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Adam Harasiewicz

Adam Harasiewicz

Adam Harasiewicz

*1 VII 1932 Chodzież

Adam Harasiewicz – winner of First Prize in the Fifth International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1955). He learned piano from the age of nine with Kazimierz Mirski and Janina Illasiewicz-Stojałowska in Rzeszów. At the age of fifteen, he won First Prize in the Young Talents Competition in Rzeszów. A year later, he took part in the qualifying competition for the Fourth Chopin Competition. He studied piano with Professor Zbigniew Drzewiecki at the State College of Music in Cracow (1950–1956).

In 1955, Harasiewicz won First Prize in the Fifth Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Two years later, he was awarded a medal by the Harriet Cohen Foundation in London for his outstanding pianistic achievements (1957).

Following his triumph in the Chopin Competition, he embarked on intense work as a virtuoso, performing in all the countries of Europe, as well as in Asia and North America. He appeared with the most famous conductors and the most splendid orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls. On one tour of Japan, he gave more than one hundred concerts. He played in the gala concert of the World Exposition in Brussels (1958). In 1960, he inaugurated the Chopin Year celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth with a performance of both Chopin’s piano concertos, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Stanisław Skrowaczewski, at the headquarters of the United Nations. That same year, he was awarded a gold medal by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Foundation in New York.

Adam Harasiewicz is celebrated mainly as a wonderful interpreter of the works of Chopin. His renditions convey the composer’s romantic style, tinged with a hint of nostalgia (defined by the Polish word żal), and his beautiful, sonorous and romantic sound lends a singing character to Chopin’s music. The balance between the lyrical and virtuosic elements in Harasiewicz’s playing gains an almost ideal form.

In the years 1958–1974, Harasiewicz recorded most of Chopin’s works for Philips (fourteen LPs), as well as several compositions by Liszt and Brahms. In addition, he has recorded Chopin’s F minor Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Kazimierz Kord (Polskie Nagrania ‘Muza’, 1979), and the Sonata in B flat minor, Ballade in A flat major, Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1, Scherzo in E major, 3 Mazurkas from Op. 63 and Polonaise in A flat major (Koch, 1992).

Harasiewicz’s teaching work has been limited to a small number of masterclasses and private consultation for concert pianists. He has occasionally sat on the jury of international piano competitions, including in Bolzano (1984), Saragossa (1987), Terni (1989) and Warsaw (Chopin Competition, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010).

He has recorded two discs released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the series ‘Chopin. Complete Works on contemporary instruments':

 

 

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