Famous Polish piano teacher turns 80
PR dla Zagranicy
Andrzej Jasiński, a professor at the Music Academy in Katowice, southern Poland, celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday.
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A jubilee concert in his honour will be held at the Academy on 5 December, after his return from China, where he is giving masterclasses.
Jasiński made world headlines in 1975, thanks to the spectacular victory of his student Krystian Zimerman at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.
In later years, he taught many up-and-coming pianists who developed fine careers, such as Joanna Domańska, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Jerzy Sterczyński, Wojciech Kocyan, Rafał Łuszczewski, Beata Bilińska and Anna Górecka.
Anna Górecka, now head of the Piano Department at the Music Academy in Katowice, with which Professor Jasiński has been associated since 1961, told the Polish Press Agency that teaching has always been a vocation and passion for Jasiński.
She said: “Professor Jasiński is renowned for his ability to establish an extraordinary rapport with his students, treating them very seriously, and at the same time with much warmth and openness”.
While pursuing his teaching career, Jasiński continued his artistic activity, which began after winning the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona in 1960.
In addition to regular performances in Poland, he has given concerts in Italy, Germany, Japan, Brazil and Uruguay.
Jasiński has sat on the jury of the most prestigious piano competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (eight times), the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
He has given masterclasses in many European countries, Japan, Brazil and the United States. (mk/pk)