*12 I 1953 Moskwa, †1 III 2011 Warszawa
Tatiana Shebanova, runner-up in the 10th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1980), studied piano with Victor Merzhanov at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1976. She then spent ten years as Merzhanov’s assistant.
She won prizes in many international piano competitions, including First Prize in the ‘Concertino Praha’ competition in Prague (1969), First Prize in the Geneva Competition (1976), Second Prize, the special prize awarded by the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw for the best performance of a polonaise and the special prize of the Warsaw Philharmonic for the best performance of a piano concerto at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1980) and First Prize in the ‘Bösendorfer – Empire Grand Prix’ competition in Brussels (1990). She also participated in the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Music Competition in Moscow in 1974.
From her student years, Shebanova pursued an intense career as a concert pianist, performing in nearly all the countries of Europe, as well as in South Africa and the Philippines, and also in Japan, where she toured eleven times. She performed in piano duet with her husband, Jarosław Drzewiecki, and her son, Stanisław Drzewiecki.
She boasted a wide-ranging repertoire, covering all eras and musical styles. She played all the works of Chopin, the complete Bach preludes and fugues (Das Wohltemperierte Klavier), all Mozart’s piano sonatas, all Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words and dozens of compositions by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Scriabin, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and others.
On 28 February 1990, on the centenary of the birth of Samuel Feinberg, Shebanova performed Feinberg’s Second Piano Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky in a gala concert at the Moscow Conservatory, replicating a concert from 1954 when the piano part was played by the composer (Shebanova’s musical grandfather) and the conductor was Rozhdestvensky’s father.
She has left us many valuable phonographic recordings (around 30 LPs and CDs), including many works by Chopin, released by Melodia, Polskie Nagrania ‘Muza’, Dux, Tonpress, Victor, Pony-Canyon, Panton and Empire.
Besides her concert work, Shebanova also taught piano at Bydgoszcz Music Academy and gave masterclass courses, including at Duszniki.
In 2007, she performed in the ‘Chopin and Europe’ festival in Warsaw.
She recorded a number of discs released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the ‘Real Chopin’ series, including the following: