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Zbigniew Drzewiecki

Zbigniew Drzewiecki

Zbigniew Drzewiecki

*8 IV 1890 Warszawa, †11 IV 1971 Warszawa

Polish pianist and pedagogue. He studied in the Music Institute in Warsaw with W. Oberfeldt, F. Konopaska, R. Becker and I. Pilecki (theory of music and violin). Between 1909 and 1911 he studied in Viena and Brno and between 1911 and 1915 he continued his piano studies with M. Prentner, the assistant of T. Leszetycki.

In 1916 he made his piano debut in Warsaw. He performed all over Europe playing the works of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Polish contemporary composers. In 1928 for a short period of time he was a student of I. J Paderewski in Switzerland. He recorded Chopin’s Nocturnes, Etudes, Mazurkas.

In 1916 he started his pedagogical career in the Music Institute in Warsaw. Since 1931 he was the chancellor of the Music Academy in Warsaw, he worked also in Cracow and Lvov. In 1945 he was one of the founders of the High School of Music in Krakow, where he was a teacher and between 1946 and 1952 also the chancellor. Among his students there were laureates of Chopin Piano Competitons: R. Etkin, B. Kon, J. Ekier, H. Kalmanowicz, H. Czerny-Stefańska, W. Maciszewski, R. Bakst, A. Harasiewicz, F. Ts’ong, L. Grychtołówna, M. Sosińska, H. Nakamura and also R. Smendzianka, F. Blumental, W. Kędra, W. Kisielewski and others.

He was one of the initiators of the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and a juror of the competitions between 1927 and 1965 (in 1949 the chairman of the jury). Between 1959 and 1966 he was the president of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw.


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