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Nina Kuźma-Sapiejewska

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Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska is among the finest examples of today’s brilliantly talented and versatile musicians, recognized internationally as a true master of the keyboard. The New York Times calls her “an expert on Chopin,” “absolutely first rate” writes The Washington Star. The Washington Post describes her recital as “electrifying performance” and the Toronto’s Globe and Mail features an article entitled “Tenderly Warm Bach.” The Greek newspaper Makedonia comments “a pianist of international scale” and the Polish Gazeta Krakowska says “she is a virtuoso.” The Swiss Solothurner Zeitung praises her concert “the assets of this Polish pianist not only remind the meditative tone of Rubinstein, but also show the fiery temperament and virtuosity arousing enormous applause.”

Born in Warsaw, Poland, she received her formal education at the Music Lyceum in Bydgoszcz and at the Academy of Music in Gdansk. Her teacher was Prof. Lucjan Galon, an eccentric pianist, a pupil of Frederic Lammond, a Scottish virtuoso, who was a protégé of Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms. Nina Sapiejewska continued her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Prof. Jacob Lateiner and Prof. Claus Adam of the Juilliard String Quartet as well as at Tanglewood, Aspen and Temple University Music Festivals with Prof. Claude Frank, Prof. Jeannine Dowis, Prof. Sasha Gorodnitzky and Prof. Sydney Foster. Additionally, she worked with Prof. Leon Fleisher in Baltimore, Prof. Eugene List in New York and Prof. Maria Curcio in London.

 

She has been invited to perform as a recitalist and guest soloist with many symphony orchestras in America and in Europe. Her tours have taken her to Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Holland, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greek and Turkish Cyprus and Egypt.

 

 

She has been a soloist among others with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington D.C., The South Bend Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, The Monterey Symphony Orchestra in California, The Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra in New Mexico, The Mannes Community Orchestra in New York, The Fairfax Symphony, The Arlington Symphony and The Amadeus Orchestra in Great Falls, Virginia, The Bloomfield Symphony in New Jersey, The Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Istambul and the Izmir Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, The Noordelijk Filharmonisch Orkest in Groningen, Holland, The Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra in Greece, The Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk, The Pomeranian Philharmonic and the Pomeranian Chamber Orchestra in Bydgoszcz, The A. Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lodz, The A. Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszow, the Warmian-Mazurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn, The Philharmonic of Jelenia Gora, The T. Baird State Philharmonic in Zielona Gora, The H. Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin, The Sudetian Philharmonic in Walbrzych, The Opole Philharmonic and The Rybnik Philharmonic in Poland.

 

She has collaborated with the following conductors: Claude Monteux, Gurer Aykal, Newton Wayland, Peter Bellino, Richard Bales, Lutz Herbig, William Kirschke, Jacek Kaspszyk, Haymo Tauber, Kazimierz Wilkomirski, Antoni Szafranek, Marek Tracz, Zygmunt Rychert and Jerzy Sapiejewski.

 

Numerous classical, romantic, and modern music programs added some interesting features to this artist’s career as a recitalist. Sixteen “All Chopin Recitals” at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and many other concerts at The Town Hall, The Kosciuszko Foundation, The Europa Club and The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, The Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, The World Bank, The Barker Hall, The Wilson House, The University Club in Washington D.C., The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland, The Isabelle Gardner Museum in Boston and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in John Jay Heritage Center in Rye, Chopin Salon in Larchmont, Irish Salon by the Sea in Mamaroneck, Saranac Lake Auditorium, NY. The Heritage Society in Philadelphia, The International Institute in Detroit, Michigan, The Washington Museum in Hagerstown, Maryland, The Cultural Society in Toronto,

 

