Barbara Szczepańska, Germany
Barbara Szczepanska, born and raised in Warsaw, studied piano at the Frederik Chopin Academy. After graduation, she continued her studies with Victor Merzhanov, Professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Szczepanska’s core pianistic repertoire includes the piano sonatas of Joseph Hayden and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as the piano oeuvres of Frederik Chopin and Claude Debussy. Concert tours have taken the pianist through her native Poland as well as Hungary, the former Soviet Union, Spain, Italy and Germany
After teaching at the Warsaw and Münster conservatories, she was appointed professor at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf in 1989. From 1999 to 2008 she held the position of a Prorektor for artistic practice th
Barbara Szcepanska has a special affinity for working with young students. Since 2008, she has expanded the study program for young students at her Hochschule and developed the Schumann Junior Center for gifted students, which she directed until 2016.
First prices at renowned Piano Competitions, won by her students, document the pedagogical success of Barbara Szczepanska. These competitions include Queen Elizabeth Brussels, ARD Munich, International Competition Leeds and for young pianists Ettlingen and Franz Liszt Weimar.
Barbara Szczepanska also acted as Jury Member in numerous international competitions as Beethoven Competition Bonn, international competitions for young pianists in Ettlingen and Weimar.
In 2017 Barbara Szczepanska founded an international competition for young pianists, the Robert Schuman Competition Düsseldorf. On October last year the competition was held for the third time at the Robert Schumann Hall Düsseldorf with an orchestra concert. The next Robert Schumann Competition will take place in February 2023