Assistant Professor Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just
Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just was born in Warsaw in a family with multigenerational musical traditions.
She took up piano lessons at the age of four under Hanna Lachertowa. She graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Teresa Manasterska. After graduation she continued her studies under Prof. Halina Czerny-Stefańska until her death in 2001.
She is a laureate of numerous prestigious international piano competitions: the “Steinway&Sons” Competition in Berlin (1990), the Chopin Competition in Darmstadt (1999), the Halina Czerny-Stefańska Competition in Ajigasawa (2000), the “Art Livre” Competition in Sao Paulo, Brasil (2001).
For over ten years she has run vivid concert activity as a soloist and a chamber musician all over the world (in Europe, Asia, both Americas, New Zealand and others).
On her scorecard she has many prestigious concerts in Poland and abroad with outstanding orchestras and conductors.
As a promoter of Polish music she has given numerous first performances and made many world first recordings of piano works by Polish composers from the 18th century to the present day.
As a Polish pianist she can be proud of her great phonographic activity. She has made over 20 CD recordings. They are, e.g.: as the only Polish artist, complete solo and chamber pieces by Chopin, complete works for violin and piano, for solo piano and a piano concerto by Romual Twardowski; complete chamber works and piano concertos by Henryk Melcer; solo piano pieces by Władysław Żeleński; complete chamber pieces by Józef Elsner; chamber works by Zygmunt Stojowski. Her recordings are highly valued by music lovers and critics, they gain great reviews and awards in renowned music magazines all over the world.
The artist is also an author of performance elaborations of piano pieces published by the Polish Music Publishers (PWM)
At present the pianist also runs teaching activity holding the post of adiunkt (Assistant Professor) in piano class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.