Professor Regina Smendzianka died

16/09/2011

With regret I have to announce the death of Pro­fes­sor Regi­na Smendzian­ka after a long and painful ill­ness on the 14th Sep­tem­ber 2011.

Pro­fes­sor Regi­na Smendzian­ka was an out­stand­ing and world famous pianist, she held the posi­tion of Rec­tor of the State High­er School of Music in the peri­od of 1972–1973 and was a Doc­tor Hon­oris Causa of the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music.
Pro­fes­sor, lau­re­ate of the 4th Inter­na­tion­al Fry­deryk Chopin Piano Com­pe­ti­tion, and lat­er on she her­self was a juror of sub­se­quent edi­tions of this com­pe­ti­tion, as well as the P. Tchaikovsky Com­pe­ti­tion in Moscow or com­pe­ti­tions in Saler­no, Tokyo and Byd­goszcz. Start­ing from her debut in March 1947 she per­formed recitals, gave con­certs as a soloist with the most famous orches­tras (e.g. artis­tic tours with the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic or the Great Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio) in all con­cert halls in Poland and in almost all Euro­pean coun­tries, as well as in the USA, Cana­da, Mex­i­co, South Amer­i­ca, for­mer USSR, Japan, Chi­na, Mon­go­lia etc.
She was Rec­tor of the State High­er School of Music (the insti­tu­tion which the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music emerged from) in the peri­od of 1972–1973, Doc­tor Hon­oris Causa of the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music (2002), Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor of the FCAM (1997), pro­mot­er of the Pol­ish piano music (Chopin, Paderews­ki, Szy­manows­ki, Szy­manows­ka, Ogińs­ki, Les­sel, Janiewicz, Moniuszko, Malaws­ki, Bacewicz, Łuciuk), also in pub­li­ca­tions (as an edi­tor), dur­ing talks and lec­tures, she record­ed a num­ber of LPs and CDs, she was an author and pro­duc­er of TV pro­grammes, orga­niz­er of con­certs at the St. Andrew Bobo­la Sanc­tu­ary, out­stand­ing ped­a­gogue, she was con­nect­ed with the War­saw con­ser­va­to­ry since 1966. She edu­cat­ed 77 pianists alto­geth­er, both dur­ing MA stud­ies (35) and post­grad­u­ate stud­ies (42), both Poles (30) and for­eign­ers (47), includ­ing many prize win­ners of inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions, as well as pianists who now have the titles of pro­fes­sors, she estab­lished the “Regi­na Smendzian­ka Foun­da­tion”, which sup­ports young pianists.
She received awards of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Art six times, and the Gold Medal “For Mer­it to Cul­ture – Glo­ria Artis”, she was also dec­o­rat­ed with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland, and oth­ers.
Her death is an irrecov­er­able loss for the Pol­ish artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty, we lost an out­stand­ing artist and great ped­a­gogue, schol­ar and pro­mot­er of the Pol­ish music works.

Most sin­cere con­do­lences for the fam­i­ly and loved ones, alum­ni, friends and co-work­ers

Rec­tor of the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music

 


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