Paweł Lewiecki

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Paweł Lewiecki (born May 8, 1896 in Nalczyk , † August 21, 1974 in Warsaw ) was a Polish pianist and music teacher .

Lewiecki had piano lessons from the age of four. He attended the music school in Chișinău and studied from 1914 at the Moscow Conservatory with Konstantin Igumnow and Alexander Scriabin . In his diploma concerto, Sergei Rachmaninoff played the piano concerto in F sharp minor.

He was drafted into the tsarist army in 1917 and fought against the Bolshevik soldiers. He managed to escape to Paris via Bessarabia and Turkey. Here he received new papers that allowed him to return to Poland. There he made his debut in 1920 with three concerts in Biała Podlaska. It was followed by appearances in Warsaw and other Polish cities in Czechoslovakia and France, where he works by Polish composers such as Ignacy Jan Paderewski , Ludomir Różycki , Antoni Szalowski , Tadeusz Szeligowski , Roman Maciejewski , Karol Szymanowski , Feliks Łabuński , Adam Sołtys , Roman Statkowski and Ignaz Friedman performed. As a song accompanist he performed a. a. with Aniela Szlemińska . From 1924 to 1939 he also headed the piano department at the Warsaw Conservatory.

He was arrested by the Gestapo in November 1939, but was released in March 1940 following the intervention of Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha . He then taught at the State Music Academy in Warsaw and also gave underground concerts and private lessons.

After the war he continued his career as a pianist. From 1945 to 1949 he taught a piano class at the Music Academy, then he was professor at the State Music Academy in Warsaw. His pupils included Jadwiga Szamotulska , Wanda Łosakiewicz , Janina Garztecka , Józef Kanski , Janusz Mechanisz , Wanda Lehrówna , Ken Sasaki , Michał Wesołowski , Boguslaw Kaczynski , Zofia Krywult , Jadwiga Waśniewska and Andrzej Plonczynski .