Paderewski Festival

2018 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles

October 31-November 4


The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival 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, and master classes are accompanied by special events at historical vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy. Purchase tickets.

Wednesday, October 31:

Cultural Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert

Paso Robles High School, 10am, by invitation only


Thursday, November 1:

Cultural Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert

Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA - Music Bldg. Room 218

11am, Free


A Conversation with Corey: Paso musician on his musical journey

Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

6pm dinner, 6:30pm wine reception, 7pm concert 

Born and raised in Paso Robles, pianist and composer Corey Jordan works in the film industry.  He will discuss the sources of his musical inspiration and show video clips with his music, interspersing them with live demonstrations of his compositions at the piano.


Friday, November 2:

Master Class with pianist Katie Liu

Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St #200, Paso Robles, CA 93446

11am, Free 


Three Paderewskis—A musical about Paderewski - exile, war, wine, and Poland! 

Music by Jenni Brandon, Libretto by Oliver Mayer

Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St #200, Paso Robles, CA 93446

6:30pm wine reception, 7pm concert 

Late at night over a cask of Paso Robles Zinfandel, three versions of Paderewski sift through a lifetime of memories far too large for any one person: Igancy the pianist/composer, Jan the politician, and Paderewski the ancient sage and viticulturist.  But when the ghost of Paderewski's first wife Antonina rejoins them, all three versions of the man come together as one with a passion that sheds light on the depths of their endless love.  A loving, rousing musical about a man too big to be played by any one person, who changed the world not only through the piano but through his lifetime dream to create the nation of Poland as we know it today.


Saturday, November 3:

Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners' Recital

Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

4pm, Free


Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with pianist Kate Liu

Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

6:30pm wine reception, 7pm concert

She will perform works from Chopin, Paderewski, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Kate Liu was the Third Prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, and the recipient of the Polish Radio Special Prize for her perfromance of Chopin's Mazurkas.  Widely popular with the Polish public, Kate Liu received the highest number of votes cast by listeneers of the Polish Radio's Program II and won the "My Chopin" contest.  In the opinion of listeners, she was the best pianist of the 2015 Chopin Competition.


Sunday, November 4:

Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski Tour, Lunch and Wine Tasting and concert by Cultural Exchange Program and California students. Limited to Paderewski Patrons, Friends of Paderewski and Board Members

Halter Ranch Vineyard, 10:30am - 2pm

For more information please call 805.235.5409. Click here to purchase tickets.