Jan Ekier

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Jan Stanisław Ekier (born August 29, 1913 in Kraków ; † August 15, 2014 ) was a Polish pianist , composer and music teacher .

Ekier had his first piano lessons initially privately, then at the Władysław -eleński Music School with Olga Stolfowa . At the music school he also studied composition with Bernardino Rizzi . From 1932 to 1934 he studied musicology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. From 1934 to 1939 he continued his studies with Zbigniew Drzewiecki (piano) and Kazimierz Sikorski (composition) at the Warsaw State Conservatory (today Fryderyk Chopin University for Music ) . 1940–1941 he was an organ student of Bronisław Rutkowski .

He already performed as a pianist in his childhood and gave concerts underground during the German occupation. After the war, he performed in major concert halls in Poland and made concert tours through Europe, South America and Japan. The focus of his repertoire was on the piano concertos and solo works by Fryderyk Chopin , the Symphony Concertante Karol Szymanowski , Sergei Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto and the piano concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach .

Until his retirement in 2000 Ekier taught at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy (today Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw. In addition, he gave master classes a. a. in Germany, France and Japan and acted as a juror in numerous music competitions. He prepared critical editions of works by Bach and other composers and from 1959 was chief editor of the Polish national edition of Chopin's works. Among other awards, he received the Golden Cross of Merit (1952), the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and an honorary doctorate from the Fryderyk Chopin University for Music. His first biography, written by Aneta Teichman , appeared on his 100th birthday in 2013 .


  • Dwa preludia for piano (1932)
  • Humoreska for piano (1933)
  • Straszak , children's ballet (1933)
  • Śmierć fauna , scenic image (1933)
  • Dwa mazurki for piano (1933)
  • Kołysanka for piano (1933)
  • Tempo dnia , ballet (1934)
  • Toccata for piano (1935)
  • Mazurek for piano (1935)
  • Suita góralska for chamber orchestra (1935) for symphony orchestra (1937)
  • Krakowiak for piano (1936)
  • Wariacje i fuga for string quartet (1937)
  • Szturmówka for voice and piano (1942)
  • Na nowe drogi - Uderzenie for voice and piano (1943)
  • Janka for voice and piano (1943)
  • Psalm wielkanocny for alto and piano (1944)
  • Dwadzieści kolęd for piano (1947)
  • Kolorowe melodie for piano (1949), for mixed choir and small symphony orchestra (1951)
  • Concert fortepianowy (1949)
  • Music for the animated film Dwie Dorotki (1956)


Individual evidence

  1. Jan Ekier. In: filmweb.pl . Retrieved March 22, 2019 (Polish).
  2. ^ Honorary Doctors. Fryderyk Chopin University of Music .