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