Władysław Szpilman

1911 - 2000

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Władysław Szpilman (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf ˈʂpʲilman]; 5 December 1911 – 6 July 2000) was a Polish pianist and classical composer of Jewish descent. Szpilman is widely known as the central figure in the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist, which was based on Szpilman's autobiographical account of how he survived the German occupation of Warsaw and the Holocaust. Szpilman studied piano at music academies in Berlin and Warsaw. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Władysław Szpilman has received more than 2,191,062 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Władysław Szpilman is the 28th most popular musician (down from 25th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Poland (down from 24th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Musician.

Władysław Szpilman is most famous for his memoir, "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945." In the memoir, he tells the story of his life as a Polish Jew during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.

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Among musicians, Władysław Szpilman ranks 28 out of 2,675Before him are Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, and Giuseppe Tartini. After him are Ronnie James Dio, Bon Scott, Miles Davis, Scatman John, Arthur Rubinstein, and Jean-Michel Jarre.

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Among people born in 1911, Władysław Szpilman ranks 10Before him are Konstantin Chernenko, Naguib Mahfouz, Georges Pompidou, Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, and Nino Rota. After him are Võ Nguyên Giáp, William Golding, Marshall McLuhan, Jack Ruby, Todor Zhivkov, and Mikhail Botvinnik. Among people deceased in 2000, Władysław Szpilman ranks 3Before him are Hafez al-Assad and Hedy Lamarr. After him are Ingrid of Sweden, Emil Zátopek, Habib Bourguiba, Roger Vadim, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Alec Guinness, Lída Baarová, Carl Barks, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Władysław Szpilman ranks 34 out of 1,231Before him are Günther von Kluge (1882), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Kurt Lewin (1890), Wisława Szymborska (1923), and Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456). After him are Max Born (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Jakob Böhme (1575), Adam Mickiewicz (1798), and Rudolf Virchow (1821).

Among MUSICIANS In Poland

Among musicians born in Poland, Władysław Szpilman ranks 1After him are Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Henryk Wieniawski (1835), Henryk Szeryng (1918), Wanda Landowska (1879), Artur Schnabel (1882), Theodor Leschetizky (1830), Bronisław Huberman (1882), Krystian Zimerman (1956), Christoph Eschenbach (1940), Josef Hofmann (1876), and Ewa Demarczyk (1941).