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A distinguished pianist, who rose to international fame when Leonard Bernstein invited him to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 after listening to his recording of 12 Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti only once on his car radio.
Mr. Drewnowski went on to perform at some of the most renowned and prestigious concert halls in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the United States and Japan.
He played under the baton of Leonard Bernstein again in 1989, during a special concert marking the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. The event gathered other world-famous artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Herman Prey, and Liv Ullmann, and was broadcast by TV stations throughout the world.
Marek Drewnowski is the president and founder of the Joseph Hofmann Foundation. As a part of the Foundation’s outreach, Mrs. Drewnowski has recorded two CD’s: Piano Concertos No. 2 and 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Piano Concertos in Chamber Version by Fryderyk Chopin.
Mr. Drewnowski is also known for his remarkable skills as a conductor. He is the founder and manager of the renowned Chopin Soloists Quintet and The Chopin Soloists Orchestra, and the director of the J. Hofmann and I.J. Paderewski Festivals. He has been involved in numerous movie projects as a co-producer and a scenarist, he also appeared as Frederick Chopin in the movie Chopin's Concert ("Koncert Chopina") by Krzysztof Zanussi. And in November 2017. there was the premiere of the radio show "He gave us Independence - Ignacy Jan Paderewski" to which he wrote the script.
In 1991, Mr. Drewnowski received the prestigious Orpheus Award from the Music Critics Association for his performance of the world premiere of Stefan Kisielewski's Piano Concerto at the celebrated Warsaw Autumn festival of contemporary music. In 2010, Drewnowski received Chopin’s Passport Award from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, given to distinguished artists who have contributed to the promotion of Chopin’s legacy. In 2016, he received the title of professor at the hands of the President of Poland. In 2017, he was awarded the Medal for Merit to Culture–Gloria Artist by POLAND’S Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" in B-flat major, Op. 2
Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
Mazurkas op. 41:
in E minor, No. 1
in B major, No. 2
in A-flat major, No. 3
Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 63, No. 3
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2
in A minor, Op. 34, No 2
in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No 2
in A-flat major, Op. 42
He is a student of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in class of Prof. Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just and in chamber music class of Prof. Krystyna Makowska-Ławrynowicz. He is a laureate of outstanding prizes in prestigious international piano competitions in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Slovenia, Estonia and Macedonia.
He plays chamber music passionately. He has a strong penchant for period performance – he plays the harpsichord (under Prof. Lilianna Stawarz) and period pianos.
Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1
Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1
in A-flat major, Op. 29, No. 1
in G-flat major, Op. 51, No. 3
in A-flat major, Op. 69, No. 1
in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2
in D-flat Major, Op 70, No. 3
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22