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Concert by Zhao Ying at Kordegarda Chopin 2010

On December 11, 2010, (Saturday) at 5.00 pm. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010  a young guest pianist from China, Zhao Ying, will perform a concert of Fryderyk Chopin and Franciszek Liszt's compositions. 

Zhao Ying has been invited to Poland by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. 

Programme of the concert:

F. Chopin – Etude in C-sharp minor Op. 10 No. 4

F. Chopin – Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat major Op. 22

F. Liszt – La Campanella

F. Liszt – Rhapsody No. 2


Admission to the concert is free of charge
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Zhao Ying was born in 1990 in Tianjin in China. She studied piano in the Tianjin Conservatory of Music for seven years, coached by professor Alexey Sokolov. During her studies she performed many concerts and participated in many international master courses. At present she is studying at the Rimski-Korsakow Conservatory of Music in Petersburg. 

Zhao Ying has won many prizes and distinctions at both Chinese and international piano competitions, among others: 

  • 2010 – Grand Prix and the Special Prize for the best performance of the Chopin’s composition at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Tomsk, (Russia);
  • 2009 – Special Prize at the "Step to Mastery" International Piano Competition, St. Petersburg, (Russia);
  • 2008 – 3rd Prize at the "TOYAMA" Asian Youth Music Competition, Beijing, (China) and the 1st prize at the "Sunshine 100" National Piano Competition, Tianjin, (China);
  • 2007 – 2nd prize at the "Rising Star" International Open Asian Piano Competition, Singapore, and the 4th prize at the "Cadenza" Piano Competition

Songs and compositions concert and meeting with the author Juliusz Multarzyński

The vocal instrumental concert dedicated to Fryderyk Chopin, promoting the album "Pianists – studium rubato" (pl. "Pianiści – studium rubato") by Juliusz Multarzyński will take place on December 4, 2010 (Saturday) at 4.00 pm. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010.

Performing artists:
Ewa Warta-Śmietana – soprano,

Krystyna Man Li Szczepańska – piano,
Jekatierina Sarajewa-Drzewiecka – piano,
Małgorzata Westrych – piano,
Stanisław Drzewiecki – piano,
Mariusz Rutkowski – piano

Juliusz Multarzyński, the album’s author, is the special gust.

The concert features Fryderyk Chopin’s piano compositions, songs he composed and songs inspired by his music or dedicated to him. Pianists will perform among others such compositions as Etude op.10 no. 3, Nocturne op. 9 no. 2, Mazurkas op. 41 no. 2, op. 68 no 2, op. 67 no 4, The Wish, Lithuanian Song, Handsome Lad,  and Nocturne for Chopin (lyrics by Bronisław Maj, composition by Krystyna Man Li Szczepańska), Letter to Chopin (music by Panajot Bojadzijew, lyrics by Wiktor Maksymkin, transcription by Krystyna Man Li Szczepańska), or Waltz for Chopin (music and lyrics by Stanisław Niwelt).

Photography Album Pianiści – studium rubato constitutes the fourth work of this type by Juliusz Multarzyński (previous works "Balet w Polsce", "Mój Verdi", "Dyrygenci"). The author is an outstanding, first of all theatre and scenic movement photographer. The album is made of 167 photograms of pianists from Hinrich Alpers to Krystian Zimerman. Juliusz Multarzyński has attended concerts, observed the artists, took pictures which became the source of full of expression, natural images.

A DVD titled "Nie wszystek umrę" (en. "I won’t die completely") is attached to the album. The disc has been recorded for the 200th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth. It has the role of an original "visualization of music". The content of the disc is best expressed by its subtitle: "twórczość Chopina i dla Chopina" (en. "Chopin’s works for Chopin"). It features the most readily performed and preferred by the audience piano compositions, and the musical and literary works by later poets and composers who were influenced by Chopin’s genius. The recordings are performed by well-known in Poland and abroad artists such as: Ewa Warta - Śmietana, Man Li, Renata Żełobowska - Orzechowska, Mariusz Pędziałek, Jerzy Trela.

Media patronage of the event: website chopin2010.pl and maestro.net.pl. The concert is sponsored by Radisson Blu.

