Master Lessons

Student Programs

Master Lessons with Slawomir Dobrzanski


Dates: Master Lessons: Sept. 30-Oct. 3
Master Lessons Concert: Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Registration: Aug. 1-September 15, 2016
Times: Friday, Sept. 30: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, October 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 2: Noon-5 p.m.
Monday, October 3: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee: $55 for 45 minutes or $70 for 60 minutes
Locations: Schmitt Music Center, Overland Park, KS.(Sept. 30-Aug.3)
Holmeswood Baptist Church for the concert
Chair: Victoria Appleby,



A versatile pianist with a broad repertoire, Sławomir Dobrzański frequently performs a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, South America, China, and throughout the United States.

As a soloist, he performed in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, France, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Canada, and throughout the United States. He participated in the “Potomac River Piano Festival”, “Mozart Festival” in Poznań, Poland, “Chopin Festival” in Antonin, Poland, “Warsaw Autumn” Contemporary Music Festival, Festival of Polish Pianists in Słupsk, Poland, “Chopin Festival of Hawaii”, “Chopin & Friends Festival” in New York City, “Chopiniana” Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Darmstadt Festival of New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, “Music Gettysburg!” Festival in Gettysburg, “El Paso Chopin Music Festival”, American Liszt Society National Festival, in Lincoln, Nebraska, Chopin Festival in Miami, FL, “Athena” Festival in Murray, Kentucky, and Karol Szymanowski Festival in Beijing, China.

He is a graduate of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland and the University of Connecticut, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2001. His major teachers include Jadwiga Orzechowska, Regina Smendzianka, Andrzej Dutkiewicz, Jerzy Maciejewski, Kajetan Mochtak, Jack Winerock, Zelma Bodzin and Neal Larrabee. He also participated in summer courses in Switzerland and Poland, where he studied piano performance with Malcolm Frager, Mieczysław Horszowski and Victor Merzhanov. Additionally, he benefited from coaching sessions with Nina Tichman in Mainz, Germany, and Jan Gorbaty in New York City.

Dobrzański has recorded solo and chamber music by Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin, Stefan Kisielewski, Artur Malawski (complete piano solo music), Feliks Rybicki, Carl Tausig, and Johannes Brahms for Polish Radio and Television in Warsaw, Poland.

He is also an author of the first English language biography of the acclaimed 19th century pianist and composer Maria Agata Wołowska-Szymanowska, published in 2006 by the Figueroa Press and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has recorded a multi disc album of piano music by Maria Szymanowska, recently released by the Acte Préalable label in Poland.

He is the founder and former artistic director of the Chopin Society of Connecticut, established in 1999.

A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Sławomir Dobrzański was a member of music faculties at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Rhode Island. Currently he is Professor of Music at Kansas State University, where he teaches piano performance, chamber music and piano literature. Between 2009 and 2013, he served as the Chair of Keyboard Studies at K-State. His students frequently receive awards and honors at local, state and regional competitions.


Priority is given to school-age intermediate to advanced students. If space allows, adult students and teachers may also be eligible to enroll. One or two compositions are required for the Master Lesson. Only solo at the intermediate and advanced levels is acceptable for Master Lessons. Please bring the music with the measures numbered. Memory is optional for the lesson, but required to be selected for the workshop on Tuesday morning, October 4. Strict adherence to lesson times will be necessary. Teachers and parents may quietly observe. No one else will be permitted to attend until Tuesday morning’s workshop at Schmitt Music. Outstanding students will be chosen to perform in concert with Dr.Dobrzanski.

Fees and Scheduling for Master Lessons

Lesson fees are $55.00 for 45 minutes or $70.00 for 60 minutes.  Please see the Enrollment Form for further information.

Master Lessons Concert

Tentatively Sunday, October 2 , 2016, 7 p.m.
Holmeswood Baptist Church
9700 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO  64131

Send enrollments postmarked between Aug. 1 and September 15, 2016. Lesson times will be scheduled in the order received. You will be notified by email to confirm your lesson time(s). Early entries are NOT accepted.

Make checks payable to “KCMTA” and mail the completed Enrollment Form to:

Victoria Appleby
801 S. Main St., #5
Warrensburg, MO., 64093

Master Lesson Enrollment Form (PDF)