Polish pianist Halina Czerny-Stefanska was born in Krakow on 31 December 1922. She studied with her father, then with Alfred Cortot, Jozef Turczynski and Zbigniew Drzewiecki.
She was joint winner with Bella Davidovich of the 1949 International Chopin Competition, and later was a member of the jury for this competition and also for the Leeds, Tchaikovsky and Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competitions.
Her Supraphon recording of Chopin's E minor piano concerto was, for a while, in the UK, misattributed to Dinu Lipatti.
Halina Czerny-Stefanska died in Krakow on 1 July 2001, aged seventy-eight.