CHOPIN CONCERT – November 18, 6.00 pm

Anna Kostrzyńska – soprano

Aleksandra Anna Nawe – piano

Marcin Dominik Głuch – piano

Concert's programme:

F. Chopin, Polonaise in B-flat major op.71 No. 2 (Marcin Dominik Głuch)
F. Chopin, 6 Songs op.74 (Anna Kostrzyńska, Marcin Dominik Głuch)
F. Chopin, Nocturne in H major op.9 No. 3 (Marcin Dominik Głuch)
K. B. Przybylski, Inscription au Pere-La chaise pour piano (1998), (Aleksandra Anna Nawe)
F. Chopin – P. Viardot, 3 Mazurkas for soprano and piano (Anna Kostrzyńska, Marcin Dominik Głuch)
I. Zemzaris, Varsavas Triptihs (Marcin Dominik Głuch)
M. Balakirew – S. Lyapunov, Suite pour Orchestre sur 4 Morceaux de Chopin (Aleksandra Anna Nawe, Marcin Dominik Głuch)  

Anna Kostrzyńska – lyric coloratura soprano. Graduate of the Conservatorio di Musica G. B. Martini in Bologna (diploma: solo singing), Fryderyk Chopin School of Music in Warsaw (diploma: solo singing), Karol Szymanowski Complex of State Music Schools no 4 in Warsaw (diploma: musician – harpist). She performed in the United States (among other's in the Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Holley Hall of Beatrice Freedman Symphony Centre in Florida, Polish – American Cultural Centre in Cleveland), Italy (among others: Complesso Monumentale San Paolo in Monselice, Villa Contarini in Piazzola sul Brenta, Institute of German Culture in Bologna), Gemany and Poland.

Aleksandra Anna Nawe – pianist, pedagogue. She graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Łódź with two specialities: soloist in the class of professor Zbigniew Lasocki and chamber in the class of professor Rajmund Ambroziak. She is the 2nd prize winner (1st prize was not awarded) in the All-Polish Chamber Music Competition in Łódź. She cooperated with outstanding singing pedagogues at the master's singing classes (Radziejowice, Szczawnica, Duszniki Zdrój, Łódź, Monaco). As a chamber music pianist she performs concerts with many artists in Poland, among others at the music festivals, session Musica Moderna, artistic-scientific sessions, and abroad (Latvia, Lithuania, Austria). She received twice (1997, 2006) her mother university Rector's award for artistic and didactic achievements and in 2003, she received Polish distinction Zasłużony Działacz Kultury ("Meritorious Cultural Activists") awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. She works in the Faculty of Chamber Music at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewiczowie University of Music in Łódź, where she conducts chamber class. Since 2007, she has the university degree of senior doctor lecturer in music arts.

Marcin Dominik Głuch – pianist, conductor, culture anthropologist and composer. At the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw he studied choir conducting in the class of Antoni Szaliński, piano chamber music in the class of Krystyna Makowska-Ławrynowicz and composing in the class of Romuald Twardowski. Since 1997, he was employed as a pianist in the Performing Arts School "Dansforum" in Göteborg in Switzerland, where he also worked in cooperation with the Scientific Festival, Film Festival, High School of Music. He also cooperated with the Polish Culture Institute in Stockholm, Rome and Prague, Swedish Protestant Church in Berlin, Nice, Paris and Palma de Majorca. In the artistic season 2006-2007 he was a guest pianist and choir master in the Music Theatre "Rampa" in Targówek district in Warsaw, where he was preparing the spectacle Brat Naszego Boga (en. Our God's Brother) with Z. Konieczny's music. Moreover, Marcin Dominik Głuch used to be the pianist in the Monte Carlo Ballet in Monako. He performs concerts in Poland and abroad.

Chopin2010.pl is the media patron of the event.

Admission is free.

Musical Thursdays at Kordegarda Chopin 2010

Come and enjoy Chopin’s masterpieces played by:

  • July 8, 6:30 p.m. – Wojciech Świętoński
  • July 15, 6:30 p.m. – Przemysław Lechowski
  • July 22, 6:30 p.m. – Michał Jacek Kozłowski
  • July 29, 6:30 p.m. – Aleksandra Soboń & Jan Stokłosa
  • August 5, 6:30 p.m. – Michał Pietrzak
  • August 12, 6:30 p.m. – Szczepan Kończal
  • August 19, 6:30 p.m. – Lena Ledoff
  • August 26, 6:30 p.m. – Zofia Antes
  • September 2, 6:30 p.m. – Joanna Maklakiewicz
  • September 9, 6:30 p.m. – Ai Kayukawa

Admission free.

