Drzewiecki, Zbigniew

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Drzewiecki, Zbigniew

Drzewiecki, Zbigniew, distinguished Polish pianist and pedagogue; b. Warsaw, April 8, 1890; d. there, April 11, 1971. After preliminary training in Warsaw, he studied with C. Prohaska at the Vienna Academy of Music (1909–11) and privately with Maria Prentner (1911–15). He had a few private lessons with Paderewski (1928). In 1916 he made his debut as a soloist with the Warsaw Phil.; he taught at the Warsaw Academy of Music (1916–44; 1945–68) and at the Lvov Cons. (193CMO); in 1945 he founded the Krakow Cons., where he was rector (1945–50) and teacher (until 1968). His fame as a pedagogue reached beyond his homeland; his students included Roger Woodward from Australia and Fou Ts’ong from China. He was active in ISCM activities in Poland and served as a jurist for the Chopin Piano Competition, in which 1st prizes were captured by his students Halina Czerny- Stefanska (1949) and Adam Harasiweicz (1955).


S. Kisielewski, Z. D. (Krakow, 1973).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire