Faculty Profile: Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

Director of Music Performance Program/Lecturer in Music


Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska 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. 

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Masterpieces of Western Music
  • Chamber Music