 

A Concert from AI KAYUKAWA – September 9, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

The last concert in the Musical Thursdays series at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 will feature Japan’s pianist Ai Kaykawa.

The recital’s programme will include:

  • Ballade in A-flat major Op. 47
  • Nocturne in D-flat major Op. 27 No. 2
  • Waltzes Op. 64 No. 1 in D-flat major and C-sharp minor No. 2
  • Scherzo in C-sharp minor Op. 39
  • Mazurkas Op. 24 in G minor No. 1 and in C major No. 2
  • Ballade in F minor Op. 52

Ai Kayukawa was born in Gifu, Japan in 1984. In 2002 she completed with honours the music course at the Kano high school with Kazuo Nagano and Shozo Tsubota. In 2008 she graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she studied with Koichi Yamashiro, Minako Mitsui, Kikuko Ogura (fortepiano). She has further honed her piano skills and musical interpretation under  the late Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Boris Petrushansky (Imola Master Classes), Klaus Schilde and Vera Gornostaeva (Weimar Master Classes, summer of 2009). At present, she is a postgraduate student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, under the tutelage of Ewa Pobłocka. 

She received a scholarship for young promising pianists taking part in the Weimar Master Classes (2009).

Ai Kayukawa has won the following competition prizes: 1st prize in the 1998 Yamaha Piano Festival competition; 1st prize in the 2003 JPTA competition; 3rd prize (the 1st prize was not awarded ) in the 2007 Rosenstock Internatinal Piano Competition; 1st prize in the 14th Japan Mozart Music Competition in 2009; 1st prize in the 4th EUTERPE International Piano Competition in Italy in 2010. 

She has performed as a soloist and chamber music player in Japan, Italy, Germany and Poland.

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free.

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl.

A CONCERT FROM JOANNA MAKLAKIEWICZ – SEPTEMBER 2, 2010, 6:30 P.M.

Joanna Maklakiewicz will make an appearance this week at Kordegarda Chopin 2010’s Musical Thursday concert.

The recital will feature:

  • Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. posth.
  • Fantasie – Impromptu in C-sharp minor Op. 66 No. 4
  • Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 No. 1
  • Mazurkas Op. 6
  • Waltz in F major Op. 34 No. 3
  • Ballade in A-flat major Op. 47
  • Mazurkas Op. 67
  • Etude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12
  • Polonaise in A-flat major Op. 53

Joanna  Maklakiewicz was born into the renowned family of Polish artists. She completed the prestigious The Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, having studied piano under Professor Vladimir Bochkarev.  From 1991 to 1996 she studied piano under the direction of Andrzej Stefański and Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, as well as piano chamber music with Professor Krystyna Borucińska at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 1999, Ms Maklakiewicz completed the Postgraduate Course in Performing Contemporary Music in piano under Professor Szabolcs Esztényi. Already during her studies she received many awards and distinctions, such as those of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw, Poland’s Ministry of Art and Culture, or the mayor of Warsaw. After her graduation, she won the 1997 TIM International Piano Tournament in Turin in the piano duo category. In her endeavours Ms Maklakiewicz has been supported by Fundacja Kultury (Culture Foundation) and the Stefan Batory Foundation.

Currently, Ms Maklakiewicz is teaching piano chamber music, cooperating with Professor Krystyna Borucińska at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and is the head of the Piano Section at the Fryderyk Chopin Schools of Music in Warsaw. She has performed in numerous cities in Europe, the USA and Japan, and worked with many outstanding musicians, most of all her husband, Piotr Janowski. She has also made recordings for the radio and television, released three solo albums in Japan and made recordings of contemporary music with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. She also performed the Goldberg Variations for Waldemar Dziki’s film Salwarus and the Fuga Canonica from Bach’s Musikalisches Opfer for the film Drugi po Boy'u (Second after Boy) about Maciej Słomczyński. She also acted as music consultant to Andrzej Żuławski on the staging Stanisław Moniuszko’s opera Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor). She is a member of the European Society of Culture. 

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free.

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl.

Chopin Concert by Young Pianists from China August 20, 2010, 6.00 pm.

