Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron

Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron is an internationally acclaimed Polish pianist of Bulgarian descent. A former student of Alexander Jenner at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and a participant in master classes with Suzanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin, and Gyorgy Sebok, she was also among the finalists and winners of various prestigious national and international competitions.

Ms. Popowa-Zydron performs regularly in Poland and abroad. Her repertoire includes compositions from the Baroque to the present day, with particular emphasis on the works of Bartók, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and others. She is known for premiering Polish modern music. She has also performed as a chamber musician with renowned soloists and ensembles. Her concerts and recordings for Accord Musidisc, Art Records, CD Accord, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute have been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences.

Ms. Popowa-Zydron is a professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where for a number of years she was also head of the Piano Department. She frequently gives master classes and conducts seminars and courses for piano teachers at home and abroad. She has frequently served on national and international music competition juries, notably at the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition, and then at the XVII edition of that competition, where she was named head of the jury. She is president of the I. J. Paderewski Music Society in Bydgoszcz and the organizer of the Paderewski International Piano Competition and the Paderewski Piano Academy, which offers one-of-a-kind summer courses in piano playing with a symphonic orchestra.

Her students have won awards in numerous competitions, and have gone on to fulfil active performing and teaching careers. Among her former pupils are Rafał Blechacz, Katarzyna Borek, Krzysztof Herdzin, Radosław Kurek, Michał Szymanowski, Michio Nishihara Toro, and Paweł Wakarecy. Ms. Popowa-Zydron has received a number of local and national awards for her artistic and pedagogical achievements.

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