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Henryk Sztompka

Henryk Sztompka

Henryk Sztompka

*1 IV 1901 Bogusławka koło Łucka, Wołyń, †21 VI 1964 Kraków

Henryk Sztompka, Polish pianist and pedagogue. He studied the piano with Antoni Sygietyński in the Warsaw Music Institute and then in the Warsaw Conservatory (with Józef Turczyński) where he graduated with honours in 1926. Between 1921-22he studied also at the Institute of Philosophy at the Warsaw University.

On the 24th of October 1926 he made his debiut in the Warsaw Philharmonic where he performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor by S. Rachmaninow. A year after he took part in the first International Chopin Piano Competition and received the prize from the Polish Radio for the best interpretation of Chopin's mazurkas. In 1928 he went to Paris and became the student of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

On the 24th of January 1932 Sztompka made his debiut in Paris performing the Polish Fantasie by Paderewski with the accompaniment of the Orchestra Colonne conducted by Gabriel Pierné.

On the 8th of December 1932 he performed a very successfull recital with the works by Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin.

Between 1933-39 he gave concerts in Poland invited by Karol Szymanowski, Grzegorz Fitelberg and the Polish Radio. He performed also abroad in London (where he made his debiut with the Chopin recital in Grotrian Hall on 9th of March 1934), Paris, Moskow, Brussels, Liverpool, Hague, Rotterdam, Bukarest and Soffia.

He cooperated with such artists as Ewa Bandrowska-Turska (soprano), Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska (soprano), Jan Kiepura (tenor), Eugenia Umińska (violin).

After the World War 2 he returned on the stages in Poland and took also few concert tours abroad - performing in England, Austria, Belgum, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Island, Germany, Sweden, Turky, Hungary, Holland and Russian. All his performances earned esteem of the public and the critics.

The basis of Sztompka's repertoire was the music of Chopin, for the interpretation of which he was very highly valued. He performed also the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, Pachmaninow, Szymanowski and Paderewki.

In 1957 he recorded - for the company Polskie Nagrania - complete collection of the Mazurkas and Nocturnes by Chopin. Very valuable are also his recordings of the Polonaise in e flat minor, Op. 26 (1932, 1949) and preludes by Chopin, Polish Fantasy by Paderewski and the Piano Concerto in c minor by Rachmaninow.

At the same time he was also very active as a pedagogue. Between 1936 and 1939 he was the headmaster of the piano class in the Conservatory of the Pomerania Music Society in Toruń, and during the occupation he was teaching in secret. Between 1945 and 1964 he was teaching the piano at the Music High School in Cracow, in 1957 he became the headmaster of the department of the Piano, and from 1957 to 1963 vice-chancellor of the Cracow School. Among his students were Regina Smendzianka, Joachim Gudel, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Karol Tarnowski, Maria Korecka and Tania Achot-Haroutounian - later 3rd prize winner in the 6th International Chopin Piano Competitipon in 1960.

He was a member of jury of international piano competitions: Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1949, 1955, 1960; Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud in Paris in 1953, 1955, 1959, 196; in Rio de Janeiro in 1957, José Vianna da Motta in Lisbone in 1957, in Monachium in 1959 and 1960, Czajkowski Competition in Moskow in 1958 and 1962, in Vercella in 1960 and in Geneve in 1962.


 
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in A flat major,
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in A flat major [from the album of Maria Szymanowska]
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in A minor [Op. 68 No. 2]
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in B flat major
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in B flat major, Op. 17 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in B flat major [Op. posth.]
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in B major, Op. 63 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in C major, Op. 33 No. 2
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3

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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in D flat major, Op. 30 No. 3
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in D major, Op. 33 No. 3
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in E minor,
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in F major [Op. 68 No. 3]

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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in F minor, Op. 63 No. 2
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in F sharp minor,

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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in G major [Op. 67 No. 1]
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in G minor, Op. 24 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Mazurka in G sharp minor, Op. 33 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Nocturne in B major,
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Sztompka Henryk Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
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Sztompka Henryk Nocturne in D flat major,
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Sztompka Henryk Nocturne in E flat major,
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