On Friday, August 20, 2010 in Kordegarda Chopin 2010, Chopin recital will be performed by young guest pianists from China. Audience in Warsaw will listen to performances by: Zhan Jiaming (11 years old), Liu Xinlai (11 years old), Han Wenfang (10 years old) and Aliun Jiang (17 years old). All artists come from professor Alexei Sokolov’s class, formal representative of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Tianjin Conservatory (China).

Concert programme:

Han Wenfang

Nocturne in F major op. 15 No. 1

Etude in C-sharp minor op. 10 No. 4

Liu Xinlai

Nocturne in B-flat minor op. 9 No. 1

Etude in C minor op. 25 No. 12

Zhang Jiaming

Nocturne in E-flat major op. 9 No. 2

Fantaisie-Impromptu C-sharp minor op. 66

Ailun Jiang
Ballade in A-flat major op. 47

Liu Xinlai

Waltz in A-flat major op. 64 No. 3

Variations in E major

Han Wenfang

Polonaise in E-flat minor op. 26 No. 2

Zhang Jiaming

Etude in G-flat major op. 10 No. 5

LENA LEDOFF'S CONCERT – AUGUST 19, 6:30 p.m.

On August 19th, 2010, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting a concert from pianist Lena Ledoff, who will play compositions by Chopin in both classical and jazz arrangements. The concert is held as part of the Musical Thursdays series. 

Lena Ledoff is a pianist and composer. Born in Saint Petersburg, she graduated from the piano department at the Academy of Music in Voronezh, where she had studied under Professor T. Gaponienko. In 1988 – 1994 she was accompanist and jazz lecturer at the Yanka Kupala University in Belarus.  Since 1994 she has been residing in Poland. Also in 1994 she claimed the Grand Prix of the International Modern Choreography Festival in Vitebsk for her music to Dimitri Kurakulov’s ballet.  In 2000 she set up the Lena Ledoff Trio, who has been performing in Poland and abroad ever since. Currently, Lena Ledoff  is focusing on her solo projects, mostly the Komeda – Chopin – Komeda programme.

Lena Ledoff has recorded 4 albums: “Wish” (reworkings of compositions by Chopin, Szymanowski and Piazzolli for jazz trio), “Pocałunek na mrozie” (reworkings of Russian film songs for jazz quartet and soloists), “Lena Ledoff solo” (jazz arrangements of F. Chopin’s compositions) and “Komeda – Chopin – Komeda”. Ms Ledoff has performed at numerous music festivals at home and abroad, including in Bratislava, Lviv, Berlin, Kharkiv, Gdańsk, Poznań, Olsztyn or Szczecin), and has worked with a range of Warsaw’s theatres, including Rozmaitości and Studio, to create the musical setting for their stage plays. In 2010 she was awarded an artistic fellowship from the Mayor of Warsaw.  

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free. 

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl. 

 

SZCZEPAN KOŃCZAL PLAYS CHOPIN – AUGUST 12, 6:30

On August 12th, Szczepan Kończał will give a Chopin concert at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 as part of the Musical Thursdays series.

The programme:

  • Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 No. 1
  • Fantasy in F minor Op. 49
  • 4 Mazurkas Op. 24 (G minor, C major, A-flat major, B-flat minor)
  • Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat major Op. 22

Szczepan Kończal graduated last year from the Józef Stompel Academy of Music in Katowice with the top result in his class and was awarded the Primus Inter Pares medal.

He may boast many successes at prestigious international piano competitions, including Tbilisi (3rd prize, 2009), Pretoria (6th prize, 2008), being the first Polish prize-winner in the history of either of the competitions, the Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon (5th prize and the special prize, 2007), Milan (1st prize and the special prize, 2010), Campillos (3rd  prize, 2009), the Grieg Competition in Oslo (2nd prize and two special prizes, 2008), Takasaki (2nd prize, 2001). Mr Kończal was also finalist of the 2006 Tallinn Competition and semi-finalist at the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He has been thrice prize-winner of the Polish National Chopin Competition. Preceding that, he had won a number of piano competitions for young pianists (Antonin, Zabrze, Siedlce, Poznań, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Stalowa Wola). 

Mr Kończał has performed with Sinfonia Varsovia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Gulbenkian, and cooperated with Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Swoboda, Michał Klauza, Andres Mustonen, Arjan Tien, or Peter Csaba.

