Brzowska-Mejean Jadwiga

Jadwiga Brzowska-Mejean (* 1830 Warsaw – † after 1886?) Pianist, composer, teacher. She took her first musical steps under the supervision of her father, Józef Brzowski (1805-1888), and later studied with Karol Kurpiński. At the age of 10, she appeared in public at a concert in Warsaw. In her teens, she performed in Germany, England, France, Belgium and the USA. She was the first Polish pianist to give concerts in America, where she was the first to perform a concert by Fryderyk Chopin. From 1858 he became a professor of piano at the Institute of Music in New Orleans. She was briefly married to Count de Mejean, a French consul in America. After returning to Europe, she lived in Brussels, where she organized charity concerts. In 1886 she settled in Paris, where she conducted piano courses focusing on problems of interpretation of Chopin’s works. She had a huge repertoire consisting of works by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn as well as her own works, which were considered lost.

In 1848, her only work was published in Warsaw: Contredanse for piano La Diane (preserved in the collection of the National Library (here).

More information about the artist on the wikipedia website.