The Leschetizky Music Society was set up in Warsaw in March 2007. It is an organization embracing a group of musicians and scientists who share the idea of promoting music as an important sphere of human existence. The main purpose of the Leschetizky Music Society is to cultivate the ideals of art and work of the remarkable teacher, pianist and composer of Polish origin, Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915), a personality that has been unacknowledged in Poland so far.
Leschetizky educated around 1,200 pianists. Many of his students were numbered among the greatest artists of the past century such as: Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Artur Schnabel, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Ignacy Friedmann and Benno Moisewitch. The master trained a whole generation of piano virtuosos, the traditions of which have been carried on by its successors to the present day. As Janos Cegledy, President of Leschetizky Society of Japan, said: ‘These days, almost all pianists have some connections with Leschetizky’.
Leschetizky societies have so far existed in the USA, Austria and Japan. Recently, Leschetizky society has also been established in Poland, the country of origin of its patron.
The Leschetizky Music Society in Poland will achieve its goals by organizing concerts, competitions, lectures and other music and educational projects. An important aspect of its operation will be undertaking all-round activities to integrate various fields of art and science.