Barbara Szczepanska was born in Warsaw and graduated of the Chopin
Academy in Warsaw with Lidia Kozubek and Teresa Manasterska. Postgrauate
piano studies with Victor Mierzhanov, Tschaikovsky Conservatory Moscow,
followed. The Oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin and the piano sonatas of Joseph
Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven belong to the core repertory of Barbara
Szczepanska. Concert tours led the pianist trough Poland, Hungary, the
former Soviet Union, Spain, Italy and Germany. She played with renowned
orchestras but also made her reputation as soloist and as chamber musician.
After educational activities at the Academies of Warsaw and of Münster, she
became professor of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf in 1989.
From 1999 to 2008 she was vice-rector of the university. She founded the
training center for highly talented children of the Robert Schumann
Hochschule called ,,Schumann Junior”, which she leaded until 2016. In
addition, she was visiting professor in South Korea, Taiwan and China. First
prizes of renowned piano competitions, gained by her students, document
the pedagogical success of Barbara Szczepanska. Among her students are
Severin von Eckardstein, who won the ARD Competition Munich, the Queen
Elisabeth Competition Brussels and the International Competition Leeds, and
the internationally successful Russian pianist Nikolai Tokarev. Other students
gained prizes at many competitions such as: International Piano
Competitions Johannes-Sebastian Bach Leipzig, Piano Competition for Young
Pianists Ettlingen, and International Piano Competition Franz Liszt Weimar.
She is artistic director and jury chairman at the Robert Schumann
Competition for young pianists in Düsseldorf.