The Accademia Filarmonica Romana, The Teatro delle Clarisse in Rapallo, The Castello di Portofino and Villa Durazzo in Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy, The Macedonian Hall in Thessaloniki and the Patras Philharmonic Society and Anatolia College in Greece, The Museum of Art in Alexandria and the Conservatory of Music inCairo, Egypt, The Town Hall of Limassol, The American Academy in Nicosia in Greek Cyprus and the Music Society of Nicosia in Turkish Cyprus, The Bank of Alicante, and The American Institute of Barcelona in Spain, The Halls of Solothurn, Balstahl and Herzogenbuchsee in Switzerland, The Church of Covent Garden in London, The Concert Hall of Wroclaw Philharmonic, The Concert Hall of Warmian – Mazurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn, The Concert Hall of Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, The Concert Hall of the Forest Opera and The Grand Hotel in Sopot, The Castles of Pomeranian Princes in Szczecin and The Castle of Glogowek – L. van Beethoven’s Hall, TheSanguszko Castle of Tarnow, The 15th century Castle of Debno, The XVIII century Castle of Moszna, The 18th  century Palace of Lubostron, The XVIII century Palace of Ostromecko, Bialopradnicki Manor in Cracow. Nobilis Gallery in Elbląg, Ball Room in Krynica Zdroj, Kazimierz Pulaski Museum in Warka. Jan Kiepura Club in Sosnowiec. In The XVIII century Little Palace of Grodzisk Mazowiecki, The Romantic Museum in Opinogora, The Central Maritime Museum in Gdansk, The Museum in Grudziadz, The Nalkowskis Museum in Wolomin, The Museum of Zielona Gora, The Museum of Bielsko Biala. The Town Hall of Gdansk, Kolobrzeg and Inowroclaw, The University of Torun, The Centers of Culture in Przemysl, Tczew, Kolobrzeg, Serock, Swiecie, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Zyrardow, The Music Schools of Chelmno and Szczecinek, The Collegiate Church in Radzymin, The Chopin Society at the Ostrogski Palace in Warsaw, The Manor of Zelazowa Wola – the birthplace of Frederic Chopin, the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Brochow – the sacred church where F. Chopin was baptized and the Rose Garden in the Lazienki Park in Warsaw on the site of the most beautiful monument of Frederic Chopin.  

 

 

At the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, Nina Sapiejewska played the Canadian premiere of the Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Penderecki String Quartet, receiving a standing ovation. She was invited to play several recital tours of the Residences of American Ambassadors in Paris, Madrid, Sofia, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest and Cairo. The pianist gave lecture recitals at various American and Canadian universities like: The American University, The Georgetown University, and The Catholic University in Washington D.C., The Bennington College in Vermont, The University of Albuquerque, The Las Vegas University and The University of Portales in New Mexico, The Hampden – Sydney College and The Christopher Newport College in Newport News, Virginia, Bethel College in Indiana. The University of Scranton, The Reding College and The Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, The Seton Hall University in New Jersey, The Canisius College in Buffalo and The Saranac Lake Auditorium in Saranac Lake, New York, The Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and The Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada.

 

Following the 19th century tradition of salon concerts, Nina Sapiejewska has established concert series called Il Piccollo Theatro Presents at the Chopin Salon in Larchmont, and has been presenting many chamber music concerts and music & poetry recitals with Ewa Maria & Maya Sabina Wojcik-actresses and Jan Roszkowski-cellist. Lullaby for Chopin-little drama written by Nina tells about the history of Europe in XVIII-th century and about the life of Nicolas Chopin-Frederic Chopin’s father.

 

Nina Sapiejewska has been giving music seminars at universities in the United States and music institutions in Poland.

 

She made many recordings for the most major Radio and TV stations in Europe like the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg, Radio in Hannover, France–Musique in Paris, the Hungarian Radio in Budapest, the Polish Radio in Warsaw, the Bulgarian Radio in Sofia, the Spanish Radio in Madrid, the Catalan Radio in Barcelona, the Greek Radio in Athens, Radio in Cyprus and Egyptian Radio and TV in Cairo, Radio WNYC in New York and WQXRTV Station in Washington D.C.

