festival Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, November 5

Cass Winery, Paso Robles
Recital of Youth Exchange Program pianists from Poland and Ukraine.
(Wine Industry event)

Thursday, November 6

6:30 p.m. no host wine reception, 7 p.m. concert followed by dessert & coffee
Tickets: $30, students under 18 free
5:30 p.m. optional buffet dinner
Tickets: $30
Cass Winery, Paso Robles
Celebration of Paderewski's birthday with Cuesta College North County Chorus program, including Paderewski's only choral work "Hej Orle Bialy!"

Friday, November 7

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Mission Plaza (intersection of Monterey and Chorro Streets), San Luis Obispo
    Concert of Youth Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.
  • 2 p.m., Park Ballroom, Paso Robles
    Master Class with Zheeyoung Moon, winner of 2013 Paderewski International Piano Competition and 2014 Paderewski Festival Gala Performer.
  • 7 p.m. wine reception, 7:30 p.m. concert, Park Ballroom, Paso Robles
    Tickets: $30, students under 18 free
    Wine reception and recital of classical violin and piano music with Mariusz Patyra, violin and Krzysztof Herdzin, piano.

Saturday, November 8

  • 10 a.m., Park Cinemas, Paso Robles
    Documentary of 2013 Paderewski Festival, plus feature film Impromptu (1991) about Chopin starring Hugh Grant and Bernadette Peters.
  • 12:30 p.m., City Park Gazebo, Paso Robles
    Polish dance group Krakusy will present traditional and folk dances.
  • 4 p.m., Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
    Recital of 2014 Youth Piano Competition winners.
  • 7 p.m. wine reception, 7:30 p.m. concert, Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
    Tickets: $30, students 18 and under free
    Gala Concert with pianist Zheeyoung Moon, winner of 2013 Paderewski International Piano Competition, featuring solo works by Chopin, Paderewski and others.

Sunday, November 9

11 a.m., Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
Recital of Youth Exchange Program pianists from Poland and Ukraine.


Paderewski Monument in

Downtown Paso Robles Park


There is no person of greater international
fame who was a major landowner, grower and
winemaker in Paso Robles than

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles will dedicate a 790-pound bronze likeness of Ignacy Jan Paderewski rendered by artist Jessie Corsaut near the entrance of the historic Carnegie Library in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park as part of festivities of the 2012 Paderewski Festival.

Polish by birth and a citizen of the world, Paderewski felt at home in America and returned to Paso Robles for long visits during the years 1914-1939. This monument celebrates the legacy of Paderewski that continues in Paso Robles thanks to the annual Paderewski Festival, youth piano competition, concerts and cultural exchanges with the province of Tarnow, Poland.

Erected with the support of city and county officials, and the government of the Republic of Poland, the monument was unveiled with fanfare on November 10, 2012. All funds for the statue construction and installation were raised by the Paderewski Festival Board of Directors. Donations from generous residents and businesses, as well as the government of the Republic of Poland, made this $42,900 monument project possible.


Donations that support of the future of Paderewski Festivals in Paso Robles are always greatly appreciated and most welcome by this completely volunteer run organization. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the Paderewski Festival.

Areas to which donations can be made include:

  • Youth Exchange Programs, including airfare for U.S. students going to Poland (expenses on the ground in Poland are generously covered by Polish hosts).
  • Operating Expenses, including printing, advertising, venue and equipment rentals, and artist fees.
  • Student enrichment donations will be directed to master classes on the Central Coast and instrument upgrades at Paso Robles High School.

Donations to be made ONLINE or sent to:
Paderewski Festival, P.O. Box 272, Paso Robles, CA USA 93447

Thank you for your support!


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed and very much appreciated. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for the 2014 Paderewski Festival, please email marjorie@hamonohd.com or call (805) 769-4622 for further information.

For event information call:
(805) 235-5409

P.O. Box 272
Paso Robles, California USA 93447
(805) 769-4622

Board of Directors

Steve Cass
Marjorie Hamon
Marek Zebrowski
Artistic Director
Krysta Close
Polish Music Center, USC
Kristen Darnell
Special Events
India D'Avignon
Youth Piano Competition
Joel Peterson
Gracie Rey
Special Events
Cri Cri Solak-Eastin
Public Relations & Website
Anita Speciale
Festival Program

Advisory Board

Brian Alexander
John Fisher
Debbie Lagomarsino
Frank Mecham
Norma Moye
Paula O'Farrell
Barbara Partridge
Christine Smith


The Paderewski Festival is a 501c3 non profit corporation #30-0475608