Józef Turczyński

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Józef Turczyński (born February 2, 1884 in Zhytomyr , † December 27, 1953 in Lausanne ) was a Polish pianist and music teacher.

Turczyński had violin and piano lessons in his childhood from his father, who in turn was a student of Stanisław Moniuszko . From 1902 to 1906 he studied law in Saint Petersburg and took piano lessons with Anna Jesipowa at the Petersburg Conservatory . In 1907 he received his law degree in Kiev and then went to Vienna, where he attended master classes from Ferruccio Busoni . He made his debut as a pianist in Vienna in 1911 and won a piano competition in Saint Petersburg the following year. In the following years he performed all over Europe (including Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris) as a piano virtuoso with Alexander Scriabin and Nikolai Medtner .

In 1920 he settled in Warsaw and taught as a professor of piano at the Warsaw Conservatory . From 1933 he also taught at his own institute for piano playing. In 1927, 1932 and 1937 he was a juror at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. His students included Witold Małcużyński , Henryk Sztompka , Stanisław Szpinalski , Maryla Jonas , Maria Wiłkomirska , Aleksander Sienkiewicz , Jadwiga Sukiennicka , Stanisław Staniewicz , Mojżesz Weinberg and Halina Czerny-Stefańska .

He received important suggestions for his own concert activities during the time of Ignacy Jan Paderewski , whom he met at a concert in Morges. He toured Europe every year until the outbreak of World War II. In 1937 he began an edition of Fryderyk Chopin's works with Paderewski and Ludwik Bronarski . During the war he lived and worked in Switzerland. After the war he did not return to Poland. In 1946 he toured England, 1950–51 a year-long trip to South America.

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