Notes & Reviews:
Rosa Maria Kucharski (1929 – 2006) was born in Barcelona and began her piano studies at the tender age of 6, giving her first public performance when she was only 7. During these formative years, she studied at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona and later, in Madrid, with Tomás Andrade de Silva. From her base in Spain, she travelled the world as pianist and featured soloist with important orchestras. She furthered her studies, working with Laraze Levy in Paris as well as with Pablo Casals, George Enesco, Walter Gieseking and Wilhelm Kempff. She was the first woman pianist to be invited to participate in the prestigious Chopin Festival of Mallorca and was professor of piano at both the Conservatory in Córdoba and at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. She founded the International Society for Music Education in 1977 and, in 1986, the International Musical Exchange (Intercambio Musical Internacional). Rosa Maria Kucharski was well acquainted with many of the finest Spanish composers of her time, most especially with Federico Mompou, and her performances show this passionate attachment to this music and to her homeland, Catalonia.