He received six scholarships from Poland’s culture minister, has been beneficiary of the scholarship programme “Młoda Polska” [Young Poland], and won scholarships from Poland’s Prima Minister, The Kołłątaj Foundation, and the Polish Children’s Fund. 

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free. 

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl. 

 

Michał Pietrzak plays Chopin – August 5th, 6:30 p.m.

This week’s Musical Thursday concert at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 (on August 5th) will feature pianist Michał Pietrzak playing: 

  • Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major Op. 61
  • Etude in C-sharp minor Op. 25 No. 7
  • Etude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12 “Revolutionary"
  • Prelude in D-flat major “Raindrop” Op. 28 No. 15
  • Scherzo in B minor Op. 20
  • Ballade in F minor Op. 52

Michał Pietrzak was educated at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and L'École Normal de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. He studied with Paweł Kamiński, Professor Maja Nosowska, Professor Piotr Paleczny, Professor Jacques Lagarde and Professor Monique Mercier. In 1999-2004 he completed master classes run by Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, Ewa Pobłocka, Peter Eicher, Vladimir Krainev and John O'Conor.

Mr Pietrzak has achieved many successes at competitions and festivals, including the 1st prize at the 6th International Piano Competition “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” (Bydgoszcz, Poland 2004);  twice the 1st prize at Concorso Internazionale di Musica Pietro Argento (Italy) in 2006 as soloist and in 2009 performing in duo with singer Małgorzata Szymańska. Mr Pietrzak was also finalist of the 2nd International SEILER Piano Competition in Kitzingen, Germany (2001) and semifinalist at the 2001 International Piano Competition in San Sebastian, Spain. He gave solo performances at music festivals in Poland, Ukraine, Tunisia, France and Austria.  

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free. 

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl. 

 

ALEKSANDRA SOBOŃ AND JAN STOKŁOSA PLAY CHOPIN – July 29th, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

This week’s Musical Thursday concert on July 29th at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 will feature the duo of Aleksandra Soboń (piano) and Jan Stokłosa (cello). 

Aleksandra Soboń and Jan Stokłosa will play:

  • Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1
  • Mazurkas in G minor Op. 24 No. 1
  • Mazurka in C major Op. 24 No. 2
  • Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
  • Prelude in A minor Op. 28 No. 2
  • F. Chopin inspires F. Poulenc – Sonata in A major for cello and piano 

Aleksandra Soboń is a pianist and chamber music player educated at the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, Poland, where she studied piano with Professor Jerzy Romaniuk and Ramiro Sanjines, and piano chamber music with Professor Krystyna Borucińska and Joanna Maklakiewicz, which she completed with honours. Together with her trio, Ms Soboń has won the second prize at the 13th International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Kraków, Poland, and honourable mentions at the Mazovia Chopin Auditions. 

Ms Soboń’s greatest passion is piano chamber music. In 2005 she made a debut in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. She completed a number of master classes, studying with such prominent artists as Jan Krzysztof Broja, Edward Auer, or Anne Queffélec. She performed the world premiere of Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska’s Znaki Magiczne (Magic Signs). Ms Soboń is currently begining a postgraduate piano programme with Professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. 

Jan Stokłosa is a cellist and final year student at the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, where he studies cello with Piotr Hausenplas. Before going to university, he had completed 12 years of music education at the Karol Szymanowski School of Music in Warsaw, which he finished with a diploma in the cello under the direction of Professor Kazimierz Michalik. 

Mr Stokłosa has many times participated in the International Music Classes in Łańcut, Poland, and the Summer String Academies in Goch, Germany, where he worked with such professors as Claus Reichard or Andrzej Orkisz. He has also claimed a number of prizes, both as solo performer and as part of chamber ensembles, including first prize at the District Cello Competition in Warsaw (2000), a honourable mention at the Polish National Auditions of Chamber Ensembles in Łódź (2000), the third prize in the Polish National Auditions of Cello and Double Bass Students of Primary and Secondary Schools of Music in Łódź (2004), and the second prize in the 13th International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Kraków (2009) together with the Loco Trio. Since 2007, Mr Stokłosa has been member of the Fair Play quartet, which focuses on studio recording. The quartet has performed the music to Michał Kwieciński’s film Jutro pojdziemy do kina (Tomorrow we’ll go to the movies). In September 2008 Jan Stokłosa joined the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia.

