Professor Elżbieta Tarnawska, DMus Hab.
She is a finalist of the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1975 and a laureate of the International M. Long-J. Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1977.
She studied in the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the class of Prof. L. Umanskaja and the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the class of Prof. Regina Smendzianka.
She completed her Post-Diploma studies under the direction of:
- Prof. Wiktor Mierzhanow from the Moscow Conservatory,
- Prof. Monique Haas in Paris (French government scholarship),
- Prof. Eugene List in New York (the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship).
Postgraduate studies at the University of Maryland, USA, in the class of Prof. Dr. Nelita True.
Prof. Elżbieta Tarnawska performed recitals as well as concerts with orchestras in all Philharmonic Halls in Poland. She gave concerts in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Romania, Lithuania, Hungary, Cuba and the United States.
Her most highly acclaimed concerts in the United States include performances in the following places:
- The American University in Washington D.C.
- The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore
- University of Maryland
- Iowa State University
- Georgia State University
- The Catholic University in Washington D.C.
- Utica University in New York State
- William Paterson College in New Jersey
- Seton Hall University in New Jersey
- Hamilton College in New York State
- Jersey City State College in New Jersey
- The Lyceum- Alexandria Recital Series in Virginia
- The Dumbarton Concert Series in Washington D.C.
- The Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Washington D.C.
- The Polish Embassy in Washington D.C.
- The Polish Consulate in New York City
- The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City
- The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in New York City
Upon her return to Poland in 1992 she embarked on a career in teaching, while continuing to give concerts. She often performed and gave lectures as well as master classes in music schools.
Prof. Elżbieta Tarnawska took part in many festivals, including the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, the Liszt Festival at the Catholic University in Washington D.C., The F. Chopin Festival in Karlove Vary and Marianske Lazne, in the International Laureates’ Festival in Warsaw and Katowice, in the Mozart Festival at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and in the Internatonal Festival “Chopin in the Colors of Autumn” in Antonin.
She performed under the baton of the following conductors: Jerzy Katlewicz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Bogusław Madey, Tadeusz Strugała, Andrzej Markowski, Tomasz Bugaj, Marek Pijarowski, Józef Wiłkomirski, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Zygmunt Rychert, Jerzy Salwarowski, Jerzy Swoboda, Stefan Marczyk, Witold Krzemiński, Zdzisław Szostak, Adam Natanek, Szymon Kawalla, Ryszard Dudek, Stefan Strahl, Karol Andbild, Zbigniew Goncerzewicz.
The pianist has also been active in other fields, such as:
- recording CDs and making archival radio and TV recordings;
- writing and presenting music programs for the Polish Public Television, (years 1976–1977);
- participating as a juror in many piano competitions in Poland, Spain, the Ukraine and in several editions of the International Chopin Competition in New York.
Prof. Elżbieta Tarnawska has been working at the Chopin Music Academy (presently Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) of since 1993 as a professor at the Department of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ, and in 2005–2008, as Prorector for Foreign Cooperation and Student Affairs.
Elżbieta Tarnawska is also professor of G. and K. Bacewicz Academy fo Music in Łódź and vice-president of the Council for Artistic Education at the Ministry of Culture.