Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

Director of Music Performance Program/Lecturer in Music
Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, piano, Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program
Lecturer in Music
Piano and Harpsichord
Office Address: 
618 Dodge Hall
(212) 854-1257

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska [baCHEVska] joined Columbia University's full-time faculty as Director of the Music Performance Program in 2014. Born in Poland to a family of musicians, Baczewska has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a pianist, harpsichordist, educator, recording artist, and an administrator. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, China National Symphony, and Macao Symphony, among others. She has appeared in concert with maestro Tan Dun, as well as violinist Joshua Bell, and performed throughout Europe, China, and the US, appearing in Carnegie Hall (NYC), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), National Center for Performing Arts (Beijing), Guangzhou Opera House (Guangzhou), and Salle Cortot (Paris), among others. 

As Artistic Director of BlueSleep Music, Baczewska produced music for MetroNaps EnergyPod®, popularized by Google. Her best-selling albums Music for Dreams were conceived with BlueSleep®, a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders.

Baczewska is a laureate of international piano competitions (Chopin Competition at the Kosciuszko Foundation, Dorothy McKenzie Recognition Award, Prix du piano Ecoles d'Art Américaines Fontainebleau, Grand prix European American Music Alliance Paris), as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture. Baczewska holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Mannes College The New School for Music, under the tutelage of Jerome Rose, and her doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music, in the studio of Constance Keene.

An avid educator, Baczewska has given piano master classes in the Central Conservatory (Beijing, China), Grassland International Music Festival (Hohhot, Inner Mongolia); International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC); New York Piano Festival (NYC). She is a full-time faculty member of Columbia University and professor at Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Varese, Italy. Magdalena volunteers teaching music appreciation online to Virtual Senior Center through Selfhelp, Inc. ​As a keen learner, she is also currently pursuing Post-baccalaureate Studies at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies.

Her ninth (fifth commercial) album, containing works of Chopin and Szymanowski, was recently released by French label Paraty. Magdalena is a Yamaha Artist. ​More information at


Chopin - Nocturne op. 27 No. 2, in D-flat major. Magdalena Baczewska, piano

Kapustin - Variations op. 41, Magdalena Baczewska, piano

LIVE: Bach "Goldberg Variations"; Magdalena Baczewska, Harpsichord and Piano

Magdalena Baczewska Lecture Recital