Adam Harasiewicz - winner 1st place V Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warszawa (1955). A.H. began piano lessons at ten years of age under K. Mirski and Janina Illasiewicz-Stojalowska in Rzeszà³w. At age 15, he won first place in the Competition of Young Talents in Rzeszà³w. One year later, he took part in the elimination competition for the IV International Chopin Competition. He studied piano at the State Music Academy in Krakow under Prof. Zbigniew Drzewicki (1950-1956).
In 1955, Adam Harasiewicz won first place in the V Chopin Competition in Warszawa. Two years later, he won the Harriet Cohen Foundation medal, in London, for outstanding achievement in piano (1957).
After his triumphant success in the Chopin Competition, Harasiewicz began his intensive work as a virtuoso. He performed in all the European countries, in Asia and North America. He performed concerts with the most famous conductors and best orchestras in the world's more prestigious venues. During his tour of Japan, he played over one hundred concerts. He played a gala concert specially organised during the World Fair in Brussels (1958). In 1960, playing both Chopin's piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczki, at the United Nations headquarters, he inaugurated the Year of Chopin, marking the 150th anniversary of the genius composer's birth. That same year he was awarded the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Foundation's gold medal, in New York.
Adam Harasiewicz was most famous for his fabulous interpretation of Chopin's works. His playing, coloured by an undercurrent of nostalgia (best described by the Polish word 'zal' - meaning grief or lament in this context), reflects the composer's romantic style, while the beautiful, resounding and romantic sound of the pianist is capitalised on to add another dimension to Chopin's music. Balance between the lyrical element and showman-virtuoso in Harasiewicz's performance creates a virtually ideal end-product.
During the years 1958-1974, the artist immortalised the majority of Chopin's works in recordings for Philips (14 LPs) as well as several compositions by Liszt and Brahms. Additionally, for Polskie Nagrania "Muza", he recorded Chopin's II Concerto in F minor with the National Philharmonic's Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kazimierz Kord (1979), and for Koch, Chopin's - Sonata in B minor, Ballade in A flat major, Nocturnes in D major, Op. 62 nr 1, Scherzo in E major, three mazurkas from Op. 63 as well as Polonaise in A flat major (1992).
Aside from sporadically holding master's courses for pianists as well as giving private artistic consultations to other virtuosos, Harasiewicz does not engage in pedagogical work. He does however occasionally sit on juries of international piano competitions, such as: Bolzano (1984), Saragoss (1987), Tern (1989) and Warszawa (Chopin Competition 1995, 2000).