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MAREK DREWNOWSKI was born in Kolobrzeg, Poland and began playing the piano as a young child. He went on to study piano at the Warsaw Academy of Music with Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki. After Professor Drzewiecki's death, he moved to Krakow where he graduated from the local PWSM (High School of Music) as a student of Jan Hoffman.
His first noticeable success, both within Poland and abroad, came with his recording of the 12 Piano Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, issued in 1975. After listening to this recording, Leonard Bernstein invited Mr. Drewnowski to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He went on to play concerts in some of the most splendid and famous concert halls in Europe, the United States and Japan.
In September 1989 Mr. Drewnowski, alongside world-famous artists such as Leonard Bernstein, Barbara Hendricks, Herman Prey and Liv Ulman, participated in the performance of a solemn concert marking the occasion of the 50th anniversary of World War II. The entire event was broadcast by television stations throughout the world. In 1991 Mr. Drewnowski received the prestigious "Orpheus" award from the SPAM (Stowarzyszenia Polskich Artystów Muzyków, Polish Artists and Musicians Association) Music Critics for his performance of the world premiere of Stefan Kisielewski's Piano Concerto at the Warsaw Autumn contemporary music festival.
His recordings include Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas, the Piano Concertos of C.M. von Weber released by FREQUENZ, ARTE, and a series of records with TONPRESS and of Chopin music and piano concertos in chamber form (quintet) which have been brought back to concert stages thanks to him. His recent recordings include Tansman's 2nd Piano Concerto and Szymanowski's 4th Symphony Concertante. He recorded Chopin's piano concertos and 19 waltzes on video compact for NVC Arts in London and New York. He received high critical acclaim for his recordings of Chopin's renowned Piano Concertos for BELOVED ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (Dinemec) in New York and for his recordings with EXTON (OCTAVIA records) in Tokyo.
Mr. Drewnowski is the founder and manager of the Hofmann and I.J. Paderewski Festivals in Nalecow, as well as the the famous Chopin Soloists Quintet and Chopin Soloists Orchestra. He acted the role of Frederick Chopin in the movie, "The Chopin's Concert" ("Koncert Chopina”) by Krzysztof Zanussi and co-produced the film, "The Fascination of Frederick" ("Oczarowanie Fryderyka") by Izabela Cywinska.
Mr. Drewnowski is a professor at the Lodz Academy of Music in Poland and gives master classes all over the world. He is currently devoted to recording the piano concertos and other treasures from the work of W.A. Mozart in preparation for the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
Mr. Drewnowski is also known for his remarkable skills as a conductor.
Nocturne in F sharp major op.15 no. 2
E minor op. 41 no. 1
B major op. 41 no. 2
A flat major op. 41 no. 3
C sharp minor op. 63 no. 3
A minor op. 68 no. 2
A minor op. 34 no. 2
A flat major op. 42
Przemyslaw / Slav Lechowski – Polish concert pianist
In recognition of his piano skills and contribution to the popularization of Chopin's music in Siberia received title of Honorary Professor of the National Research Tomsk State University.
Przemyslaw Lechowski commenced learning to play the piano in the age of five, initially working with Zdzislaw Tanewski, subsequently with Adam Podrez. Has graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in piano class of Prof. Czeslaw Stanczyk and chamber music class of Prof. Maria Szwajger-Kulakowska. Afterwards has mastered his piano skills within postgraduate piano studies with Prof. Alicja Paleta-Bugaj at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Has graduated from Postgraduate Studies of Foreign and International Service at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
He is laureate of Polish and international piano competitions. Has performed in Poland, France, Russia, Germany, Norway, Italy, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, China, Indonesia and Lebanon - overall performing more than two thousand times.
Has been a jury member of international piano competitions. Since 2010 is a vice-chairman of the Jury of The Siberian International Chopin Piano Competition in Russia and has represented this competition at the international Chopin Competitions' Conferences organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Since 2012 is a vice-chairman of the Jury of The Galaxy International Piano Competition in Indonesia.
In 2010 was an organiser and performer of concert The Longest Birthday. This 171-hours performance of hundreds artists from Poland and abroad connected two official dates of Frederic Chopin’s 200th birthday – February 22nd and March 1st and was described in medias all over the world. The Longest Birthday won two S3KTOR awards from the President of the capital city Warsaw: Grand Prix and award for the best NGO’s cultural event in the capital city of Warsaw in 2010.
Przemyslaw Lechowski gave numerous concerts in places connected with Frederic Chopin – in Zelazowa Wola, Brochow, Duszniki, Szafarnia, Sanniki, under his monument in Lazienki Park (Warsaw), in Chopin Salon, Kordegarda Chopin2010 and Paris. Has performed piano recital together with Halina Czerny-Stefanska, the first Polish winner of the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. Also has participated in festivals - Chopin Festival in Russia, Chopiniana, Chopin Birthday. During official Chopin Year Celebrations performed in Grand Serail – Palace of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, in the Arkhangelsk Philharmony, at vernissages of Chopin and his nostalgia exhibitions by famous Polish photographer Tomek Sikora as well as in the project Nocturnos. Iwo Zaniewski and the pianists.
Originator and artistic director of international piano festival Chopin w sercu Warszawy, taking place in the Holy Trinity Church - an official Chopin place.
Has appeared in multimedia exhibition Chopin. Stories, has taken part in the film Meet the World about art of piano, made by French director and composer Fowzi Guerdjou. Has been co-organiser and performer of varsovian festival Chopin in the gardens of Polonia House, connected with piano masterclasses Playing Chopin. Furthermore, for three years appeared in the performance Frederic Chopin – Homo Artifex.
Together with Polish clarinetist Anna Kalska took part in the first edition of program The New Interpretations by the Institute of Music and Dance, performing works of Polish contemporary composers Stefan Kisielewski and Witold Lutoslawski. Has been a multiple scholar of program Polish Culture in the World by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Since 2004 leeds his piano solo class at the Frederic Chopin State School of Music in Warsaw, the oldest music school in Poland. Since 2014 is a Head of Piano Department in this school. He possess the highest professional status in Polish educational system - Diploma Teacher. He has acquired the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for England as well.
Gives piano masterclass in Poland, Russia, Lithuania, China and Indonesia. Since 2010 is lecturer of the Warsaw Piano Workshop, in 2015 became its Organizing Manager as well.
Member of The Siberian Chopin Committee, The New Art Association and The European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA- Poland).
Lives in Warsaw with his family, since long years totally infatuated in Catalonian Shepherds - Gos d'Atura Català.
Nocturne in B flat minor op. 9 no. 2
C sharp minor op. 6 no.1
B minor op. 33 no. 4
2 Etudes from op. 25
A flat major no.1
A minor no. 11
Fantasia in F minor op. 49
Mazurka in F minor op. 17 no. 4
Etude in E flat minor op. 10 no.6
Nocturne in E major op. 62 no.2
Etude in C minor op. 10 no.12