Born in Toulouse, Marie-Claude Werchowska studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where she was awarded first prize in piano (with Lucette Desclaves) and first prize in chamber music (with Fernand Oubradouss). She perfected her skills with L. Fourestier, Marguerite Long, P. Barbizet and V. Perlmuter.
The prize awarded by the Fondation de la Vocation de France enabled her to perform with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux at the Gaveau hall. In this concert, she played the concertos of Beethoven, Liszt and Jean Riviere – the composer and composition professor at the Paris Conservatoire, who was present at the concert and the wrote : “Marie-Claude Werchowska was not afraid to include in her programme three stylistically different concertos, which she played in a masterful fashion. Without the slightest doubt, a brilliant career awaits her.”
As a soloist with Radio-France, she has performed with great orchestras, both in Paris (at the Salle Pleyel, the Maison de la Radio, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées) and in other principal cities of France, either in recital or as a soloist.
She has also toured abroad many times: in Belgium, where she played in concert with all of the great orchestras of this country, in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Canada, Guatemala, Senegal, Israel…
Needless to say, she has a special sentiment for Poland. She has given recitals in Chopin’s home in Zelazowa Wola, as well as in Warsaw, Cracow, Lancut, Tarnow and Lodz, where she conducted a master class for pianists at the Academy of Music.
She has played under the baton of such conductors as Serge Baudo, Louis Fourestier, Marcel Couraud, Tony Aubin, Jose Serebrier, Enrique Jorda, Georges Octors, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Charles Dutoit, Pierre Vigneron and Stéphane Cardon.
Apart from her career as a performer, Marie-Claude Werchowska is active as a teacher. She has obtained the Teaching Certificate in Piano. She has taught the piano at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and currently she teaches at the Douai Conservatory.
Marie-Claude Werchowska has made four CD recordings: the music of the Russian Group of Five, the piano works of Karol Szymanowski, a recital of Belgian music, and Polish mazurkas.
She is strongly attached to her Polish roots. In 1999 she founded the French-Polish Cultural Association in Douai, which organizes the annual festival, of which she is the artistic director.
In 2010 took place the 10th edition of the festival, which coincided with the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth. On this occasion, Marie-Claude Werchowska invited many artists from Poland, and herself accepted, in turn, several invitations to give recitals of Chopin’s music in France, Poland and China.
For her action as President of the Franco-Polish Festival of Douai, she received the Order of National Merit and the Order of Polish Cultural Merit.
She moved closer to Toulouse her hometown in May 2017 and lives in Muret where she continues her musical activities, mainly in duet with her husband clarinetist. It is in Muret that they produced their last CD entitled “Duo Affetuoso” and presenting composers exiled because of the Second World War.