Nicolas Chopin

Nicolas Chopin

Born Apr 15, 1771

Nicolas Chopin was a teacher of French language in Prussian- and Russian-ruled Poland, and father of Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.

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1771 Birth Born on April 15, 1771.


1787 16 Years Old In late 1787, after the death of Count Pac, Weydlich returned to Poland with his family, and he offered sixteen-year-old Nicolas the chance to come with him. … Read More


1792 21 Years Old Nicolas stayed there until 1792, working as Adam's personal assistant and possibly tutoring his children: Henryka (b. 1777) and Mikołaj (b. 1783). … Read More
1794 23 Years Old His plans came to naught due to illness, which lifted shortly before the 1794 outbreak of the Kościuszko Uprising. … Read More
1798 27 Years Old Nicolas had four sisters, only two of whom survived to adulthood: Anne (b. 23 November 1769, Marainville), who married Joseph Thomas on 13 February 1798, and Marguerite (5 August 1775, Marainville – 10 March 1845), who married Nicolas Bastien on 2 December 1798. … Read More


1806 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Nicolas spent the next several years at Żelazowa Wola with Countess Ludwika Skarbek and her family (relatives of the Łączyńskis), tutoring the four children. On 2 June 1806, he married a poor relative of the Skarbeks who lived with them and ran the household, Tekla Justyna Krzyżanowska (daughter of Jakub Krzyżanowski and Antonina, née Kołomińska, of Długie in Włocławek County). … Read More


1812 41 Years Old Apart from these positions, in 1812 he was appointed professor of French language at an Elementary Artillery and Engineers School (Szkoła Elementarna Artylerii i Inżynierów), and in 1820 at a Military Training School (Szkoła Aplikacyjna Wojskowa), where he was active until the school was closed down in 1831.


1829 58 Years Old In 1829 Ambroży Mieroszewski painted oil portraits of Mikołaj (Nicolas) Chopin and Justyna Chopin (died October 1861, aged 81) and their surviving children: Fryderyk (the earliest known portrait of him, and one of the most convincing); Fryderyk's older sister Ludwika; and his younger sister Izabela. (That same year, Mieroszewski also painted Fryderyk's first professional piano teacher, Wojciech Żywny. … Read More


1833 62 Years Old In 1833, with the reorganization of the educational system following the November 1830 Uprising, Chopin was to have received a position at a planned Pedagogical Institute. … Read More
1837 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1837, when the Institute failed to materialize, Chopin retired. … Read More
1844 73 Years Old Nicolas Chopin died of tuberculosis in Warsaw on 3 May 1844, aged seventy-three. … Read More
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