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free. 

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl.


Michał Jacek Kozłowski plays Chopin – July 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting Michał Jacek Kozłowski’s Chopin concert on July 22nd, 2010. The event is part of the concert series Musical Thursdays at Kordegarda Chopin.

Michał Jacek Kozłowski (piano) will play:

  • Impromptu in G-flat major Op. 51
  • Waltz in C-sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2
  • Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise in E-flat major Op. 22
  • Lullaby in D-flat major Op. 57
  • Ballade in F minor Op. 52
  • Etude in C-sharp minor Op. 25 No. 7
  • Polonaise in A-flat major Op. 53 

Michał Jacek Kozłowski is studying the piano at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under Professor Piotr Paleczny. He has claimed a range of top prizes in different Polish and international competitions, such as the 9th Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition (Germany, 2009), Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (Poland, 2008), 5th Polish National Piano Competition “The Young Interpret Chopin” in Konin (Poland, 2008), 6th International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Narva (Estonia, 2006). In 2008 Mr Kozłowski qualified to the national heat of the Eurovision Young Musicians.

Mr Kozłowski has also furthered his skills participating in master classes by such renowned professors as Dang Thai Son, Andrzej Jasiński, Oleg Meisenberg, Matti Reakallio, Joaquin Soriano, Tamas Ungar, Olga Rusina, Irena Kutin, Anne Queffelec and others. His achievements have been honoured with scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the governor of Poland’s Pomerania province and the Mayor of the city of Gdańsk. During 2004–2008 he was also beneficiary of the Polish Children’s Fund scholarship programme.

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free. 

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl.

PRZEMYSŁAW LECHOWSKI PLAYS CHOPIN – JULY 15, 6:30 p.m.

On July 15th, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting a Chopin concert from Przemysław Lechowski. The recital is a part of the Music Thursdays concert series.  

  • Przemysław Lechowski (piano) will play:
  • Nocturne in B-flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
  • Mazurkas in G minor Op. 24 No. 1
  • Mazurka in C major Op. 24 No. 2
  • Etude in C minor Op. 25 No. 12
  • Mazurka in C-sharp minor Op. 6 No. 2
  • Mazurka in B minor Op. 33 No. 4
  • Mazurka in E minor Op. 17 No. 2
  • Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No. 4
  • Waltz in C-sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2
  • Nocturne H-major Op. 32 No. 1
  • Etude in E-flat minor Op. 10 No. 6
  • Nocturne in E major Op. 62 No. 2 

Przemysław Lechowski was educated at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, following which he completed a postgraduate piano programme at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.

His awards and distinctions include: Gold Medal in the Chopin category at the 13th Brest Piano Competition (Brest, France, 2008), First Prize in Concours Musical de France (Paris, France, 2006), Honourable Mention at the 5th International Karol Szymanowski Competition (Łódź, Poland, 2001), Second Prize in the Polish National I. J. Paderewski Competition (Wodziasław, Poland, 1995).

Mr Lechowski has been performing in Poland and France. In March 2009 he was the first Polish artist to perform at Paris’ new cultural centre Collège des Bernardins, opened on September 12th, 2008 by pope Benedict XVI. 

In 2010 he was among the organisers and performers of The Longest Birthday piano marathon in Warsaw.

Przemysław Lechowski also sits on juries of Polish and international piano competitions. In 2010 he was the deputy chairman of the First Siberian International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Tomsk, Russia, which he opened with his recital.

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free.

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl.

 

Musical Thursdays at Kordegarda Chopin 2010
– Wojciech Świętoński plays Chopin – July 8th

Each Thursday from July 8th to September 9th, at 6:30 p.m., Kordegarda Chopin 2010 presents Chopin concerts. The first to come is a recital from Wojciech Świętoński.

Wojciech Świętoński was educated at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy in Warsaw, where he studied the piano under Professor Bronisława Kawalla and piano chamber music under Professor Jerzy Marchwiński. He went on to further develop his knowledge and skills completing an artistic traineeship in piano chamber music with Professor Krystyna Borucińska. He claimed top awards at the international piano competitions in Kiev and Rome and gave performances in Lithuania, Ukraine and Italy, along with numerous Polish towns and cities. He worked together with such superb conductors as Monika Wolińska, Grzegorz Mielimąka, or Szymon Kawalla. Already in the third year of his studies, he joined the Polish Musicians Association (SPAM) and the Artists Association (STOART). During 2006–2008 he was holding a scholarship from the Lions Club Warszawa NIKE.

