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FOLLOWING THE SCREENING OF ‘IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN’
Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?
How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?
For four years, award-winning Phil Grabsky travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. Some of the world’s best musicians provide the music, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Funny, heart-breaking, inspirational – this film has been called the first to really illustrate the true nature of this remarkable and still widely-loved composer.
Phil Grabsky and his company have been making films for TV & cinema for the past 30 years. Multiple award-winners, their films include ‘I, Caesar – The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire’ for the BBC, The Great Commanders for C4, over 100 Tim Marlow art shows for C5 and Sky Arts, Great Art for ITV, Terry Jones history films for Discovery, The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan for international cinema – and many more.
The most recent project, that Phil conceived in 2009, was to bring major art exhibitions, galleries and artists to cinema screens around the world. This strand EXHIBITION ON SCREEN now plays in 61 countries.
Phil has also written four best-sellers – available now on Kindle and Audible.
“A directional coup – inventively filmed and coolly perceptive”
– New Zealand Herald
– Sydney Morning Herald
“A superb account providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed”
– The National Business Review
“An indelible portrait offering a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music”