Barbara Szczepanska

Barbara Szczepanska

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Barbara Szczepanska was born in Warsaw and graduated of the Chopin Academy in Warsaw with Lidia Kozubek and Teresa Manasterska. Postgrauate piano studies with Victor Mierzhanov, Tschaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, followed. The Oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin and the piano sonatas of Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven belong to the core repertory of Barbara Szczepanska. Concert tours led the pianist trough Poland, Hungary, the former Soviet Union, Spain, Italy and Germany. She played with renowned orchestras but also made her reputation as soloist and as chamber musician. After educational activities at the Academies of Warsaw and of Münster, she became professor of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf in 1989. From 1999 to 2008 she was vice-rector of the university. She founded the training center for highly talented children of the Robert Schumann Hochschule called ,,Schumann Junior”, which she leaded until 2016. In addition, she was visiting professor in South Korea, Taiwan and China. First prizes of renowned piano competitions, gained by her students, document the pedagogical success of Barbara Szczepanska. Among her students are Severin von Eckardstein, who won the ARD Competition Munich, the Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels and the International Competition Leeds, and the internationally successful Russian pianist Nikolai Tokarev. Other students gained prizes at many competitions such as: International Piano Competitions Johannes-Sebastian Bach Leipzig, Piano Competition for Young Pianists Ettlingen, and International Piano Competition Franz Liszt Weimar. She is artistic director and jury chairman at the Robert Schumann Competition for young pianists in Düsseldorf.

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