Polish Music Journal
Vol. 5, No. 1, Summer 2002. ISSN 1521—6039




Sławomir Dobrzanski is a versatile pianist frequently performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras. He has concertized extensively in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Paraguay, Peru, and throughout the United States. Mr. Dobrzański is a prizewinner in the MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition (1993, National First Runner-up), the Naftzger Young Artist Competition (Grand Prize, 1993), and the Lincoln Symphony Young Artist Competition (First Prize, 1993). He has recorded several solo and chamber music works for Polish Radio and Polish Television in Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Dobrzański's recent appearances include concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and West Palm Beach, organized by the List-Glenn Institute, the Amadeus Concerts, Inc., the New York Dance & Arts Innovations, Inc., and the Guild for International Piano Competitions.

Dr. Dobrzański graduated from the prestigious Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he was a student of Prof. Regina Smendzianka. He has also taken part in international master classes at the Lucerne Conservatory in Lucerne, Switzerland, where he was a student of Malcolm Frager and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In May 2001, Mr. Dobrzański completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Connecticut, where he studied under the guidance of Neal Larrabee. He received the 2001 Wilk Essay Prize for Research in Polish Music (Student CAtegory) for his paper on Maria Szymanowska and Fryderyk Chopin based on a chapter of his doctoral dissertation about Szymanowska. Currently, Mr. Dobrzański is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

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Katarzyna Grochowska obtained her Master's degree in 1994 at the Catholic University of Lublin where she studied chant and liturgical music. Currently she is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, focusing her research on the music traditions of medieval monastic centers in Polish territories. Her article "Wacław of Szamotuły - the Jewel of the Polish Renaissance: indigenous or imported?" appeared in European Meetings in Ethnomusicology vol. 9 (2002). The article "Historigraphi aciem: A Child and a Motet to Reinforce Jagiełło's New Dynasty" is forthcoming in the conference proceedings from Kraków's 2003 Early Music Festival. The results of her studies often find their way into the repertory of the ensemble Hortus Deliciarum, a Chicago-based group that she founded in 1997 with the principal goal of propagating Polish Medieval and Renaissance music.

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Judith ROSEN

Judith Rosen is a researcher and lecturer on the subject of women composers and twentieth century music. For over 30 years she has participated in numerous radio broadcasts and coordinated music festivals which featured women's works. She has written articles for leading publications, including High Fidelity/Musical America, The Musical Woman (Vol. I and II), The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Second Edition).  For her book on the noted Polish composer, Grażyna Bacewicz:  Her Life and Works, she received the Amicus Poloniae Award from the government of Poland.  She, also, has written liner notes for compact discs featuring the works of this composer.  

                                                                                                          Ms. Rosen was the founding president of the Board of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and she is a consultant to the San Francisco-based Women's Philharmonic.  She is actively involved in the Los Angeles new music community and has hosted a series of musicales in her home featuring local and internationally-known composers and musicians.  Ms. Rosen is listed in Who's Who in American Music and the International Who's Who in Music.

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Lutosławski's Foreword
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Adrian Thomas is Professor of Music at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. His previous positions have included Visiting Scholar at the University of California at San Diego (1983-4), Professor of Music at The Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (1985-90) and Head of Music at BBC Radio 3 in London (1990-93). He is the author of monographs on Bacewicz (PMC, 1985) and Górecki (Oxford University Press, 1997) and of many articles and chapters on Polish music from Chopin to Lutosławski. He is the author of over fifty entries on twentieth-century Polish music in the Second Edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000-01).

Prof. Thomas has lectured widely in the United States and in Europe and is the recipient of the Polish Composers' Union medal (1989) and the Polish Government's Cultural Order of Merit (1996). While at the BBC, he initiated and played a major programming role in "Polska!," Radio 3's nationwide festival of Polish music and culture. He is currently completing a research project, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Board, into the interaction of "socrealizm" and musical creativity in post-war Poland. His forthcoming books include a study of Polish music since 1937 and a monograph, with accompanying CD, on Lutosławski's Cello Concerto.

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Born in Poland, and educated in Poland and Canada, Dr. Trochimczyk serves as Research Assistant Professor and Stefan and Wanda Wilk Director of the Polish Music Center at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. After receiving two M.A. degrees in Poland (in sound engineering from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, 1987, and in musicology from the University of Warsaw, 1986) she completed her doctoral dissertation on Space and Spatialization in Contemporary Music at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada (1994) and moved to California in order to dedicate her future to researching and promoting Polish music. Dr. Trochimczyk is the recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, 1993-1996), the American Council of Learned Societies (2001), the University of Southern California (grants from the Zumberge Fund for New Faculty in 1997, Southern California Studies Center Junior Faculty Award in 1999), Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity (first prize for the doctoral dissertation, 1998), and the Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music (Professional Prize, 1994).

In her musicological research Trochimczyk has focused on the study of music by Polish composers (Bacewicz, Górecki, Lutosławski) while continuing to pursue her interests in 20th-century music (Bartók, Andriessen, Schafer, Xenakis), spatial music, and constructs of Polish national identity (anthems, immigrant communities and musicians, dance groups). Dr. Trochimczyk has published over forty articles and book chapters in an international array of books and journals, e.g. Journal of Musicological Research, The Musical Quarterly, American Music, The American Journal of Semiotics (US), Contemporary Music Review (UK), Muzyka (Poland), Studia Musicologica (Hungary), Women Composers: Music Through the Ages (USA), Lutosławski Studies (UK), and Crosscurrents and Counterpoints (Sweden). She has also given presentations at over forty musicology and interdisciplinary conferences in six countries. Her book After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music was published in 2000 by the Polish Music Center; a volume of essays about The Music of Louis Andriessen appeared in 2002 (New York: Routledge). In 1987-2000 she was known as Maria Anna Harley and published under that name.

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Copyright 2002 by the Polish Music Journal.
Editor: Maja Trochimczyk. Polish Music Center, 2002.
Design: Maja Trochimczyk & Marcin Depinski.
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