Obituary: Pianist Jerzy Marchwiński Dies at 88

By Afton Wooten

Polish collaborative pianist Jerzy Marchwiński passed away on Nov. 7 in Warsaw.

Marchwiński was born Jan. 6, 1935. He began his music education under his father, who was an organist. He went on to receive a diploma in piano from the Music School in Częstochowa and a master’s degree from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

He began teaching at the Academy of Music. F. Chopin in 1954 and was promoted to professor in 1984. He started the Department of Piano Chamber Music in 1978, which later became an active research and teaching unit. Marchwiński authored several publications on piano chamber music and ensemble playing, where he emphasized the attitude of partnership in music as the basis of team play.

Marchwiński is featured on numerous radio, television, LP, and CD recordings and was a member of the Polish Radio and Television Quartet from 1974-81. He collaborated with many leading Polish vocalist, including his wife, contralto Ewa Podleś, who survives him.

Marchwiński lectured in Canada and the United States, served on juries of international music competitions. He served as vice-president of the Main Board of the Association of Polish Artists and Musicians, and helped establish the Association of Polish Musicians in France in 1991.

For his dedication to music he received the Award of the President of the Polish Radio and Television, the 1st degree award of the Minister of Culture and Art, Gold Cross of Merit, a Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2010, and the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis in 2015.