I would like to introduce a brand-new, unique publication:THE LAUREATES OF THE CHOPIN COMPETITIONS IN WARSAW
Pub. Date: 2010
Publisher: Selene (www.selenemusic.com
A truly unique book, the first of its kind. It tells the history of the renowned International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, spanning almost ninety years, through the artistic biographies of its 117 laureates. The author describes their rivalry and efforts to be the best, the assessment of each pianist’s playing and the laureates’ complicated, often tragic, lives. The book lists all jurors, 161 names in all, who have been responsible for selecting the finest interpreters of Chopin’s music. The publication contains as many as 885 illustrations, including reproductions of 16 manuscripts of Chopin’s works, hundreds of unique photographs, satirical drawings, concert posters and programmes, many of them never published before as they come from hard-to-access collections. 1600 names are listed in the index at the end of the book. The English-language version of the book offers international researchers and piano art lovers information, which until now they have been unable to read because it was originally written in Polish.
The book extract attached to the e-mail includes:
- The 2nd Competition’s laureates and jurors’ list
- Three biographies’ fragments
- Index of names and persons
About the author
is a musicologist, a music critic, a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the author of several books – A Dictionary of Polish Pianists (2003), Ferenc Liszt (1986), Raul Koczalski. A Chopin Interpreter and Composer (1998), Aleksander Michałowski. A Book About the Great Chopin Interpreter and the Musical Warsaw in His Times (2005), Halina Stefańska. Episodes from the Chopin Interpreter’s Life (2006), The Laureates of the Chopin Competitions in Warsaw (2005 – in Polish) – as well as press articles, broadcasts for Polish Radio, music programmes for Polish TV and scientific papers on piano art and piano music, which he has delivered at musicological conferences, sessions, symposia and courses in piano playing. Co-founder and juror of the ‘Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin’ International Record Competitions, Mr Dybowski has been a record producer for Krystian Zimerman, Sviatoslav Richter, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Paul Badura-Skoda, Janusz Olejniczak, Stefania Toczyska, Luigi Alva, Konstanty A. Kulka, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit, Michael Ponti, Jan Ekier, Eugen Indjic, Karol Radziwonowicz, Bernard Ringeissen, Setrak, Jerzy Sterczyński, Peter Toperczer, Igor Zhukov etc.