Mr Świętoński has cooperated with the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish radio Orchestra, the Polish National Opera and the Embassy of Finland to Poland. His concert opened Warsaw’s Schuman Parade, while the release of an album on which he cooperated concluded the celebrations of the Zbigniew Herbert Year. He was among the three Poles chosen to participate in Ivo  Pogorelic’s Piano Master Classes.

On July 8th, Wojciech Świętoński will play:

  • Nocturne in F-sharp major Op. 15 No. 2,
  • Etudes in A minor Op. 10 No. 2 and C major Op. 10 No. 7,
  • 4 Mazurkas Op. 17: in B-flat major Vivo e risoluto, in E minor Lento ma non troppo, in A-flat major Legato assai and in A minor Lento ma non troppo,
  • Grande Valse Brilante in F major Op. 34 No. 3,
  • Scherzo in B-flat minor No. 2 Op. 31 .

Musical Thursdays is a series of open Chopin concerts taking place each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in Warsaw. The programme featured is very diverse, including mazurkas and etudes, scherzos and preludes and, least but not least, polonaises, offering each and every listener an excellent opportunity to relish the richness of Chopin’s music. The series is running for the whole summer (July 8th – September 9th, 2010). The admission is free.

The project is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 in collaboration with the Smolna Street Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). The project’s media partner is www.chopin2010.pl.

 

NOCTURNES. IWO ZANIEWSKI AND PIANISTS

From June 11th to 13th, 2010, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is presenting Iwo Zaniewski’s painting “Nokturn” (Nocturne) drawing inspiration from the atmospheric music of Fryderyk Chopin.

Znaniewski’s paintings are representative pieces adopting a special approach to composition. Any change to the formal arrangement would break down the structural coherency and unbalance the composition. The key to the paintings’ reception are their visual attributes.

Every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the time the painting is exhibited you may listen to Polish and foreign pianist play Chopin at Kordegarda. Each of the concerts features nocturnes – the project’s central theme.

Concerts

June 11th

3 p.m. – Katarzyna Hajduk (Poland)
4 p.m. – Yasuhiro Natsume (Japan)
5 p.m. – Aleksandra Soboń (Poland)
7 p.m. – Rihwa Cho (Japan)

June 12th

3 p.m. – Anna Hajduk (Poland)
4 p.m. – Piotr Podemski (Poland)
5 p.m. – Yasuhiro Natsume (Japan)
6 p.m. – Krzysztof Moskalewicz (Poland)
7 p.m. – PAWEŁ WAKARECY (Poland)
Poland’s representative at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw

June 13th

3 p.m. – Yuka Susono (Japan)
4 p.m. – Su Yeon Son (Korea)
5 p.m. – Przemysław Lechowski (Poland)
6 p.m. – Joanna Maklakiewicz (Poland)
7 p.m. – MICHAŁ JACEK KOZŁOWSKI (Poland)

Iwo Zaniewski is a painter, photographer, screen writer and film director. He is artistic director with advertising agency Przybora. Zaniewski. Ltd. (PZL). In 1976 – 1981 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Up until mid-1980s, the main focus of his work was painting, then he also embraced advertising and photography. His exhibitions and awards received include: The Grand Prix of the Joan Miro Foundation  – Barcelona 1984, Art Basel – Basel 1985, SARP Gallery – Warsaw 1989, Inny Świat Gallery – Kraków 1990, National Museum in Kraków, Czartoryski Museum (individual retrospective under the auspices of Poland’s Culture Minister) – Kraków 2005, National Geographic Photography Competition ( 1st Prize) – Warsaw 2005, Today Art Museum – Beijing 2008, International Art Fair Shanghai – 2008, Wison Art Center – Shanghai 2008, Levant Gallery – Shanghai 2008, Sunshine Museum Beijing – Beijing 2008, CANART– Institute of Contemporary Art – Shanghai 2008. 

The project NOCTURNES. IWO ZNIEWSKI AND PIANISTS is held in collaboration with the advertising agency PZL and the Smolna Street Residents’ Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Ulicy Smolnej). 

Download a detailed programme (in Polish)