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Stefan Askenase

Stefan Askenase

*10 VII 1896 Lwów, †18 X 1985 Bonn

Polish pianist and pedagogue, whose mother was one of the students of Karol Mikuli. He studied the piano with Ks. Zacharyasiewicz and T. Pollak. Between 1914 and 1915 he studied in the Music Academy in Viena with E. von Sauer. In 1919 he made his debut in Viena and in 1920 in Warsaw, where he performed Chopin's Piano Concerto in f minor, Schumann's Piano Concerto and Brahms's Piano Concerto in B flat major during two evenings.

Between 1922 and 1925 he was teaching in the Conservatory in Cairo, and in 1925 he settled in Belgium, where between 1937 and 1940 he taught the piano in the Conservatory in Rotterdam, and between 1954 and 1961 in Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels.

He was twice a juror of the International Chopin Piano Competition: in 1955 and 1960. He performed all over the world; he visided Poland in 1946, 1975 and 1983. Among his students there were: M. Argerich, A. Czajkowski, M. Uchida.

He became famous for his interpretations of the works of Liszt, Ravel, Szymanowski and in his later years also Chopin, Mozart and Haydn. The critics valued highly the elegance and simplicity of his playing and the musical logic of his interpretations.

He made many CD recordings (for Deutsche Grammophon): he recorded such Chopin's pieces as: the Piano Concerto in f minor, Sonata in B flat minor and B minor, Preludes, Scherzo in C sharp minor, Ballade in A flat major, Barcarolle, polonaises, nocturnes, waltzes, impromptus and Rondo à la krakowiak.


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