 

Nina Kuzma Sapiejewska Piano CenterThe pianist took part in many international festivals like:

 

  • Summer Music Festival of Northern Norway
  • Rencontres Internationales Frederic Chopin in Nohant, France
  • Festival Mois Moliere in Versailles, France
  • Summer Festival in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany
  • Autumn Festival of Kitchiner-Waterloo Chamber Music Society in Canada
  • Frederic Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland
  • V Summer Festival of ChamberMusicin Hel, Poland
  • Festival September in Lublin
  • VI International Festival Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms in Sopot, Poland
  • Festival of Polish Pianists in Slupsk, Poland
  • Chamber Music Festival in Hel, Poland
  • Festival Dialogue of Cultures in Antonin, Poland
  • XI Festival Peace Concerts in Jawor, Poland
  • The Polish-Czech Festival Silesia-Pradziad in Poland
  • Festival Music Autumn 2007 in Andrychow, Poland
  • Summer Festival in Grudziadz, Poland
  • Summer Festival in Kolobrzeg, Poland
  • Moonlight Summer Festival       in Lubostron, Poland
  • Ziema Kozielska Festival, Poland
  • Festival Musical Gardens in J.A. Iwaszkiewicz Museum , Stawisko, Poland
  • Festival Malopolskie Vespers in Nowy Sacz, Poland
  • Autumn Festival in Sieradz, Poland
  • Festival America Romantica vs Frederic Chopin in Museum of Romanticism in Opinogora, Poland
  • Gala Concert at the Summer Festival of the Royal Castle in Wilanow, Poland
  • Gala Concert at the Royal Castle of Warsaw during the New New Yorkers Festival
  • Greenpoint Cultural Festival in New York.
  • Chopin & Friends International Music Festival in New York – Artistic Director 1999-2004
  • Summer Festival in Villa Durazzo in S. Margherita Ligure, Italy
  • Festival Musica da Camera in Sestri Levante, Italy
  • Festival in Castello di Portofino – Gala Concert under the patronage of the President of the Italian Red Cross, Signora MariaPia Fanfani in the presence of many distinguished guests like Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, Valentina Cortese, Alida Valii, Lino Ciani, Patrice Chereaux and Maestro Piero LoFaro.
  • Summer Festival of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Gala Concert in Rome under the patronage of the distinguished Italian Ambassador to the United States, Signor Egidio Ortona.
  • Gala Concert at the University Club of the City of Washington D.C. under the patronage of the eminent Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Kazimierz Dziewanowski.
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On March 15, 1991 the pianist had the honor of playing. Chopin in New York’s Town Hall for the former President of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Lech Walesa during his first historic visit to the United States.

 

Nina Sapiejewska has performed many recitals on ships: S/S France and The Queen Elizabeth II during their transatlantic voyages and has been a Platinum World Club Member. She has given many benefit concerts among others for the Medecins sans Frontieres at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. and for the restoration of the city of Klodzko at the Klodzko Museum. She was invited to judge several music competitions, among others international piano competition “A. Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, Poland. From 1999 to 2004 she was the Classical Music Director for New York Dance & Arts Innovations as well as Music Director for the Classical Concert Series at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York. She presented numerous Polish, French, and Italian artists to the international New York audiences. She also wrote music reviews for Magazine. Art.

 

The Koch Classics issued Nina Sapiejewska’s CD of Frederic Chopin and the CD of Robert Schumann will be released this year. Her repertory consists of 15 piano concertos and her favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Szymanowski and Messiaen.

 

Her biography was featured in the 2006 Polish Telephone Book in the United States, the publication The Poles in the World, and she has been mentioned numerous times in the America Magazine, in the Congressional Records and in Ruch Muzyczny.

 

On January 21, 1993 Nina Sapiejewska received an award from the President of the Council of the City of New York in recognition of her outstanding cultural achievements. Nina Sapiejewska has two daughters: Maya Sabina and Ewa Maria. Her hobbies include: transatlantic voyages on the Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mary 2, literature, art, jazz. Nina’s dream is to present concerts that would encompass classical music, dance, poetry and painting in a symbolic and prophetic atmosphere to reveal the philosophical meaning of all arts.

In March 2009 The New York Times published a long article about the pianist and a slide and sound show.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/realestate/01Habi.html?_r=0

 

Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska owns Grotrian-Steinweg 275 cm Concert Grand Piano.

