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Listen to This Dallas Pianist

Eva Brandys' musical talents gave her the chance to leave Poland for a brighter future in Dallas.

Eva Brandys was born in Poland. She liked playing the piano, and she was good at it. But the political state of the country sometimes led to abusive music lessons. When Dallas Baptist University discovered her, that changed.

She came to the U.S. with $50 in her pocket, minimal English skills, and a full scholarship to DBU. SMU then offered her a full scholarship for her master’s degree. She has since used her talents to found two fine arts schools in Dallas, Park Cities School of Music and Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts, and to release a CD of original compositions last year.

On Sunday, she’s playing a “Polish Crossroads” concert at 5 p.m. at the Sammons Center for the Arts, along with another Polish pianist, Liam Furdyna, and violist Mark Landson. The Dallas NeoClassical Ballet principal Ballerina will also be accompanying. You can get tickets for $40 each here.