Halina Czerny-Stefańska

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Halina Czerny-Stefańska, 1959

Halina Czerny-Stefańska b. Czerny (born December 30, 1922 in Krakow ; † July 1, 2001 there ) was a Polish pianist.


She was initially tutored by her father Stanisław Schwarzenberg-Czerny and made her debut at the age of seven. In 1934 she won the Alfred Cortot Prize, consisting of a scholarship that enabled her to study with Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris . After returning to Poland, she continued her training with Józef Turczyński and Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw . In 1949 she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition , together with Bella Davidovich , which made her known worldwide. In 1950 she graduated with honors from the Krakow Music Academy and then started a great international career.

She has mainly emerged with works by Frédéric Chopin , although her repertoire was relatively small. In addition, she was often active as a juror, for example at the Tchaikovsky competition .


Halina Czerny-Stefańska had been married to the pianist and music teacher Ludwik Stefański (1917–1982) from around 1942 , who taught at the Kraków Music Academy from 1948 until his death and in 1970 received the title of professor. Her daughter is the harpsichordist Elżbieta Stefańska-Łukowicz (* 1943).

Discography (selection)

  • Fréderic Chopin, Piano Music (The Great Chopin Performances) , 2010, Naxos (5 CDs)
  • Fréderic Chopin, Classic Masterworks , Capriccio

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