Sternicka Niekraszowa Ilza

Ilza Sternicka Niekraszowa (* September 20, 1898 St. Petersburg – † June 27, 1932 Warsaw)

She came from a wealthy family with musical traditions. Initially, she studied piano with Maria Karpov.

Then, in St. Petersburg, she studied piano with Vladimir Drozdov, and composition with Vasily Kalafati, Maksymilian Steinberg and Alexander Glazunov. In 1921 she came to Poland. At the Warsaw Conservatory, she began studies with Roman Statkowski, Henryk Melcer and Karol Szymanowski. After graduation, she devoted herself mainly to composition. The composer’s works are characterized by lyricism, clarity of texture and momentum of concept. She left in her legacy piano and chamber works, numerous songs, as well as great instrumental forms (including the orchestral suite Chess) and vocal-instrumental forms (including the Oratorium) – performed by leading Polish orchestras (including the Philharmonic Orchestra Warszawska under the direction of Grzegorz Fitelberg).

Information about the composer taken from, among others, “An outline of the works of Polish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries” by Stefania-Jagodzińska Niekraszowa. Information also on the wikipedia website.

Chamber music with violin:

  • String Quartet
  • Double fugue for string quintet