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.
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).
- Fréderic Chopin, Piano Music (The Great Chopin Performances) , 2010, Naxos (5 CDs)
- Fréderic Chopin, Classic Masterworks , Capriccio
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Czerny, Halina (maiden name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Polish pianist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 30, 1922|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Krakow|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 1, 2001|
|Place of death||Krakow|