JÓZEF STOMPEL - was born on 4th July 1933 in Świętochłowice. He studied piano at the State High School of Music in Katowice in the class of Wanda Chmielowska, graduating with honours in 1959. He continued his studies in Salzburg with Bruno Seidlhofer. He received awards at the National Mozart Competition and the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest. In 1960, he received a distinction at the 6th Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
Today, Józef Stompel is a distinguished performer and teacher. As an eminent pianist, he has received invitations to leading festivals, including Warsaw Autumn, Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, Mariánské Lázně, Antonin and the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk. He appeared twice at the Carnegie Hall, presenting works by Polish composers: Paderewski, Szymanowski and Chopin. He is dedicated to the rediscovery of forgotten Polish music, playing it on the concert stage, broadcasts and CDs. He has given first performances of works by Bolesław Szabelski, Józef Talarczyk, Jerzy Gablenz, Zygmunt Stojowski, Witold Friemann, and modern composers such as Romuald Twardowski, Krzysztof Baculewski, Edward Bogusławski, Jan Wincenty Hawel, Józef Świder and others. Among his recordings are a CD with the solo works of Władysław Żeleński (for the Polskie Nagrania label), and a Chopin and Gershwin recording for Classicord.
In 1966, he began his teaching career at the State High School of Music in Katowice. From 1979 to 1984 he was Dean of the Instrumental Department. In 1996-2002 he was Head of the Piano Department at this academy. His students have been prizewinners of various piano competitions in Poland and abroad. He has held masterclasses in Belgium, the US, Uruguay, Japan, Korea and Canada. He has sat in the juries of the 14th and 15th Chopin Competition. He twice received the Minister of Culture Award, and the National Education Medal. He is Honorary Citizen of his home city, Świętochłowice. In 2005 he was also invited to the Programme Board of the NIFC.