Artist in Residence Program
The New York Dance & Arts Innovations established an Artist in Residence Program for an artist recognized internationally to initiate collaboration between the Board of Directors and the artist in designing creative events, presenting diverse programs as well as providing educational assistance to younger, aspiring artists.
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 Lamond, 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, Egypt, and Greek and Turkish Cyprus.
Numerous classical romantic and modern music presentations added some interesting features to this artist’s career as a recitalist: sixteen “All Chopin Recitals” at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, recitals at Town Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, The Accademia Filharmonica Romana in Rome, The Royal Castle in Warsaw and many historic palaces, museums, universities and even the ships like the S/S France and the Queen Elizabeth II. She has recorded for most Radio and TV stations in Europe and some in the United States, and participated in many prestigious music festivals, creating among others the first Chopin & Friends Festival in New York in 1999. Koch Classics issued Nina Sapiejewska’s CD of Frederic Chopin. The CD of Robert Schumann will soon be released. On January 1993 Nina Sapiejewska received an award from the President of Council of the City of New York in recognition of her outstanding cultural achievements.
In March 2009 The New York Times published a long article about the pianist and a slide and sound show.