dr hab.

Maria Gabryś-Heyke

prof. UMFC


Maria Gabryś was born in Warsaw into a family of musicians. She began to play the piano early on, and completed her education as a pianist at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under the supervision of Professor Teresa Manasterska, and at the Lucerne Musikhochschule under the supervision of Professor Ivan Klánsky, both with special distinction. She increased her knowledge of old keyboard instruments and historical performance practices under the supervision of Professor Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis of the Basel Musikhochschule.

Maria Gabryś has attended master classes by Andrzej Jasiński, Murray Perahia, Andrei Gavrilov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Hiroko Nakamura and Kristian Bezuidenhout. She has herself been teaching at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw since 2005.

Her talent was recognized with various prizes even while still a student, including at the international Chopin competitions in Antonin (Poland), Göttingen (Deutschland), and Marienbad (Czech Republic). She is 1st prize winner the Beethoven competition in Hradec (Czech Republic, 1999) as well as the Edwin-Fischer competition in Lucerne (Switzerland, 2007).

She has received stipends from the International Chopin Society, the Polish Children’s Found, the foundation “Crescendum est Polonia”, and the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2006 she was awarded the Mozart Prize of the Lucerne Musikhochschule.

Maria Gabryś has performed concerts in front of many dignitaries, including the Japanese Imperial Family. She has performed concerts in Europe, South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

Her professional activities concentrate on concert performance, chamber music and teaching. She has hold master classes in Daejon and Pusan in South Korea and in Luzern, Switzerland (Talenwoche). She took also part as a jury member in International Chopin Competition in Marienbad (Czech Republic) and RAHN Wettbewerb in Zurich.