Pianist and pedagogue; born 23 October 1936 in Częstochowa.
Andrzej Jasiński, who had taken his first piano lessons from his father, was subsequently a student of Stefania Borkowska's in the National Secondary School of Music, from which he graduated in 1952. He then studied in the piano class of Władysława Markiewiczówna at the National Higher School of Music in Katowice in 1952-59, to graduate with honours. He further developed his skills under Magda Tagliaferro in Paris in 1960-61, and in 1960 won the 1st prize at the Maria Callas International Piano Competition in Barcelona.
Jasiński started concertizing while still a student. His foreign debut took place in 1961 with the RAI Orchestra under Carlo Zecchi in Turin. He has since played in concerts in all Polish philharmonic halls as well as in the Soviet Union, Czechoslovaka, Germany, France, Brazil, Uruguay and Japan. He has appeared at music festivals in the Polish towns of Słupsk, Duszniki, Warsaw and Wrocław, and has played two-piano concerts with Józef Stompel and orchestra. He has performed with the Wind Quintet of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, and has recorded for radio and television in Poland and abroad, doing, among others, several archival recordings with the Grand Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television.
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Since 1961 he has been teaching at the Katowice Academy of Music. He was appointed professor in 1990. In 1972-96 and 2003-2005 he ran the Academy's chair of piano. In 1979-82 he conducted the piano class at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He has also lectured at the Mozarteum Summer Academy for Music in Salzburg and conducted piano courses at the Incontri col Maestro in Imola, Italy, as well as in France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Japan, South Africa, and elsewhere. He has educated a number of concerting pianists - winners of prizes at domestic as well as foreign competitions, notably Krystian Zimmerman, Jerzy Sterczyński, Wojciech Kocyan, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Joanna Domańska, Zbigniew Raubo, Regina Strokosz-Michalak, Rafał Łuszczewski, Magdalena Lisak, Beata Bilińska, Anna Górecka, and Robert Marat.
Jasiński has sat on the juries of international piano competitions in Warsaw (The Chopin Competition in 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 as a member, in 2000 and 2005 as chairman), Bolzano, Brussels, Dublin, Fort Worth, Leeds, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Pretoria, Seoul, Terni, Tokyo, Tel Aviv and Vercelli. Author:
Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Center, October 2006.
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