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Anna Maria Stańczyk completed her degree at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music; Warsaw studying with Jan Ekier and Bronislawa Kawalla, then followed a scholarship to Budapest with Kornel Zempleny and in London, with Louis Kentner on a master in performance and a continual musical association with Louis Kentner with whom she performed concerts for two pianos.
Anna Maria Stańczyk has performed with various orchestras and recitals in: Europe, Asia, and Central and North America, playing concerts in major concert halls including: the, “Philharmonic Hall” Warsaw”, Van Leer Hall”, Jerusalem, Tirana Opera House, “Philharmonic Hall”, Odessa, St. Lawrence Centre”, Toronto, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, London and Carnegie Recital Hall, New York where she received the following review: ”Miss Stańczyk is a pianist with a genuine feel for the Romantic repertory. Her tone although heroic, is capable of a myriad shading subtleties, and she has the intelligence and sense of narrative structure, that is crucial to any reading of this music.” New York Times.
“Anna Maria Stańczyk proved to be a worthy successor of the best Chopin traditions. Her original interpretation of Chopin was, at the same time, supportive of the old masters (Paderewski, Malcuzinski, Czerny Stefanska). Her rendering of the Polonaise in A flat major was a combination of majesty, dignity, serenity and internal strength. Poetic and nostalgic waltzes, were played with admirable simplicity”. Culture & Life, Odessa.
Anna Maria Stańczyk also appeared in several major musical festivals and ceremonies: in Tirana where she unveiled the Frederick Chopin monument in the presence of the President of Albania and the President of Poland, The Thames Festival London where she gave memorable concerts to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth, Tower Bridge, London, Duszniki Chopin Festival, Poland, Wallenstein Palace, seat of the Czech Senate, Prague Festival and at Eglise St Merri Festival, Paris, and recently Rudolf Steiner International Concert Series.
She has received various awards for her achievement in the world of music: the “Franz Liszt Medal” from the Hungarian Government for her playing of Liszt music and the “Order of Merit from the “Polish Ministry of Culture” for her achievement and her contribution to the world of music.
Anna Maria Stańczyk is the winner of two Platinum Discs: ‘Polskie Nagrania’ for her CD ‘Anna Maria Stańczyk plays Liszt’: Platinum Disc for her CD ’24 Classic Hits’ from Polskie Nagrania Edition. Polskie Nagrania released recently a CD with her recording of Chopin and Liszt.
In the year, 2013, Anna Maria Stańczyk inaugurated the artistic season of Chopin concerts under the Monument of Fryderyk Chopin, Lazienki Park, Warsaw in presence of the President of Poland, President of Warsaw and the International Diplomatic Corps.
Together with The Archway Trust she developed a peripatetic piano school in the UK which she ran for many years.
Anna Maria Stańczyk is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the “Powsin International Piano Festival” in Warsaw celebrating this year its 24th Anniversary.
Anna Maria Stańczyk participates as a jury member in many international piano competitions e.g. Scriabin International Piano Competition, Italy, Louisiana International Piano Competition USA, Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, Estonia, Couldson & Purley Festival UK, Slupsk Piano Festival Poland, Orbetello, Piano Competion, Italy.
Anna Maria Stańczyk has been running master classes over the years:
Poitier Conservatoire, France,
The Arts and Music Academy Tirana, Albania
Music School Bangkok, Thailand
Louisiana Music School, USA
The music of Fryderyk Chopin occupies a special place in Anna Maria Stańczyk’s repertoire.
“Ever since I first heard Chopin’s music its dramatic tone and intrinsic beauty permeated my body and soul, reigned over my mind and emotions, brought about excitement and tranquillity, enjoyment and sorrow, touching every living nerve of mine but also wiping out tears from my cheeks whenever my heart was crying out.
Chopin’s music, my best friend”.
Polonaise in C minor op. 40
C major op. 24 no. 2
G minor op. 24 no.1
B flat major op. 7 no.1
2 Etudes from op. 25
A flat major no.1
A minor no.11
Fantasia in F minor op. 49
Mazurka in A 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
Russian pianist Ilya Maximov is the winner of the G.B. Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy. He is a top prizewinner at more than fifteen international competitions, including Maria Canals International Piano competition (Spain), Hilton Head International Piano Competition (USA), Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition (Spain) and at the Scottish International Piano Competition.
He performed at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals in Europe, Asia and America including Salle Cortot in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Chamber Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Morinomiye Piloti Hall in Osaka, Suginami Kokaido in Tokyo, Esplanade Hall in Singapore, Theatre A. Roldán in Havana, Palau de la musica in Valencia, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid and La Sapienza in Rome.
He regularly performs as a soloist and with various orchestras such as Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra, Wuhan Symphonic Orchestra, Singapore Youth National Symphonic Orchestra, Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, Orchestra Simfònica del Valles, Bach Chamber Orchestra, Havana National Symphonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra among others. He collaborated with such conductors as Justus Franz, James P Liu, Misha Katz, Darrell Ang, and James Ross.
Ilya graduated from Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona, Royal College of Music in London and Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg where he studied with renowned pianists and pedagogues Stanislav Pochekin, Dmitri Alexeev and Pavel Gililov.
Alongside his solo career Ilya is a teaching assistant at Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of prof. Pavel Gililov.
Polonaise-Fantasia in A flat major op. 61
Berceuse in D flat major op. 57
2 Waltzes from op. 64
C sharp minor no. 2
A flat major no. 3
Nocturne in F minor op. 55 no. 1
Polonaise in A flat major