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Lidia Grychtołówna

Lidia Grychtołówna

Lidia Grychtołówna

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Lidia Grychtołówna – winner 7th award V Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warszawa (1955). L.G. began learning music at three years of age. She gave her first public concert at age of five. She began her formal piano training under prof. Wanda Chmielowska in 1935, and from 1935 continued her training at the Silesian Music Conservatory in Katowice. During World War II, she was taken under the pedagogical wing of Karol Szafranek.

She studied piano at the State Music Academy in Katowice under prof. Wanda Chmielowska (1945-1951), receiving her diploma with highest honours, and later under prof. Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Kraków and Warszawa (1951-1955). In 1957-58, she participated in masters' courses held by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in Arezzo and Bolzano.

Lidia Grychtołówna has placed in several international piano competitions: in Warszawa (V Chopin Competition, 7th award, 1955), Berlin (Schumann Competition, 3rd award, 1956), Bolzano (Busoni Competition, award of merit, 1968), and Rio de Janeiro (award of merit, 1959).

She made her grand concert debut with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Katowice, with Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducting, in 1953. One year later, she debuted in England. She has played concerts in all the European countries, in North and South America, Asia and Australia. She has worked with conductors such as: Constantin Silvestri, William Steinberg, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Roberto Benzi, Hiroyuki Iwaki as well as Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Stanisław Wisłocki, Henryk Czyż, Witold Rowicki, Antoni Wit, Wojciech Rajski among others. She has taken part in international music festivals in Duszniki, Dubrovnik, Bergen, Athens, Sorrento, Toarmin, Perth, La Chaise-Dieu, Adelaide, Warszawa and others. She has performed in the Palace of Nations in Geneva in a celebration of United Nations Day (1965), at the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam, the subterranean Diocletian palace in Split, the Zwinger gallery in Dresden, the castles of the Sforzas in Milan, at Wawel castle in Kraków and others. She was the first to perform Prokofiev's IV Piano Concerto in B major, Op. 53 for left hand and orchestra in England (1967) and Belgium (1988).

She has recorded for the record labels Polskie Nagrania 'Muza', Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and CD the following works: Beethoven (Piano Concerto in E flat major WoO 4 – the first ever record LP of this composition), Chopin (Concerto in F minor, Four Impromptus, four scherzos, all the waltzes, nocturnes and other), Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, Carnaval, Op. 90), Mozart (Piano Concertos KV 414 and 488), Wisłocki (Piano Concertos), Liszt, Rachmaninov, Liadov and Skriabin. After the release of the recording of Chopin's Impromptus and Scherzos, the music critic at the journal 'Diapason' wrote: 'An engaging and model album. Lidia Grychtołówna forces wonder by her vitality, her personality a la Martha Argerich. She knows how to play-out all the shades, all the colours and what else can one say: her unnerving strike, her staccato a-la-Horowitz, her tender lyricism, her wonderful phrasing.'

The pianist sat on the juries of the Chopin Competition in Warszawa (1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000) as well as the Chopin Competition in Miami (1990). Since 1986, she has been teaching piano at the Gutenberg University in Meinz.


 
Lidia Grychtołówna in Youtube:
Grychtołówna Lidia Bolero in A minor, Op. 19
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Grychtołówna Lidia Fantasy-Impromptu
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Grychtołówna Lidia Impromptu in A flat major,
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Grychtołówna Lidia Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
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Grychtołówna Lidia Scherzo in B minor,
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Grychtołówna Lidia Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
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Grychtołówna Lidia Scherzo in E major, Op. 54
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Grychtołówna Lidia Variations in A major (Souvenir de Paganini) [Op. posth.]
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