The prodigy was featured in the Warsaw newspapers, and little Chopin became the attraction and ornament of receptions given in the aristocratic salons of the capital. His first professional piano lessons lasted from 1816 to 1822, when his teacher was no longer able to give any more help to a pupil whose skills surpassed his own. rfel, a renowned pianist and professor at the Warsaw Conservatory, supervised the further development of Frederic’s talent. rfel would offer valuable, although irregular, advice as regards playing the piano and organ to young Chopin.
Frederic later attended the Warsaw Lyceum where his father was one of the professors.
Chopin, however, ultimately chose Vienna where he wished to consolidate his earlier success and establish his reputation.
On 11 October 1830, he gave a ceremonial farewell concert in the National Theatre in Warsaw, during which he played the Concerto in E minor, and K. On 2 November, Chopin left for Austria, with the intention of going on to Italy.
Traces of these experiences are encountered in the so-called Stuttgart diary: “The enemy is in the house (…) Oh God, do You exist? – Have You not had enough of Moscow’s crimes or are You Yourself a Muscovite [...] I am here, useless! At times I can only groan, suffer, and pour out my despair at my piano!
” In the autumn of 1831 Chopin arrived in Paris where he met many fellow countrymen. In Paris, his reputation as an artist grew rapidly.The musical talent of Frederic became apparent extremely early on, and it was compared with the childhood genius of Mozart.Already at the age of 7, Frederic was the author of two polonaises, the first being published in the engraving workshop of Father Cybulski.Even if so, as an artist, I am still in my cradle, as a Pole, I am already twenty; I hope, therefore that, knowing me well, you will not chide me that so far I have not thought about the program of the concert”.The performance ultimately took place on 11 June 1831, in the K?Up to then, he had never left Poland, with the exception of two brief stays in Prussia.In July 1829 he made a short excursion to Vienna in the company of his acquaintances. rfel, who had been staying there for three years, introduced him to the musical milieu, and enabled Chopin to give two performances in the K?He spent his summer holidays in estates belonging to the parents of his school friends in various parts of the country.The young composer listened to and noted down the texts of folk songs, took part in peasant weddings and harvest festivities, danced, and played a folk instrument resembling a double bass with the village musicians; all of which he described in his letters.This was the first publication of a Chopin composition abroad, for up to then, his works had only been published in Warsaw.Upon his return to Warsaw, Chopin, already free from student duties, devoted himself to composition and wrote, among other pieces, two Concertos for piano and orchestra: in F minor and E minor.