He was born on October 23, 1936 in Częstochowa, where he also graduated from the Secondary Music School in the class of Stefania Borkowska. He studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice in the class of Władysława Markiewiczówna (diploma with distinction - 1959). In 1960 he won the Grand Prix in the Maria Canals International Piano Music Competition. In 1960-61 he completed studies in Paris under Magda Tagliaferro.

In 1961 he performed with the RAI Orchestra in Turin under the direction of Carlo Zecchi, which was the beginning of the artist’s broader stage activity. In addition to performances in Poland, he traveled several times around the countries of the former USSR, performed at music festivals in Czechoslovakia, played in Germany, Uruguay, Brazil and Japan. He made several archival recordings with the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television in Katowice and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. He has collaborated many times with Józef Stompl, performing concerts for two pianos by Bach and Mozart, with the NOSPR brass quintet (Mozart and Beethoven piano quintets). He performed six times at the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk. In January 2006 he gave concerts in Tokyo.

In 1962 he began teaching at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice, which gradually became his main specialty. In 1973-96 and 2003-05 he was the head of the Piano Department. In 1979-82 he additionally taught the piano class at the music school in Stuttgart.

He educated a large group of concert pianists and educators. His students are, among others, Krystian Zimerman, Joanna Domańska, Jerzy Sterczyński, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Magdalena Lisak, Zbigniew Raubo, Rafał Łuszczewski and Beata Bilińska.

He participated in the jury of the most serious international competitions, including Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels, Piotr Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Van Cliburn at Fort Worth, Ferruccio Busoni in Bolzano.

In 1975 he made his debut as a juror of the International Piano Competition Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw, and during three of the editions (in 2000, 2005 and 2010) he chaired the Jury. The artist delivers piano courses in many music centers around the world, including annually at the Summer Music Academy ‘Mozarteum’ in Salzburg.

In March 2005 he was an honorable promoter-laudator in the proceedings granting Krystian Zimerman the title of doctor honoris causa of the Music Academy in Katowice. In December 2006, prof. Andrzej Jasiński himself received the title of doctor honoris causa of the Music Academy in Katowice. Laudations were given by prof. Józef Stompel, and during the ceremony there was also a promotion of the book by Iwona Bias and Monika Biedy ‘Andrzej Jasiński - Artist and Man’.

In the years 2005-2014 prof. Andrzej Jasiński was a member of the Program Council of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

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