pianist, pedagogue; b. 6 January 1935 in Truskolasy. In 1958 he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) where he studied piano with Prof. Maria Wiłkomirska and chamber music with Prof. Kiejstut Bacewicz. He further developed his artistic skills in Salzburg and Taormina with Carlo Zecchi.
Until recently, he has been a prolific performing artist specializing mostly in piano chamber music. He partnered Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Rita Streich, Teresa Żylis-Gara, Régine Crespin, Andrzej Hiolski, Halina Słonicka, Jerzy Artysz, Stefan Kamasa, Maureen Forrester, his wife Ewa Podleś and many others. He also performed as the official pianist partnering participants in numerous international music competitions (Munich, Toulouse, Bilbao and Rio de Janeiro).
He combined concert performances with educational activities which he has been continuing until now. He achieved the academic rank of full professor and founded and headed for many years the Chair of Piano Chamber Music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and L’Association des Artistes Musiciens Polonais en France. On November 5, 2015 the National Centre for Education and Promotion of Musical Partnership and the Culture of Ensemble Performances at Artur Rubinstein Schools of Music in Bydgoszcz was established on his initiative. He also lectured in the USA. and Canada.
Partnership in music is the leitmotiv of his educational activities. He wrote books on the subject: O partnerstwie w muzyce (On Partnership in Music, Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, 2001), Partnerstwo w muzyce (Partnership in Music, PWM, 2010), Kameralistyka fortepianowa (Piano Chamber Music, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, 2014), Muzyczne Partnerstwo, Wydawnictwo Drugie, 2018 and many articles and essays in the "Ruch Muzyczny" ("Musical Movement") magazine.
He recorded over 25 CDs. Together with Konstanty Andrzej Kulka whom he partnered for many years, they received Level 1 Award of the Polish Radio for recording all works by Karol Szymanowski for violin and piano. He was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit and is Laureate of Level 1 Award of the Minister of Culture and Art for his overall artistic achievements. He was also awarded the Gloria Artis Medal and received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta from the hands of the President of the Republic of Poland, also for his overall artistic achievements.
update: 2019 (ac)