Stanisław Urstein (born 21 October 1915, died 4 October 1970 in Warsaw) – pianist.
Urstein graduated from secondary school in Warsaw in 1935, after which he studied law at the University of Warsaw. His piano instruction was started by his mother and continued at Mieczysław Karłowicz Music School, which he completed in 1937. From 1932 to 1935 he also took singing lessons from E. Walterówny and Z. Fedyczkowskiej. He made appearances as an accompanist under the alias, Lenart. From 1935 to 1936 he worked as an educator in the TON Opera Studio at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, and from 1936 to 1939 he coached soloists at that theatre.
After the outbreak of World War II, he took part in the September Campaign. He was interned at a camp in Jolsva, Hungary, where he organised a choir among the detainees. Later he prepared concerts at a club for Polish refugees in Budapest. In 1940 he made his way to Palestine via Yugoslavia and Turkey; once there, he became a soldier in the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade. In 1942 he was detailed to a cadet school in the Middle East. There he taught music, and organised a choir and theatre groups. In 1947 he returned to Poland and took up residence in Warsaw. He held the post of deputy music director at the talent agency Artos until 1950[1.1].
The first mention of him appeared in the Szczecin press in 1950. He was also involved with the talent agency Artos as a piano accompanist. In 1952 he made his debut as a public speaker demonstrating profound knowledge and an ability to connect with listeners. From time to time he gave chamber concerts. In 1960 he joined the National Music School in Szczecin in the role of professor of chamber music; there he led vocal groups and the orchestra. He also tried his hand at writing reviews and a column in "Głos Szczeciński" (Eng. "The Szczecin Voice").
In the 1959/1960 season, he was conductor at the Szczecin Opera as well as pianist for the Szczecin Symphony Orchestra. He prepared the vocals and other music for the premiere of "Kram z Piosenkami" (Eng. "A Market Booth of Songs") at the Teatr Współczesn in Szczecin (1960)[1.2]. As a music coach he worked with pianist and educator, Zbigniew Grajnert, during the preparations for Richard Heuberger's "Der Opernball” (Eng. The Opera Ball)[1.3]
In 1961 he took up the position of voice coach to soloists at the Warsaw Opera. In 1969 he became involved in the National Higher Theatre School in Warsaw, where he was named docent.[1.1.1].
- [1.1] http://www.e-teatr.pl/en/osoby/17298.html [Accessed 30 September 2012].
- [1.2] http://www.e-teatr.pl/en/osoby/17298.html [Accessed 30 September 2012].
- [1.3] Szczęsny M., Żydzi w kulturze muzycznej Szczecina, in: Żydzi oraz ich sąsiedzi na Pomorzu Zachodnim w XIX i XX wieku, eds. Jaroszewicz M., Stępiński W., Warsaw 2007, p.443.
- [1.1.1] http://www.e-teatr.pl/en/osoby/17298.html [Accessed 30 September 2012].