09.06.2019

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Konrad Skolarski

Polish pianist Konrad Skolarski was born in 1980 in Warsaw in a musical family. He holds a doctoral degree in musical arts and is Assistant Professor at the Chair of Piano, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. As a concert pianist he is known for his with extraordinary technique and recognizable own style of interpretations, as well as for interesting and sophisticated piano repertoire.

In April 2017 the pianist performed the Polish premiere of Rodion Shchedrin 1st Piano concerto with National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the baton of Alexander Humala. In October 2017 Konrad Skolarski gave recitals and masterclass in Buenos Aires, receiving enthusiastic reviews. In November 2017 Konrad Skolarski gave a very successful tour in the US, performing recitals in New York and Buffalo, as well as 2nd Chopin piano concerto with Buffalo Philharmonic under the baton of Maestra JoAnn Falletta. His performance of Chopin 2nd concerto there was acclaimed “revelation” and “hit” and was included in the promotional CD of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The pianist gave also masterclass in Buffalo University, as well as at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York.

He started to learn to play the piano at the age of 4 under Professor Marek Mizera. At the age of 9, he performed Concerto in F Minor by J.S. Bach with the famous orchestra Concerto Avenna. Afterwards, he performed many times as a young virtuoso at the National Philharmonic during Sunday concerts for the youth.

At the age of 13, he became a laureate of the Professor Ludwik Stefański Competition for Young Pianists. He was then noticed by Professor Halina Czerny-Stefańska who gave him the 2nd award. Between 1995 and 1998, he studied under Janusz Olejniczak. In 1997, he participated in the International Master Course called “The Pianists of Tomorrow” in Hamamatsu, Japan, organized by the Japan Music Foundation and Hiroko Nakamura. He was the only pianist from Europe invited to this competition, and was its youngest participant among 25 pianists from around the world. He developed his skills during private and master classes with such famous musicians as: Alexander Jenner, Sergio Perticarolli, Hiroko Nakamura, Oxana Yablonskaya (Julliard School of Music) and Vladimir Krainev.

From 1998–2005, he studied under the Russian pianist Olga Rusina. In 2001 he won the 1st award at the 3rd International P. Tchaikovsky Competition in Spain (Huesca). For this achievement, he was awarded with the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture. Between 2002 and 2005, he studied at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, class of Prof. Olga Rusina, and after that he completed a one-year course in the class of the world-famous pianist and pedagogue, Professor Pavel Gililov. In 2002 he recorded his debut album with pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Sergei Prokofiev. The album was released by the Universal Company in 2005 and had very favorable reviews.

In 2007, Konrad Skolarski graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, and in the period of 2007–2010 he was a student at a master class of the mentioned professor Pavel Gililov (postgraduate studies: “Konzertexamen”) with whom he still collaborates.

By working under many Russian pianists and pedagogues, Konrad Skolarski had a chance to familiarize with two centres of the famous Russian piano schools – the “Leningrad” school and the “Moscow” one.

In 2009 Konrad Skolarski participated in a competition in Leeds and was also invited to the most prestigious piano festival called “Klavierfestival Ruhr.” The artist’s concert at the WDR Cologne (2010) was recorded and transmitted live. The artist gave concerts in Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Serbia, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain and Japan.

Since 2010 Konrad Skolarski has been a student of legendary Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger in London, who has worked with many distinguished pianists, including Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire or Shura Cherkassky.

In 2010, he obtained a doctoral degree, and since 2011 he has been cooperating with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of Professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj).

Konrad Skolarski signed a recording contract with DUX. In 2012, the company released two albums with pieces by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, and piano miniatures (Bach-Siloti, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Medtner, Tchaikovsky, Tchaikovsky-Pabst, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Saint-Saëns/Godowsky). In 2012 his solo CD with Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Prokofiew was awarded by the international music critics – Diapason “5” Award and nomination for Fryderyk Award.

The recent concert plans of Konrad Skolarski include performances in Warsaw Philharmonic (with Sinfonia Iuventus and Michail Jurowski), at 20. Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, 30. Izmir International Festival, and many others.

The artist is interested in painting, poetry, psychology and philosophy – especially the idealistic philosophy of the Far East.

program

Scherzo in B minor op. 20

Nocturne in F minor op. 55 no.1

Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31

Nocturne in C minor op. 48 no.1

Ballade in F minor op. 52

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Ignacy Lisiecki

In November 2012, Ignaz Lisiecki made his debut in Tokyo Opera City, one of the world’s most significant concert halls. Since then, he has been regularly invited to Japan where he has performed with outstanding orchestras like the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. He has also played recitals in Sumida Triphony Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, to name a few. In 2017, Lisiecki gave a performance in a popular programme “Daimei no nai Ongakukai” broadcast by TV Asahi, dedicated to classical music, together with Kazuki Sawa, a Japanese violinist. Lisiecki performs frequently with philharmonic orchestras in Poland. He has played with various conductors including Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jose Maria Florencio, Tadeusz Strugała, Norichika Iimori and Ken Takaseki, in prestigious concert halls like National Philharmonic in Warsaw and the seat of Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

For several years, Ignaz Lisiecki has cooperated regularly with David Geringas, a legendary Lithuanian cellist. He has also collaborated with the String quartet of the Konzerthaus Berlin.

His first record, “Homage to Brahms” released in 2013, was well received by the media. It was covered by “Newsweek”, “Wprost”, “Polskie Radio”, the Swiss public “Radio RTS” and American “Fanfare Magazine”, to name a few.

Polish Music Publishing House (PWM) has invited Ignaz Lisiecki to record Alexandre Tansman’s Piano preludes as part of a phonographic project which is a compilation of a hundred most intriguing works of Polish music in the past century.

Ignaz Lisiecki devotes a considerable part of his performances to contemporary music. Oftentimes he has been the first musician to present in Poland and Japan works representing the latest composition trends, for example by Esa-Pekka Salonen. He was also the first to perform works dedicated to him including “Gliptopalinomia” by renowned Polish composer Paweł Hendrich. In 2018, Lisiecki during the Japanese tour made the world’s premiere of Piano Sonata no. 2 by Roman Palester a very important figure in the history of 20th century Polish music.

Piano transcriptions play an important role in the pianist’s professional activity. 2011 marked the world premiere of his original Paraphrase on Adagietto from Fifth Symphony commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death during a recital in Sayaka Hall in Osaka. In 2012, he recorded Fantasy on Choral Prelude, a piece of work inspired by Johannes Brahms’ chorale prelude.

In 2011, Ignaz Lisiecki was awarded a diploma of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in promoting Polish culture in the world. He studied piano at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover as well as conducting at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Ignaz Lisiecki next CD album “Swan Song” will be released in spring 2019 by Sony Music.

program

3 Mazurkas
B minor op. 33 no.4
B flat major op. 7 no.1
C sharp minor op. 63 no.3

2 Ballades
A flat major op. 47
F major op. 38

2 Mazurkas
F minor op. 68 no. 4
A minor op. 17 no. 4

Ballade in G minor op. 23

Nocturne in C sharp minor op. posth.

Polonaise in A major op. 40 no. 1