Reviews"

...absolutely first rate."
The Washington Star
Washington, DC

 

"...electryfing performance."
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

 

"...the pianist of international scale."
Makedonia
Thessaloniki,Greece

 

"...tenderly warm Bach."
John Krauglund
The GLobe and Mail
Toronto, Canada

 

"...she is virtuoso, her Chopin is excellent but she plays other composers equally great."
Gazeta Krakowska
Krakow, Poland

 

"...the assets of this Polish pianist not only remind the mediatative tone of Rubinstein but also show the fiery temperament and virtuosity arousing enormous applause."
Silvia Rietz
Solothurner Zeitung
Solothurn, Switzerland

 

"...this pianist has a lot to say in music."

Dziennik Polski
Poland

 

"...The presentation of Concerto No. 2 for piano and string quartet follows the classical-romantic aesthetics, a formal 18 th century outline that encourages highly individual flamboyant expression. Here at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the pianist discovered a new, formbidable way to shape Chopin verifying Chopinesque style through a noble reading of the Concerto combined with magical improvisatory flair. Her tone was opulent as she drew flawlessly the wonderful cantilena lines, producing a stunning tonal picture. That ability to conjure from the piano the fantastical and aerial aspects of Chopin's music can be attributed to very few performers and she would be among them."
Mariette Dalmacy
Magazine.art
New York

 

"...all-Chopin birthday program at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater included an electrifying performance of Scherzo in B flat Minor. Radiant right hand passages articulated with sparkling clarity, balanced atop the left hand propulsive, rhytmic impetus to create kayboard poetry befitting Chopin.(...)in Ballade in G minor she brought out the grandeur and fractured beauty in that tempestuous masterpiece.(...) Polonaise in A-flat Major was on heroic scale with carefully drawn dramatic tension (...) high points were so exquisitely realized."
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

 

"...Indeed there probably couldn't have been a more rousing close for the Orchestra of Santa Fe last of season concert than Ms. Sapiejewska's performance, which I heard Sunday. Her Lucid playing of the Concerto no. 2 in F Minor was intimate and decisive. She adhered closely to the score, utilizing a minimum of personal expressions. Her rubatos were spare and finely worked out and because of this she stunningly brought Chopin's musical dimensions to the forefront. Mostly I was impressed by the clarity of her voicings. In a work which seldom reduces to a simple texture-it is quite literally a maze of notes contantly rushing forward. Ms. Sapiejewska was strongest in how she refined the harmonic movement. And in this she touched the real legacy of Chopin:aside from the melodic sweep and the rubato style within the dance motifs, his greatest gift was for making tones clash and resolve. This legacy the pianist superbly revealed.
Thomas Larson
The New Mexican
Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

"...Nina Sapiejewska belongs to the international class of pianists. She confirmed fame giving a first class recital last night at the Macedonian Hall. She also left a great impression two years ago through an excellent performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Thessaloniki Syphony. She plays with crystalline tone and has an outstanding power of expression. Through her music she transmits passion and feeling particularly in Chopin. The recital in Thessaloniki was a real highlight of the concert season."
Makedonia
Thessaloniki, Greece

 

"...This was the only and unprecedented piano recital here at the Radziwill Palace in Antonin, presented during the Festival "Dialogue of Cultures". The star was Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska, who transported the audience to far away exotic places with Ernesto Lecuon's "Three African Dances" as well as she touched the soul with the music of Chopin. The audience unceasingly applauded spellbound in the appreciation of her talent."
Adam Kalina
Fakty Ostrowskie
Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland

"...Almost at the very beginning of the Bartok's Concerto No. 3 with the Monterey Symphony, the soloist entered and immediately established the mood of strong emotion that characterizes this piece. Although written in the modern idiom, it is filled with a classical meditative lyricism, which the pianism of Miss Sapiejewska established in rapport with the orchestral timbre. This young soloist has a good technique, with fine dynamics and clarity concept. Her phrasing was accurately developed and her judicious use of the pedal added a dimension of good and accurate projection. The luminous atmospheric and tender second section was conceived in an introspective manner, with a stately note, with the pianist performing the chorale section with persuasive lyricism. In the finale, the scherzo-like complex fugue was played with transparency and grace, emphasizing the Hungarian master's final stylistic vivacity and rhytmic contrapuntalism."
Irving. W. Greenberg
Carmel Pine Cone
Carmel, California

