Hesse-Bukowska, Barbara, Polish pianist; b.Lodz, June 1, 1930. She studied piano with Margerita Trombini- Kazuro, then continued her musical education at the Warsaw Academy of Music. In 1949 she won 2nd prize in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and in 1953 she was awarded the Chopin Prize at the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. From that time she made regular appearances in London, Paris, Moscow, Vienna, and Rome, and also made extensive tours of India, Egypt, and Japan. In 1963 she became a member of the faculty of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and in 1973 she joined the Academy of Music in Warsaw. She is regarded as a fine interpreter of Chopin and also a leading champion of contemporary Polish music.
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