prof. dr hab.
Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just was born in Warsaw in a family with multigenerational musical traditions. She took up piano lessons at the age of four under Hanna Lachertowa. She graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Teresa Manasterska. After graduation she continued her studies under Professor Halina Czerny-Stefańska until the death of this legendary pianist in 2001.
She is a laureate of numerous prestigious international piano competitions: the “Steinway&Sons” Competition in Berlin (1990), the Chopin Competition in Darmstadt (1999), the Halina Czerny-Stefańska Competition in Ajigasawa, Japan (2000), the “Art Livre” Competition in Sao Paulo, Brasil (2001).
She is also a laureate of the „Young Poland” scholarship awarded by the National Centre of Culture.
For many years she has run very vivid concert activity as a soloist and a chamber musician all over the world (in Europe, Asia, both Americas, New Zealand and others).
On her scorecard she has many prestigious concerts in Poland and abroad with outstanding orchestras and conductors.
As a Polish pianist she can be proud of her great phonographic activity. She has made over 30 CD recordings for Acte Préalable. They are, e.g.: complete solo and chamber pieces by Chopin (as the only Polish artist), complete works for violin and piano, for solo piano and a piano concerto by Romuald Twardowski; complete chamber works and piano concertos by Henryk Melcer; piano pieces and chamber works by Władysław Żeleński; complete chamber pieces by Józef Elsner; chamber works by Zygmunt Stojowski and Emanuel Kania. Most of the pieces recorded by the artist are world phonographic premieres. Her albums are highly valued by music lovers and critics, they gain great reviews and awards in renowned music magazines all over the world.
The pianist runs seminars and courses in Poland and abroad, e.g. in the USA (University in Bloomington), China (Conservatories in Shanghai, Guangdong, Daijing), Japan (Conservatory in Kyoto), in Lithuania, France (Paris, the Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory). She has also been a juror at numerous national and international competitions in Varenna, Italy, in Lutsk, Ukraine, and others.
The artist is also an author of performance elaborations of piano pieces published by the Polish Music Publishers (PWM).
Currently the artist runs teaching activity holding the post of Professor in piano class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In September of 2013 she obtained a post-doctoral degree.
More information: www.lawrynowicz.info