Władysław Kędra (16 September 1918 – 26 September 1968) was
a Polish pianist.
Kędra was born in Łódź. He made his debut in 1933, performing
Haydn's 11th Concerto and Camille Saint-Saëns's Rapsodie d'Auvergne.
He graduated from the
Łódź Conservatory in 1937. He took part in
the 3rd International Chopin Piano Competition, attracting juror Magda
Tagliaferro's attention. He finished his studies in Paris.
World War II
World War II he secretly performed banned Polish music in
Warsaw. The precarious circumstances affected Kędra's hands, but he
overcame this. Settling back in
Łódź after the German capitulation,
he took part in the 1946 Concours de Geneve and the 4th Chopin Piano
Competition, where he was awarded a 5th prize, which launched his
In 1957 he settled in Vienna. He made many recordings, and died in
Warsaw from cancer. He was 50 years old.
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