Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg
Her wide interests and family traditions have determined her education and professions. A pianist, painter, economist, journalist, mathematician and manager, Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg completed her musical education at the Music Lyceum in Wroclaw, in Prof. Janina Butor's class, with a very-good-grade diploma in 1977. She concurrently passed the entrance exams to two academies, the Academy of Music in Wroclaw and the Wroc³aw University of Economics. She opted for economic studies and graduated with distinction from the Department of Computer Science and Business Administration with a specialization in Economic Cybernetics and Statistics in 1981.
She furthered her studies at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), obtaining a diploma in culture management with a very good result in 1997, as well as at Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Santander, Spain (a diploma in "Los festivales de Musica y su influjo social" - "The social Role of Music Festivals" in 1998), and The Amsterdam Maastricht University, Holland ("Sponsorship for the Arts" in 1998 and "Arts Management, People Management" in 2000). Her other studies include courses in Individual Tuition Arts Management at the French Institute of Management and the British Council.
From 1981 to 1989 Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg was active in fine arts, presenting her works at over 20 individual exhibitions, mainly outside Poland. In recognition of her artistic output, the Polish Minister of Culture and Art awarded her a professional artist license in 1987.
From 1990 to 1997 she worked in the culture division of Telewizja Polska S. A. in Wroclaw, she also co-operated with the TV-Polonia channel in Warsaw (1994-2000). She is the author of dozens of TV programs and series devoted to the most prominent Polish artists and cultural events. In 1995-1997 she regularly co-operated with the "Wiadomosci Kulturalne" ("Cultural News") weekly. She ran the press offices of the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj and the International Festival "Wratislavia Cantans". In 1996 she became the Wroclaw Province Governor's proxy for establishing the first ever in Poland "festival - institution of culture" under the name of International Festival "Wratislavia Cantans" and was next appointed its first general director. In 1997 Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg was elected for the board of the European Festivals Association (EFA) in Geneva and at present holds the office of President of Marketing Commission of this association. In 2000-2002 she was Commissioner for Music of the "Europalia - Poland 2001" Festival organized in Benelux by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the A. Mickiewicz Institute. In 2001 she held the office of Program Director of Telewizja Polska S. A. in Wroclaw. In 2000-2005 she was General Director of the W. Lutoslawski Philharmonic in Wroclaw.
Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg actively participates as a speaker in international conferences and cultural programs. She presented modern marketing in culture at the International Society for the Performing Arts Congres in New York (1998) and during the EFA Training Program - New Marketing in Culture in Geneva (1999), Lisbon (2000) and Varna (2001).
She is the winner of the Primus Inter Pares Award (Warsaw, 1977), Special Prize in Economics awarded by the Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, 1980), and the Prize of the Wroclaw Province Governor (Wroclaw, 1996). In 1998 she was nominated for the prestigious "Paszport Polityki" cultural award (granted annually by the most influential Polish weekly).
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