</gallery>http://chopin2010.pl/uploads/pics/Katarzyna_Popowa-Zydron_630_x_450_02.jpgKatarzyna Popowa-Zydroń is a Polish pianist of Bulgarian descent. She graduated with honour from the State High School of Music (Academy of Music) in Gdansk, in prof.Zbigniew Sliwinski's class, in 1973. Completed her postgraduate studies in Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, in prof. Alexander Jenner's class.Prizewinner of the Polish Competitions: 4th Polish Festival of Young Musicians, 2nd Polish Competition of Piano Music. Entered semi-finals of 9th International Chopin Competition Warsaw, Piano Competition in Terni, Italy, 1975 and ARD Piano Competition in Munich in 1978.She obtained an honourable mention at the 1975 Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition. Rafał Blechacz's teacher, Popowa-Zydroń is best known for her work as a pedagogue. She has been decorated by the Commission of National Education (2004) and the Order of Polonia Restituta's Commander Cross (2005).She is a professor of piano at the Academy of Music in Gdansk and in Bydgoszcz.