 

 

"...Nina Sapiejewska exposed Mozart to us in a way that the objective beauty of this music in very moment of its sound was transmitting her subtle intuition and imagination of rich emotional character. One could call it a certain perfection of the inner and outer forces that created the performance. I am thinking about the entity of thechnical and spiritual efforts. Talking about technique I would like to mention that it was absolutely precise and transparent not as a goal in itself but as a way to shape musical expression. I was overwhelmed also by the quality of her sound: it was rich, varied and had an individual character. Thanks to those capabilities and sensitivity of the pianist and the unique charm of Mozart's music, the Concerto in B flat Major played with the accompaniament of the Opole Philharmonic made a great and everlasting impression on me."
Boleslaw Banas
Opole Tribune
Opole Poland

 

"...great interpretation of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata."
Nordlandsporten
Bodo, Norway

 

"...The Festival's concert by the pianist Nina Sapiejewska was a real sucess and true experience."Harstad Tidende
Harstad, Norway

 

"...Ms. Sapiejewska is a showperson who plays with broad, sweeping lines."
Santa Fe Reporter
Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

"...Ms. Sapiejewska brought to bear all the romantic fervor of the young, Polish composer-Chopin, in her permormance of the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra of Santa Fe."
Los Alamos Monitor
Los Alamos, New Mexico

 

"...this was music in the classical sense, done with seemingly effortless ease here at the Hagerstown Museum."
The Daily Mail
Hagerstown, Maryland

 

"...brillant performance of Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3. (...) The guest pianist received worthy applause from the audience by overcoming all the difficulties in this very hard to interpret Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3."
Millyet Sanat Diagrisi
Ankara, Turkey

 

"...mysterious mood of the nocturne, dancelike sensual rhytm of the waltz, poetic atmosphere of the ballade or heroic presentation of the polonaise, these were various facets of the romantic aesthetics, which were so keenly interwoven in Miss Nina Sapiejewska's performance at the Chamber Music Festival in Hel.(...) Rich artistic experience paired with enthusiasm and excitiment allowed the pianist to conquer all the intricate technical difficulties of the repertoire.(...) the soloist mesmerized the audience playing in purely vocal manner the piano transcription of Liebestod, the aria from Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde."
Dr. Stefan Munch
Helska Bliza
Hel, Poland

 

"...in her performance of the Symphonic Etudes of Schumann at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Ms. Sapiejewska matched a flawless technique with tremendous expressive eloquence. The initial chorale-like theme built on resonant chords was played with grand sonority, as if an eight-voice choir were stretched across a spacious church. The pianist brought compelling richness to the lyrical variations; the maturity of her playing was astounding. Some parts brought sober elegance and deep sadness, while other glittered with lushness and allure. At the end one had to hold one's breath for the charging and rather teutonic march with its persistently repetitive motif, hailing the victory of the artistic Philistines, the imaginary characters that Schumann brought to life while conquering the artistic mediocrity of the time."
Michal Wojcikiewicz
Magazine Art
New York

 

"...Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska, a native of Poland, seems to have a nearly ideal temperament for interpreting Chopin. Her tasteful use of rubato, never allowing to obscure the underlying, is particularly noteworthy. Likewise, her deft pedaling and the clarity and smoothness of her appropriate balance between melody and accompaniament. the latter element was especially noticeable in her superb handling of the Scherzo at the recital here at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Certainly these quaities are among the most important an artist can possess in approaching Chopin."
Dr. Roy Guenther
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

 

