Katarzyna Popowa Zydroń

Katarzyna Popova Żydroń

Performing in recital for this year’s Festival and teaching daily lessons to our students, internationally renowned Polish pianist KATARZYNA POPOWA-ZYDROŃ serves on juries of many international music competitions, including the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, where she served as chair. Since 1980 she has forged a distinguished career as an instructor, teaching some of the world’s most promising young pianists, including Rafal Blechacz, the top winner of the 2005 International Chopin Competition. Ms. Popowa- Zydroń conducts master classes in Poland and throughout the world, including Germany, France, Bulgaria, Russia, Japan and Korea.  She also holds seminars and teaches courses to enhance the skills of piano instructors.

Ms. Popowa-Zydroń graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, in Professor Zbigniew Śliwiński’s piano class. She continued her education in 1974-75 as a holder of an Austrian government scholarship in Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna in the class of Alexander Jenner. Her piano performance skills were perfected during master classes with Suzanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin and Georgy Sebok.

Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń has enjoyed a brilliant musical career marked by critically acclaimed performances all over the world.  Her versatile repertoire includes compositions from baroque to present day – with particular emphasis on the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy. She also appears as a chamber musician with renowned soloists and groups, including Urszula Krygier, Piotr Kusiewicz, Stefan Popow, and the Camerata quartet and she has performed piano duets with Waldemar Wojtal (1985-92) and Jan Kulesza (1979-83). 

Ms. Popowa-Zydroń is the co-founder of the Gdańsk Society of Music Lovers (1996) and the 'Musica nos unit' International Chamber Music Festival. For her social activities, she has received the Duke Mściwoj Medal from the Gdańsk City Council. In 2004, she received a Commission for National Education medal, and in 2005, the Gloria Artis medal and the Commander's Cross of Polonia Restituta from the President of the Republic of Poland.