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Tatiana Shebanova (Piano)

Born: January 12, 1953 Moscow, Russia
Died: March 1, 2011 - Warsaw, Poland

The Russian pianist, Tatiana Shebanova, finished the Central Music School, where she studied under T. Kesler. She then studied with Victor Merzhanov at the Moscow Conservatoire, graduatiing in 1976 with a gold medal. For the next ten years, she collaborated with Victor Merzhanov as assistant lecturer, thus continuing the tradition that the professor himself associated with the influence of Sergei Rachmaninovs aesthetics, and identified with the heyday of Romantic style and virtuosity of the highest standard. Shebanova was awarded at several international music competitions: Concertino Praha in Prague in 1969 (1st Prize), Geneva in 1976 (1st Prize and two special awards - "American" and Ernest Shelling), 10th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1989 (2nd Prize, Chopin Society Award for best polonaise performance, National Philharmonic Award for best piano concerto performance) and Bösendorfer Empire Grand Prix Competition in Brussels in 1990 (1st Prize and three special awards). She also took part in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1974.

Tatiana Shebanova has developed her professional career since her student years. She became one of the most eminent pianists of the present time. She had a busy schedule of appearances in the Soviet Union and at Europes greatest music centres in almost all European countries. She also held concerts in the Philippines, Taiwan, Canada, the USA and South Africa, and appeared in almost all the major concert halls in Japan during 22 concert tours in which she gave more than 100 concerts. She performed piano duo concerts with her husband, Jarosław Drzewiecki, and their son, Stanisław Drzewiecki. Her repertoire was commandingly broad, encompassing all musical periods and styles. She played the complete works of Frédéric Chopin, J.S. Bach's complete Das wohltemperierte Klavier and Partitas, W.A. Mozart's piano sonatas, Felix Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne Worte (48 Songs without Words), Sergei Rachmaninovs Preludes, most compositions by L.v. Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Scriabin, and many works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and others. She was also the first performer of new compositions by Jevgeny Golubev, Yuri Aleksandrov and Boris Bloch. She worked with the greatest Polish conductors, and with orchestras from Europe, South Africa and Japan.

On February 28, 1990, a gala concert in celebration of Samuel Feinberg's 100th anniversary was given in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, where Tatiana Shebanova performed Samuel Feinberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gennady Rozhdestvensky. It was a replica of the concert performed in 1954, when Samuel Feinberg himself (Shebanova's musical grandfather) played the piano part and Gennady Rozhdestvenskys father was conducting.

Tatiana Shebanova made numerous recordings for the radio and television, and made over 30 LPs and CDs for labels as Melodiya (USSR), Polskie Nagrania / Muza (Poland), Dux, Tonpress, Victor, CBS-Sony, Pony-Canyon (Jaapan), Panton ((Czechoslovakia), GHP Classical and Empire (Belgium), including many F. Chopin pieces. For Polskie Radio and Dux she recorded the complete solo works by F. Chopin.

Tatiana Shebanova was also active as a piano teacher at the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz and at summer master-classes in Duszniki and taught master-classes and postgraduate courses in Japan.

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Source: Fryderyk Chopin Information Centre Website (Author: Stanisław Dybowski); Pro Bono Musicae Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
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Aryeh Oron (November 2011)

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