"...with such diversity, the Midwest Pops Orchestra under the baton of Newton Wayland and with the artistry of guest pianist Nina Sapiejewska successfully captured the spirit of Arthur Fiedler in its tribute to him Sunday evening at Century Center. If from the genius of Chopin and Arthur Rubinstein alone, Poland has the distinction of being a repository of fine pianists, and the second portion of the program featured another Polish pianistic potential Miss Nina Sapiejewska. Overwhelmingly brillant in the Rachmaninoff C minor Concerto, the pianist demonstrated refined sense of the flamboyant and almost widly pessimistic mood of the first movement, and a deep regard for its melodic emphasis. More importantly; however, the strength that she displayed so well all evening was apparent in this initial section; Nina Sapiejewska dealt with power passages in a truly remarkable fashion. The force and velocity with which she executed sprawling chords, arpeggiated octaves and driving melodies in the upper regions of the keyboard was simply virtuosic, bombarding the audience with a wealth of sound that was just beautiful and highly rewarding. The lovely second movement was well played in most respects with some more of the powerful finger work of Miss Sapiejewska impressing the Century Center crowd. But here, too, her power ruled and the gracefulness needed to fulfill the beautiful melody was at  a premium. In the final movement it was this unshakable nature in the midst of such trials that showed her to be a true performer. This young Pole has all the ammunition, talent, potenitial and strength of an approach to become one of the world's finer pianists. Assuredly, more will be heard from this talented young lady."
Michael Lechlitner
South Bent Tribune
South Bent Indiana

 

"...the concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall will be rembered as one of exceptional distinction. Miss Sapiejewska has a very original style of playing Chopin, the great Polish romantic. One hears echoes of orchestral interpretation of late Beethoven, where form is essential and every sound is measured, designed to occupy its own space within a larger entity. The sounds are given a rounded quality and are properly placed within the formal treatment of the melodic line. These elements are combined with the sostenuto and tempo rubato,the style of playing at the heart of the Chopinesque romantic expression. Miss Sapiejewska created a very formal concert, an abstract drama infused with the expertise of the intellect and enveloped with subjective emotions. In Waltzes in E-Minor, C-sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2 A flat Major and A flat Major Op. 48 she transported the listener to the time when Chopin played at Salon Pleyel in 1841. Miss Sapiejewska's performance of these Waltzes was worthy of that recollection, the recreation of such an experience is an enchanting dream for all pianists."
Mariette Dalmacy
Magazine Art
New York

 

"...Yesterday's soloist at the Phillips Collection was Nina Sapiejewska, a young Polish pianist who is gaining an increasing authority as an interpreter of piano music. Miss Sapiejewska studied at the Juilliard School of Music. She plays like a musician. she is so completely absorbed she seems to be making music in public instead of performing. I have rarely heard any of the mazurkas of Chopin played with the sensitivity and grace she gave to the three yesterday, with a touch of waywardness in the rhythm reserved to the Poles who love and play their own music. The rest of the program set a high standard, the more significant because everything she played is known to every pianist. The scherzo and largo of the Chopin sonata were exquisite; and the two etudes revealed a power and command remarkable for a rather tiny young lady. It was the strength of motion rather than muscle, and the sound was always velvety and agreeable, at whatever dynamic level. She gave a good account of the Bach and Schubert, but was at her best in the music of Poland, a nation that has given many fine composers and performers to the world of the piano."
Wendell Margrave
The Evening Star
Washington, DC

 

"...for music lovers there are not so many opportunities to hear such a great pianist who can render heart-tearing melodies of the romantic era. The Polonaise in A-flat Major and the Sonata no. 2 of Chopin moved the audience profoundly."
Irena Syrokomla
Echo Germanica
Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada

 

"...I was wowed by this performer. She broke every stereotype of the classical concert pianist during her recital at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. She was steadfast, her playing was technically flawless and her emotions were subdued letting the drama and the beauty of the music speak for themselves. I was very impressed by the pianist's talent."Karen Wood
The Life of Polonia
Boston, Massachusetts

 

"...the virtuosity of Nina Sapiejewska was evident in the Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 and in the Ballade in G Minor of Chopin, in Sonata No. 5 by Scriabin and in Allegro de Concierto by Granados. These pieces are very difficult and there the pianist was able to transmit the fascinating beauty to the audience. Chopin's works were interpreted with great understainding of the technique and the emotional content, thus revealing the composer's genius and the mastery of the performer.

