Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron is an internationally acclaimed Polish pianist of Bulgarian origin. A former student of Alexander Jenner at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
Popowa-Zydron's repertoire includes compositions from the baroque to the contemporary, with emphasis on the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and others. She is known for premiering Polish modern music and has also performed as a chamber musician with renowned soloists and ensembles. Her concerts and recordings (for Accord Musidisc, CD Accord, Art Records, and Fryderyk Chopin Institute) have been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences.
Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron is a professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where she was also Head of the Piano Department. She frequently gives masterclasses and conducts seminars and courses for piano teachers. She has frequently been on juries, judging national and international competitions. She is President of the I. J. Paderewski Music Society in Bydgoszcz, the organizer of the Paderewski International Piano Competition and the Paderewski Piano Academy, one-of-a-kind summer courses in piano playing with a symphonic orchestra.
Her pupils and students have won awards in numerous competitions. Among her former pupils are Krzysztof Herdzin, Rafal Blechacz, Pawel Wakarecy, Katarzyna Borek, Radoslaw Kurek, Michio Nishihara Toro, Michal Szymanowski, and others.