Szymanowska [née Wołowska], Maria Agata
- Zofia Chechlińska
(b Warsaw, Dec 14, 1789; d St Petersburg, July 25, 1831). Polish pianist and composer. She studied the piano in Warsaw with Antoni Lisowski (1798–1800) and T. Gremm (1800–04). She made her début in Warsaw in 1810 and in the same year went to Paris, where she probably performed in private salons. In 1815 she began her professional career as a pianist and in 1822–3 toured many cities in the then Russian territories, including Moscow, Kiev, Riga and, especially, St Petersburg. There she performed at the Imperial Court and received the title of First Pianist. She also met Hummel and performed in a concert with him. In 1818 she visited England and from 1823 to 1826 toured western Europe, giving public and private concerts (often before royalty) in Germany, France, England (three more visits), Italy, Belgium and Holland. In London, in 1824, she played for the Royal Philharmonic Society (18 May); at Hanover Square in the presence of members of the royal family (11 June); and in private houses, including those of the dukes of Hamilton, Kent and Northumberland. Everywhere, her performances received critical and public acclaim. Frequently she performed with the most distinguished European artists of the time, including Pierre Baillot and Giuditta Pasta. After returning to Warsaw and giving concerts in Poland, she returned to Russia in ...