Adamowska-Szumowska Antonina

Antonina Szumowska Adamowska (* 22. II. 1868 Lublin – † 16. VIII. 1938 Nowy Jersay) – Polish pianist, composer and teacher.

Born in Lublin, she graduated from music studies in the piano class of Rudolf Strobel and Aleksander Michałowski. In 1890 she moved to Paris. There, she worked for several years under the supervision of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. At that time, she made her debut as a pianist, incl. in Paris and London. Her solo concerts received very positive reviews. In 1895, she made her first trip to New York with her married husband – the cellist Józef Adamowski and his violinist brother – Tymoteusz. There, they created the Adamowski Trio with whom they toured America. She was a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music.

During World War I, Adamowska was a social activist, and for her activities she received decorations – the Officer’s Cross of Polonia Restituta. She organized the Committee of Friends of Poland to help emigrants. Together with her daughter Helena, she organized charity theater performances. She also ran a shop with works by Polish artists in Boston. In 1932, at the initiative of the National Women’s Organization, a concert in her honor was organized in Warsaw, during which she gave a recital.

Her compositional output includes mainly piano pieces, some of which have survived in the collection of the National Library in Warsaw. (here)

Information about the artist is also available on the wikipedia website