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Tereza Janina Czekaj

Teresa Janina Czekaj was educated in Poland, at the Łódź Academy of Music, in the piano class of Professor Zbigniew Szymonowicz, winner of the 1949 Chopin Competition. After working for a few years as an assistant at this institution of higher education, she obtained a scholarship from the French government to continue her studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, in the class of Professor Dominique Merlet.

At the same time she actively participates in many masterclasses. Laureate of several international competitions, she regularly performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has given concerts in all European countries, in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore) and in the United States.

In France, where she lives, she is considered as an ambassador for Polish music. His memoir devoted to Juliusz Zarębski, a pupil of Liszt, as well as to the piano with double keyboard knocked down, allowed him to obtain the CA of teaching of piano while being unanimously greeted by the musicological milieu.

Parallel to her piano career, Teresa Janina Czekaj has developed a publishing activity. She is the author of numerous articles on history, fine arts, arts correspondence, ballet and contemporary art. In the years 1998-2001 she was the initiator and chief editor of the very popular historical series: “Journaux de Guerre“. She has also published several collections of her own poems.

For several years Teresa Janina Czekaj has been taking part in the Chopin festival at Saint Julien le Pauvre church. She also performs in other programs where she strives to present, in addition to timeless works, those of less known composers, even unfairly forgotten. She has in her repertoire almost all works by Juliusz Zarębski, several works by Karol Szymanowski (whose entire music for violin and piano and the complete Mazurkas), by Alexandre Tansman, Grażyna Bacewicz – as well than those of other composers who are not necessarily Polish and whose music rarely appears on concert stages.

During the year 2010 Chopin, in addition to the concerts “Tribute to Chopin” (whose programs presented various pieces dedicated to the memory of the great Pole) and the many concerts-conferences that placed the composer in its historical, aesthetic and social context, Teresa Janina Czekaj was chosen alongside Martha Argerich, Adam Harasiewicz, Nelson Freire and Roberto Prosseda to participate in the narrative of Angelo Bozzolini’s film “Fryderyk Chopin”, produced by Italian television RAI.

His recital for the inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the Council of Europe, given in the Grand Salon of the Musée des Invalides in Paris and devoted to Polish music of the last century, was unanimously hailed as a masterful and unique presentation Since 2012 she is president of the Association of Polish Musicians Artists in France who organizes monthly concerts at the Polish Library of Paris.


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