KATARZYNA (EKATERINA) POPOWA-ZYDROŃ - polish pianist of Bulgarian origin. Graduated with honours from State High School of Music (now Academy of Music) in Gdansk, from prof. Zbigniew Sliwinski's class, in 1973. Completed her postgraduate studies in Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, in prof. Alexander Jenner's class. Participant of master classes run by Susanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin and Georgy Sebok. Prizewinner of the following Polish competitions: 4th Polish Festival of Young Musicians; 2nd Polish Competition of Piano Music. Entered semi-finals of 9th International Chopin Competition, Warsaw, 1974 (won 4th award); Piano Competition in Terni, Italy, 1975 and ARD Piano Competition in Munich in 1978.
She gives performances both in Poland and other countries. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to 20th c. music and includes works of Mozart, Beethoven (Sonata op. 106 among others), Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and others. She has also given first performances of Polish contemporary composers. Chamber music is amongst her favourites; she has played in piano duet, piano and violin, piano and cello, piano and flute; trio and quintet. She has also performed with singers such as Urszula Kryger, Piotr Kusiewicz, Florian Skulski and others.
Together with her colleagues Ekaterina Popowa-Zydroń founded the „Society of Music Lovers in Gdańsk" in 1996. It organizes chamber music concerts, which are well-known for their high standards; among its achievements is also the organization of annual international festival of chamber music „Musica nos unit". Ekaterina Popowa-Zydroń was awarded the Prince Mściwoj medal by the Town Council for her social accomplishment in the field of culture. She is also recipient of several significant state decorations.
Katarzyna (Ekaterina) Popowa-Zydron's links with musical education are long-lasting. At present she is a professor of piano at the Academy of Music in Gdansk and in Bydgoszcz. She has also been teaching several talented high school students in Pomeranian Voivodship and in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship. She has also been invited to run numerous masterclasses in Poland and other countries, held seminars, open classes and consultations. She co-operates with the Centre of Artistic Education in Warsaw. She has been a jury member for several Polish and foreign competitions. Her students have been prizewinners of of various piano competitions in Poland and abroad. Some of them have become performers or piano teachers themselves.