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Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Luxembourg was established in Luxembourg in 1969.  The Bank is a member of the Geneva-based LCF Rothschild Group.   More >>

In 1832, on the eve of leaving France to go to America, Chopin was by a coincidence introduced by his old friend Prince Antonin Radziwill to Baron James de Rothschild.  Overnight, Chopin received a mass of requests for piano lessons and he stayed in Paris.  Today, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, Chairman of the LCF Rothschild Group, is the great-great-grandson of James.

Detail of portrait of Charlotte de Rothschild, born 1825.  Her husband, Nat de Rothschild, bought the Mouton estate in Bordeaux in 1853.  Image provided by N.M. Rothschild & Sons, London.As an acknowledgment of the patronage extended by Baron James de Rothschild and his wife Betty over the years, Chopin dedicated in 1847 his Valse Op. 64, N° 2 in C sharp minor to "Madame la Baronne de Rothschild", Charlotte (portrait), who was the eldest child and only daughter of James and Betty.

Baron James de Rothschild - banker, trusted adviser of ministers and kings, and patron of the arts.

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Valse 1, Op. 18, N°1 Eb


The oil painting of Baron James de Rothschild (1792-1868) is attributed
to Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800-1882), the German painter.
The image as well as the image of Charlotte de Rothschild
were kindly provided by N.M.Rothschild & Sons,
London, where the paintings are on display.