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Krzysztof Jabłoński

Krzysztof Jablonski is Laureate of the F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985 as well as numerous top prizes at international piano competitions in Milan, Palm Beach, Monza, Dublin, New York, Calgary as well as Gold Medal at the A. Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.

For more than 30 years Jablonski is active performing solo, chamber music as well as with orchestras on stages in Europe, Americas, Asia and Israel in prestigious concert halls, including appearances on the Master Concert Series at Berliner Philharmonie. A frequent guest of many orchestras, performed under the baton of V. Gergiev, A. Boreyko, K. Penderecki, J. Semkow, J. Maksymiuk, F. Brueggen, W. Bothe, Y. Tezuka, T. Shimono, A. Wit, J. Krenz and with prominent ensembles such as Orchestra of the 18th Century, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Jenaer Philharmonie, Festival Orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kirishima Festival Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As chamber music recitalist he recently performed with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Arto Noras, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Teng Li - to name just a few. He is a member of "Warsaw Piano Quintet" which was first founded by W. Szpilman in 1962.

Jablonski’s somewhat romantic nature was shaping his music taste and interests over the years. Beside most popular works Jablonski has in his repertoire, he also plays some less known compositions such as Concertos by F. Riess, H. Litolff, E. Dohnanyi. He was invited to perform for ballet, opera and theatre spectacles as well as for spectacular, multi-discipline projects with multimedia presentations and lights such as Scriabin's "Prometheus" with Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Ballet “Fortepianissimo” choreographed by Lorca Massine at the National Opera in Warsaw, original piano version of the Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande. He was invited to perform during the opening of the Wiener Opernball in Vienna together with the Vienna State Opera Ballet choreographed by Giorgio Madia. Jablonski also played for the crowd of thousands with Grant Park Orchestra and K. Urbanski at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago.

In February of 2013, Jablonski performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with Maestro Valery Gergiev and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra during fundraising event “Clean Baltic Sea Concert” in Helsinki. This performance was streamed live over the Internet as well as recorded by Finnish Radio and TV.

2013 has brought Jablonski also to Japan where he performed Beethoven's Concerto with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra following his successful appearances with Kirishima Festival Orchestra in 2012. In 2014 he played during Kirishima Festival again and in 2015, celebrating 30 years of his artistic career, performed Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra - the same Piano Concerto he played during Finals of the F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985, where his international career began. Also in 2015, he performed Chopin's E minor Concerto once more with Warsaw Philharmonic under the button of Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. Jablonski concluded anniversary year performing Saint-Saëns' 2nd Piano Concerto in G minor with Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Patrick Fournillier in February of 2016.

He has made live recordings for radio and television in many countries as well as numerous CDs in Germany, Japan, and Poland. He was recently invited by the F. Chopin National Institute to record complete works by Chopin both on modern and historical pianos. Two first CDs (Etudes) were released in 2016 and 2017, and more will come soon. Jablonski himself says it is his once in a lifetime project, but he hopes to be able to complete this work in 3-4 years.

Studied with Janina Butor and Prof. Andrzej Jasiński. Worked during master classes with R. Kerer and N. Magaloff. Graduated with honors in 1987 from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he later earned his Doctorate in 1996. He was a Professor at The F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw from 2004 to 2017. He is currently a piano faculty at the Mount Royal University - The Conservatory in Calgary and at the University of Calgary and faculty member of the Morningside Music Bridge Program. He was also Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lethbridge during 2016-2017. In addition to academic responsibilities, he presents master classes, lectures and is a jury member at international piano competitions including Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw, Toronto/Mississauga (Chair of the Jury), Miami, Tokyo and Foshan in China.

program

Polonaise in A flat major op. 53

Etude in C minor op. 10 no. 12 “Revolutionary”

Scherzo in B minor op. 20

Ballade in G minor op. 23

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major op. 22

Grand duo Concertant in E major for piano and cello
(piano version for four hands)

Rita Shen

Born as Hsiao-Hsien Shen, Pianist Rita Shen has given recitals and concerts as a soloist and member of chamber music in France, Germany, Italy, United States and Taiwan. Her passion to Chopin’s music plays a significant role in her performance highlights. She was featured in Chopin Marathon concert hosted by Polish center of University of Southern California at Newman Hall in 2010 celebrating Chopin’s 200th anniversary. Her live recording of Chopin Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35 was broadcasted on KUSC FM 91.5. She was invited to perform for the Sundays Live concerts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art where the performance was live broadcasted, and in the Chopin Lecture & Recital by Polish Festival in L.A.. Most recently, she was invited to play Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 at the Valley Performing Arts Center in California. Aside from Chopin, Rita has great passion in playing and performing contemporary music. She has played numerous compositions by many current composers including Andrew Kaiser, Zhou Tian and piano solo pieces composed by composer/pianist Milen Kirov exclusively 2015-2017. Her appearance is found in collaboration with dancers. In 2017, she was invited to play duet with cellist Judy Kang at the Chinese Cultural Center in California for the American Chinese Dance Association and for Taiwanese American Pageant Association, San Gabriel, CA. From 2017, frequently she plays piano parts for music video, television and film production in Los Angeles.

Her upcoming invitations to perform Chopin include piano solo and chamber music in Poland by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw for the upcoming season 2019-2020, piano four hands with Krzysztof Jablonski, laureate of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Her future engagements also include music projects with composer Andrew Kaiser and music for films with director Giorgio Serafini.

Rita received her diploma in music education from Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, graduate diploma in piano performance from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and Master’s in piano performance from California State University, Northridge.

Rita also plays viola, occasionally joining chamber ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras. She also plays Chinese erhu and Chinese mandolin.

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Antoni Besses

Besses Antonio is considered one of the most important musicians in the music scene both as creative interpretation in the second half of the twentieth century. Always accompanied by great masters and received praise from the best of them (Gibert Civil Sancan, Jolivet, Ginastera, Copland ...) without forgetting colleagues and collaborators of the likes of Aldulescu, Blacher, Cervera, Comellas, Comissiona, de Larrocha, Graubin, Henkel or Markevitch.

As a pianist receives numerous prizes and awards: First Prize at the French Institute Award, Maria Barrientos, First Place "Drago Silver" in the International Competition of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Finalist in International Competition "Viña del Mar" (Chile ). Notably his work as Director and gets the first prize Conducting the city of Antwerp. Acting in concert halls and most prestigious orchestras in Europe and North America, addressing the extensive repertoire that included the contribution of contemporary music and his own works.

Restless and multifaceted personality, also performs tasks in assiduous and intense teaching. Aside from his position as a professor at the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona ESMUC highlight their master-classes taught in Madrid, Warsaw, Quebec, Kuhmo, Chateau Pitray, Yaounde and Douala.

Alternating a concert activities over a thousand concerts worldwide with numerous recordings (CD 40), including several integrated as Blancafort, Mompou, Falla and Turina; and working at this time integrals of Bach and Father Soler.

Finally, we should also emphasize his facet of composer 200 written works. He is currently composing a Third Piano concert pear, a s econd symphony and opera.

program

4 Preludes from op. 28
C major no.1
E minor no. 4
B flat major no. 21
G minor no. 22

Nocturne in F sharp major op. 15 no. 2

4 Mazurkas
F sharp minor op. 6 no. 1
E major op. 6 no. 3
C major op. 24 no. 2
B flat minor op. 24 no. 4

Nocturne in C minor op. 48 no. 1

2 Etudes
A flat major op. 10 no. 10
E minor op. 25 no. 5

2 Waltzes from op. 64
D flat major no. 1
C sharp minor no. 2

Polonaise-Fantasia in A flat major op. 61