Professor Maria Szraiber

Maria Szraiber pur­sues an active career as both pro­fes­sor of piano and con­cert artist. Through­out her life music has been the cen­tral focus and inspi­ra­tion. Con­vey­ing its inher­ent con­tents and emo­tions she con­sid­ers her life mis­sion, ful­filled by per­form­ing and teach­ing music.

She is also inter­est­ed in var­i­ous ques­tions con­cern­ing both the com­poser’s work and its inter­pre­ta­tion poten­tial in the field of the piano lit­er­a­ture as well as in the his­to­ry of piano play­ing which is shown in her research work. In addi­tion, Maria Szraiber devotes some of her time to the mat­ters of the teach­ing process orga­ni­za­tion at the dif­fer­ent lev­els of music edu­ca­tion.

Artistic biography

Born in Sile­sia Maria Szraiber there began the piano edu­ca­tion lead­ing her to the grad­u­a­tion from the Music Acad­e­my in Katow­ice. Her teach­ers were: Wan­da Chmielows­ka, heir of the famous piano school of T. Leschetizky and Bolesław Woy­tow­icz, heir of the pure F. Chopin tra­di­tion, through Karol Mikuli, F. Chopin’s pupil. Maria Szraiber’s piano stud­ies were com­plet­ed at the famed P. Tchaykowsky Con­ser­va­to­ry in Moscow where she worked under the guid­ance of Tatiana Niko­la­je­va and Rudolf Ker­er, both well known rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Russ­ian school of piano play­ing.

Maria Szraiber has per­formed in con­cert halls through­out Poland and most of Europe, as well as in the Unit­ed States, Chi­na, Japan, South Korea and Aus­tralia.

She has made many record­ings. Play­ing the wide reper­toire she is par­tic­u­lar­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the music of Chopin and Debussy.

In addi­tion to per­form­ing Maria Szraiber loves to teach. She is a full pro­fes­sor at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw where she was also elect­ed dean of the Depart­ment of Piano, Harp­si­chord and Organ and was as well head of the Chair of Piano.

For many years Maria Szraiber has been con­duct­ing mas­ter class­es in Poland and abroad. She has sat on the jury of a num­ber of piano com­pe­ti­tions. In line with her inter­est in the his­to­ry of piano play­ing she has been pre­sent­ing a series of con­cert-lec­tures and rem­i­nis­cences enti­tled “Nestors of Pol­ish Piano Play­ing”.


last modified: 07/01/2014