The Exquisite Heart and Mind. The life and music of Chopin Alicja Fiderkiewicz A talk with musical illustrations on the life and music of Chopin am y perfformiwr A combination of a Polish pianist and a narrator guiding us throug the life and times of Frederic Chopin. Alicja was born in Poland and studied in Moscow and Manchester. She now lives in Carlisle. Denis Lavin is a producer and a playwright and has scripted this unique perspective on the life and music of Chopin.