prof. dr hab.
I started learning to play the piano at the age of 10. In the period of 1973–78 I studied at the Józef Elsner State Secondary School of Music in Warsaw under Aleksandra Sosnowska, MA. I passed the matura examination in 1976 at the N. Żmichowska Secondary School No. 15 in Warsaw and then I studied Computer Science at the University of Warsaw. In 1978 I became a student at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, where I studied for 5 years in the classes of Professor Jan Ekier and Associate Professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj. In 1983 I obtained a diploma with honours there. In the same year I was given an award of the Ministry of Culture and Art for outstanding study achievements. Three times – in 1980, 1981 and 1984 – I won the F. Chopin Society scholarship.
From October 1983 I worked at the FCAM as Assistant at the 1st Chair of Piano. In 1987 I received the FCAM Rector’s Award (individual, 3rd degree) for special educational and teaching achievements. In November 1992 I obtained qualifications of the first degree and since March 1993 I have been Assistant Professor. In 1999 I received the FCAM Rector’s Award (individual, 2nd degree) one more time. In February 2001 I obtained qualifications of the second degree.
Since 1984 I have been cooperating with Professor Jan Ekier on editing the National Edition of Complete Works by F. Chopin (WN). I am a co-editor of all 37 volumes published by the Foundation of the National Edition and the Polish Music Publishers. Works on the WN resulted in a number of speeches at musicologist conferences and lectures at universities and schools in Europe (Spain, Germany, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Hungary), America (USA, Canada) and Asia (Japan, China); their issues are connected with editing and using the critical source editions (“urtexts”) in the performance practice.
Since 1998 I have been Chairman of the Foundation of the National Edition of Complete Works by F. Chopin.
I have given concerts in Poland and abroad by participating – as a soloist – in symphony concerts and by giving recitals and semi-recitals.
I have taken part in jury work at piano competitions.
In pedagogy I combine experiences gained during my studies, concert and teaching activity, as well as during examining autographs and first editions; I put special emphasis on developing the ability of creative reading of a text and next on the ability to show the listeners one’s vision of a music piece in a free and expressive way.
While working with students I want them to achieve the following goals:
- a natural way of playing,
- mastering the richest possible range of the piano sound,
- ability to read the composer’s intention from the score,
- development of music imagination,
- broad development of creative personality,
- being independent at work,
- forming and strengthening one’s high self-esteem.
I run classes in Polish, English, French and Russian.