 

30 Dias
Barcelona, Spain

 

"...Miss Sapiejewska has charm and grace. The precedent for piano playing presidents may well have been set by Paderewski who interrupted his career as a concert artist and composer to serve as Poland's first premier. Last evening another Polish pianist, Nina Sapiejewska, who now resides in Washington, gave a recital at Georgetown University-Gaston Hall in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Paderewski's death. Miss Sapiejewska opened the program with the best known of his works, the Menuet Op. 4, a favorite of piano students since its introduction by the composer at his concerts. She infused this far-too-often misplayed work with the same charm and grace as must have Paderewski in order to so endear it to his public. She began each of her three subsequent groups with one of Paderewski's lesser known compositions. These dances: Sarabande, Cracovienne and Mazurka although not monumental contributions to piano literature, are pleasant enough pieces which could be added to the teaching literature for piano students. They were played with much affection and nationalistic identification by the young pianist. In the works by her other compatriot, Chopin, Miss Sapiejewska displayed facile and secure technique and amazingly unflagging rhytmic stability."
Ylda Novik
The Evening Star
Washington, DC

 

"...at Carnegie Recitall Hall's full house, Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska gave a virtuoso performance of the Variations of Paderewski and Szymanowski rarely played in New York(...) a solid pianist with great imagination(...) the artist received a very warm applause and many bouquets of flowers."Ruch Muzyczny
Warsaw, Poland

 

Congressional Record

 

Paderwski well done by Miss Sapiejewska

 

Hon. Roman C. Pucinski of Illinois in the House of Representatives Mr. Pucinski, Mr. speaker, Mr. Wendell Margrave, a contributing critic for the Washington Star has written and excellent review of Miss Nina Sapiejewska, who performed here the other day. I am placing this review in the Record today because Mr. Margrave captured in a most inspiring way the real spirit of Ignace Jan Paderewski and the interpretation of his music by Miss Sapiejewska. Paderewski was not only a great artist but also a great statesman and champion of human dignity. It is reassuring that we have an artist of outstanding talent, Miss Sapiejewska, to interpret the works of the great master. The review follows:

 

"Nina Sapiejewska, a pianist trained at the Academy of Music in Gdansk and later at the Juilliard School of music was heard in recital at Barker Hall in a program of music by the great Polish pianist, composer and statesman, Ignace Jan Paderewski. I believe it was Saint-Saens who said that Paderewski was a  genius who happened to play the piano. He also happened to compose a good deal of music, including a symphony, a piano concerto and an opera, Mauru, which was given at the Metropolitan Opera in  1902, besides songs and a number of piano pieces. Miss Sapiejewska played a cross section of these pieces, beginning with the Minuet that every pianist used to play, and which I remember as the last event in every Paderewski recital, when the children would come trooping down the aisle calling for it. He wrote better pieces, but none so well-known.
It has become the fasion (based on imperfect recording and few jealous contemporary statements) to consider that Padarewski did not have a commanding technique, and so on. Be that as it may, he appeared like a meteor on the musical horizon and quickly won a position of preeminence, against such formidable rivals as Anton Rubinstein, Teresa Carreno, Busoni, Rachmaninoff and the whole list of Liszt's later pupils. He was more famous and made more money(much of which he gave away to support worthy causes) than any of the rivals through out a concert career that stretched from about 1888 to 1939.
I had never seen a man who had more presence.
Miss Sapiejewska played her music with care, respect and in style. I liked best the Mazurka and the delighful little piece in the style of Scarlatti. The audience responded with great enthusiasm to the brillant theme with variations. As an encore Ms. Sapiejewska played the second movement of sonatina written by her husband Jerzy, now a graduate fellow at the Catholic University. It was bright and contemporary."

 

 

 "...At the concert of the Chamber Ensemble at the Baltimore Cathedral the Schubert "Trout" Quintet displayed the resources of the Ensemble's string players to good advantage. Here pianist Nina Sapiejewska joined the strings and the result was some beautifully turned melody. Ms. Sapiejewska produced a smooth and crysstalline tone which made the work delight to hear."
Christopher Hunter
The New American
Baltimore, Maryland

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