Ludwik Stefański

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Ludwik Stefański (born July 14, 1917 in Cracow ; † August 28, 1982 there ) was a Polish pianist and music teacher .

From the age of six Stefański had piano lessons with Kazimierz Krzyształowicz and lessons in music theory, harmony and composition with Bernardo Rizzi . From 1932 to 1935 he continued his piano training at the Liceo Musicale di Bologna . He then attended a chamber music course and a piano course with Nino Rossi . He finally completed his training in composition and music theory with Cesare Nordio . In 1938 he returned to Poland and began teaching at the Kraków Music Institute.

During the time of the German occupation of Poland, he gave private lessons in Krakow and gave concerts underground. From 1945 he taught at the State Music Academy in Cracow and took piano classes at the Conservatory and the Music Lyceum. From 1948 to 1982 he taught at the Kraków Music Academy , from 1958 as associate professor, from 1970 as full professor. From 1974 to 1982 he held the second chair for piano. From 1959 to 1963 he also directed the piano class at the State Music Academy in Wroclaw. He also gave master classes for pianists in Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan and was a juror at international competitions. His piano students include Joachim Grubich , Kazimierz Kord , Krzysztof Missona , Krzysztof Penderecki , Ewa Synowiec , Bogusław Schaeffer , Rafael Alcolado , Ikuko Endo , Małgorzata Jaworska , Kevin Kenner , Peter Rohde and Okitaka Uehara .

As a soloist and in a duo with his wife Halina Czerny-Stefańska , Stefański has performed in Poland and in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Brazil, Japan and Australia. He also made records and recordings for various Polish and foreign radio stations. In 1990 the State Music Schools in Płock held a Ludwik Stefański piano competition for children and young people.