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Joanna Ławrynowicz — Warsaw Piano Grand Prix

Joanna Ławrynowicz is one of the greatest Polish pianists. She was born in Warsaw in the family that had been involved in music for many generations . At the age of four, she started to learn to play the piano and her first educator was Hanna Lachertowa. She graduated with distinction from The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in Professor Teresa Manasterska's class. After graduation, she continued her education with Professor Halina Czerny-Stefańska until her death in 2001.

She has won many prestigious international piano competitions, including The Steinway&Sons Competition for Young Pianists (Berlin 1990),The International Chopin Competition( Darmstadt 1999), The International Piano Competition of Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Ajigasawa (Japan 2000) and The International Piano Competition "Art Livre" in Sao Paulo (Brazil 2001) .

For several years she has been giving numerous concerts both as a solo and chamber pianist. She has already performed worldwide ( Europe, Asia, North and South America and New Zealand). To her credit, there are many prestigious concerts in Poland and abroad, marked by the participation of distinguished orchestras and outstanding conductors .

As a Polish pianist, she is renowned for running abounding phonographic activity. She has already recorded more than 40 albums for Acte Prealable, including the complete solo and chamber works of Fryderyk Chopin (which has never been achieved by any Polish artist before), all compositions for violin and piano, solo piano compositions and piano concerto by Romuald Twardowski; the complete chamber works and piano concertos by Henryk Melcer; Władysław Żeleński's solo piano compositions and the complete chamber works of Józef Elsner and Zygmunt Stojowski. Most of the compositions recorded by the artist have become the world phonographic premieres . Her albums, which are acclaimed by the lovers of classical music and highly appreciated by music critics, are getting very good reviews and they have received distinctions from the best music magazines worldwide.

The pianist is engaged in holding courses and seminars both in Poland and abroad, including the USA ( Indiana University, Bloomington), China, Japan, Lithuania and France (The Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory in Paris). She was one of the judges during The international piano competitions in Shanghai (China), Petrozavodsk and Velikij Novgorod (Russia),  Varenna (Italy) and in Luck (Ukraine).

The artist has also written numerous piano performance instructions, published by Polish Music Publishers. Now the pianist is working as a professor at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in the piano class, being also the head of the Piano Department. 

Among her students there are a lot of the winners of national and international piano competitions, taking place in Poland, Russia, Estonia, Italy, Taiwan, France, Germany, Sweden.

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