The Continuo Mourns
September 12, 1939 - June 7, 2016
Janusz Szlubowski, a Polish pianist and accordionist, was
also the Co-Director of the Marta Szlubowska Ensemble (MSE). Mr. Szlubowski
earned his MM in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Chopin Music
Academy in Warsaw, Poland. He performed throughout Europe and the United
States as a soloist and in a piano duo with his wife, Danuta Szlubowska. The
accordion was part of his life ever since he was a small child living in
Poland during WWII. He was always been able to make people smile, because of
his enthusiasm and love of music as well as his warm personality. He is
survived by his wife Danuta, his daughter Marta, and his granddaughter
Julia Kirk - all accomplished musicians - who reside in Jackson, MS.
The photo shows Janusz with his daughter Marta.
His daughter Marta adds the following:
Dear all, Thank you for your beautiful words about my dad and your support
in this difficult time. Yes, my dad passed away yesterday in St. Dominic's
Hospital after complications with his weak heart and blood infection, which
came on suddenly. He suffered only in the last couple of days and I believe
he knew when he had enough. He was still so eager to learn and share his
experiences and knowledge about music and life. I know he would have loved
learning that viola some more, play his new accordion at many functions and
continue caring for the garden in his home, but the intensity and passion
for living every minute of his life to the fullest might have been a little
hard on his body. His heart was made of gold, but has also experienced a lot
of pain, especially during WWII and in the Poland's Communist times. Only the
last 14 years here in US, he could really enjoy himself, which he did. He was
finally a free man! We are so grateful for him and his kindness and many
sacrificed he did for his family. He only thought of others, rarely of himself.
He loved all people and wanted to make their lives happier with his music and
by appreciating them.
And this further:
He was great at making everyone laugh and be joyful. He was always able to
make a party or a performance become the most enjoyable one you have ever
been to. He had a special feeling for what people needed at the moment. We
would go and play at the Orchard or Sunnybrook Estates for the older
residents and we (my mom, my daughter, and I) always wrote down the order
of the pieces we wanted to play, but my dad would change it all around
and do what he felt people wanted, the mood they were in. He drove us a
little crazy with that, but he was always right. The people would get off
their chairs and start dancing and singing along, and we are talking about
people who could barely walk or talk sometimes. He was a miracle maker!
Thank you, daddy!