Last piano owned by Chopin is being restored in Warsaw

A Pleyel piano from 1848, the last one used by Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, is currently undergoing conservation works at a museum in Warsaw.

The renovation works are being conducted by Paul McNulty, an eminent American expert on historical pianos.

"This momentous event in the history of this extraordinary instrument can be observed by all visitors, from Tuesday December 7 through Sunday December 12," the Fryderyk Chopin Museum's press office told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

The grand piano was given to Chopin in 1848 by his friend Camille Pleyel, the son of the founder of the Pleyel Company, a prestigious maker of pianos in Paris. It was the last piano on which Chopin played and composed.

The instrument, one of the most important mementoes of Chopin, was carefully preserved by successive generations of his family and eventually sold to the National Museum in Warsaw in 1924, where it was exhibited until the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. After the fall of the uprising, the instrument was taken by the Germans to Austria.

The piano made its way back to Warsaw on April 24, 1946 and, since 2005, has been deposited at the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, an organisation which runs the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, is dedicated to the research and promotion of the life and works of the Polish composer.

The renovations of Paul McNulty and his team of conservators can be observed by all visitors.