JERZY STERCZYŃSKI - born in 1957. Began to learn the piano when he was six. Finished Music High School in Bielsko-Biała, studied at the Katowice Academy of Music in Professor Andrzej Jasiński’s class and graduated with honours in 1981. He then continued his training in London with John Bingham.
He won the first prize at the Young Performers prize at the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk and the second prize at the International Music Competition in Saragossa (1983). He is a very active concert performer. He has played in Austria, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Spain, South Korea, Kuwait, Germany, Portugal, Italy Venezuela and Thailand. He has taken part in the Chopin Festival in Duszniki and also in festivals in Lockenhaus and La Chaise-Dieu.
Recordings occupy a special place in his artistic work. Jerzy Sterczyński has recorded 13 compact discs with all Chopin’s nocturnes, waltzes and polonaises as well as his Sonata No. 2 and several small pieces. He has also recorded solo works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Reger and Szymanowski, and Chopin’s, Lessel’s and Dobrzyński’s concertos. His latest record, released in 2005, contains Józef Wieniawski’s solo and cello sonatas.
Jerzy Sterczyński has been a professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw since 1989. He was dean of the Department of Piano, Harpsicord and Organ in 2005–2008. He was re-elected for term 2008–2012.
He has served on the juries of piano competitions at home and abroad.