The artist gave concerts in most European countries, namely in Argentina, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, the USA and Canada. He appeared with the majority of symphonic orchestras in Poland including the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Cracow Philharmonic and the Silesian Philharmonic. The artist performed under the baton of Agnieszka Duczmal, Jan Krenz, Tadeusz Strugała, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Krzysztof Missona, Jerzy Katlewicz, Mirosław Błaszczyk and Tomasz Bugaj. Apart from being a soloist the pianist enjoys performing chamber music with Szymon Krzeszowiec, the Silesian Quartet, the Camerata Quartet, the Royal Quartet and the Aukso Orchestra.
Wojciech Świtała made numerous recordings featuring Liszt, Schumann and Chopin music, including scherzos, waltzes and roundels. Over the years 2000-2005 he was awarded twice the Grand Prix du Disque Fryderyk Chopin and in 2002 he was honored with the Fryderyk 2002 award. In 2003 the pianist recorded both books of Debussy's preludes, published by BeAr Ton, and - prepared in collaboration with Szymon Krzeszowiec - J. Brahms’ violin sonatas for SONY Music Polska. In 2006 his record featuring Zarębski’s works, made in Super Audio CD technology, was released. It was prepared in collaboration with the Quartet Royal.
In 2007 the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute released his album featuring Chopin’s preludes op.28 (recorded on the Pleyel piano from 1848) and Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise op. 22, (recorded on the Erarda piano from 1849).
Last year the DUX Company released a record made with Piotr Pławner featuring Szymanowski’s compositions for violin and piano, which was honored with the Fryderyk award 2009.
Since 1998 the pianist has been dedicated to teaching. He assumed the rank of Professor at the Piano Faculty in the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice. Since October 2008 he has been appointed vice-president of this institution.
Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition. Ogawa’s ‘ravishingly poetic playing’(Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist.
Ogawa appears with all the major UK, European, Japanese and US orchestras. With her wonderful dynamic range and colour palate, Ogawa’s particular affinities range from the works of Takemitsu, through the larger Romantic composers such as Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, to contemporary concerti commissioned from Graham Fitkin and Dai Fujikura. Amongst the leading conductors she has worked with are Dutoit, Vanska, Vonk, Lazarev, de Roo, Brabbins, Pesek, Slatkin, Fischer, Herbig, Otaka, Rozhdestvensky and Tortelier.
Ogawa is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician. In February 2008, Ogawa made her recital debut at Suntory Hall, Japan for her 20th anniversary concert. Notable chamber projects include a tour of Japan with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble and the leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, Rainer Honeck. In 2001 Ogawa and Kathryn Stott launched their piano duo and have since toured in Japan and given premieres of Graham Fitkin’s double piano concerto Circuit, including the world premiere at Bridgewater Hall. Ogawa has also collaborated with Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Roscoe, Michael Collins and Peter Donohoe.
An advocate of commissioning, Ogawa has been involved in numerous premieres. Ogawa has toured in Japan with Evelyn Glennie, premiering an exciting new commission for two pianos and percussion by Yoshihiro Kanno. In February 2009, Ogawa performed the premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Ampere for piano and toy piano, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. Ogawa’s current ongoing commission is a ground-breaking series of four recital pieces from Kanno which feature the piano alongside various traditional Japanese instruments or sounds; the first for Nambu bell and piano Hikari no Ryushi (A Particle of Light) will be followed by Mizu no Ryushi (A Particle of Water) for metal chopsticks and piano.
Since 1997, Noriko Ogawa has been an exclusive recording artist for BIS Records. In addition to her Gramophone Editor’s Choice award winning complete Debussy series (shortly to be completed with the Fantasie for piano and orchestra), her recordings for the label include Toru Takemitsu Riverrun (also Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice) and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (BBC Music Magazine Critics’ Choice). Ogawa’s discography also includes Rachmaninov, Tcherepnin, Saint-Saens, Grieg, Delius and Graham Fitkin’s double concerto Circuitwith duo partner Kathryn Stott.
Alongside performing and recording, Ogawa is sought after for presenting both on the radio and on television, recently appearing on BBC Worldwide in ‘Visionaries’ as an advocate for Takemitsu and in programmes for NHK and Nippon Television. As an adjudicator, Ogawa regularly judges the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Honens International Piano Competition and the Scottish International Piano Competition. In Japan, Ogawa acts as artistic advisor to the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall (www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp) in her hometown. In 1999, the Japanese Ministry of Education awarded Ogawa their Art Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cultural profile of Japan throughout the world and she has also been awarded the Okura Prize for her outstanding contribution to music in Japan. As a writer, Ogawa has completed her first book (published in Japan) and is a regular columnist for the music press both in the UK and in Japan.
Mikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Ilia Klyachko, Boris Zemliansky, Yakob Milstein, Lev Oborin (piano) and Leonid Roizman (organ). As student of the famous Lev Oborin, the winner of the First Chopin Competition in 1927, Voskresensky adopted his teacher's refined romanticism and perfect taste in harmony with the piano's splendid sound. The images evoked by his playing suggest contrasting musical colors, never out of harmony, and a charming legato inducing the instrument to sing. 'His playing fascinates audiences with its artistry, cordiality and ingeniousness. Mikhail Voskresensky is a very talented and intelligent musician', wrote Oborin about his pupil. Mikhail Voskresensky is Prize-winner of the Schumann International Competition in Berlin, the International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, the George Enescu International Competition in Bucarest and the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth.
In 1957 the young pianist took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano concerto with the presence of Shostakovich himself. In 1966 he was honored with the Merited Artist of Russia award and in 1989 the People's Artist of Russia.
Mikhail Voskresensky's concert geography is very large. He performed with more than 150 conductors in almost all countries of Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, USA, Mexico and Peru. He had wonderful critics in international festivals in Tours, Colmar and Aix-en-Provence: “Voskresensky is not only an outstanding virtuoso, he lives in music and plunges into its depths…” Semaines Musicales, Tours. During his New York debut his performance of Liszt Sonata and 5-th Scriabin sonata was highly estimated. His colleagues in chamber music were Borodin quartet, Shostakovich quartet, Tokyo quartet in New York, violinists M.Yashvili (all violin sonatas of Beethoven in 2004-05 season), R.Nodel and P.Berman, cellists E.Altman and A.Kniazev. Voskresensky's large repertoire includes all Beethoven sonatas, all works of Chopin, 64 piano concertos with orchestra, played with John Pritchard, Franz Konwitschny, Kurt Mazur, Stanislav Scrowachewsky, Eugeny Svetlanov, Charles Dutoit etc.
He recorded more than 50 CD's.
Mikhail Voskresensky is a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. His pupils have won 111 international prizes including 49 gold medals. Between them Stanislav Igolinsky, Amir Tebenihin, Temirzhan Erzhanov, Yakov Kasman, Alexander Ghindin, Sergej Koudriakov, Sergei Kuznezov, Evelina Vorontsova, Elena Kuznetsova, Mikhail Yanovitsky, Kooryeong Park, Oleg Marshev and Yury Favorin etc … In 2001-04 prof. Voskresensky taught in Toho Gakuen University in Tokyo where his pupils had won 12 different prizes including Akiko Yamamoto's triumph at Schumann International competition in Zwickau in 2004. As a competition jurist Mikhail Voskresensky was in Sydney, London, Leeds, Geneva, Hamamatsu, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and many others. He was a jury member of the last Tchaikovsky Competition and constantly is the chairman of Scriabin International Competition in Moscow.
Not so long ago he played the first concerto by Shostakovich in Beijing and the first concerto by Tchaikovsky in Shanghai under the button of Charles Dutoit. In the fall of 2007 during the celebration of the 100 anniversary of his teacher Lev Oborin, Voskresensky played in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory the Forth Concerto by Beethoven under the button of Vladimir Ashkenazi and The Second concerto by Brahms with Leonid Nikolaev.
Bernd Goetzke was born in Hanover, Germany in 1951. At the age of 13 he was already accepted as a student at the Hanover University of Music and Drama, where he studied Piano with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kammerling until obtaining his Concert Soloist's Diploma in 1975. Another important phase in his pianistic development was his long association (1969 to 1977) with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who regarded him as his last pupil. He also participated in Beethoven courses given by Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau. Bernd Goetzke was awarded prizes in several international competitions (Paris, Milan, Athens, Brussels, amongst others). Already at the age of 25 he was appointed Lecturer at the Hanover University of Music and Drama and became professor in 1982; there he teaches a class of young pianists from all over the world, as well as being Head of the Concert Soloist Programme. In addition he holds numerous Master Classes in Germany and abroad. He is also involved in the training of soloists and the development of young talents outside of the University environment: as jury member of many international competitions, for example, or as Artistic Advisor of the festival "Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium" and as Chair of a society supporting young artists. As of last year he is Director of a newly-founded Institute for highly-gifted children. This Institute, conceived by him, is attached to the Hanover University of Music and Drama and the only one of its kind in Germany. In recent years his concert repertoire has focused on works of the twentieth century, reflecting his fascination with the stylistic richness and diversity of the period between Late Romanticism and Avantgarde. In the realm of chamber music one could mention the German premiere of Bartok's Piano Quintet, Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time", Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire", Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, or also the two Rhapsodies by Gershwin or Skryabin's "Prometheus". Bernd Goetzke has also published several articles on subject-related matters ("Freedom in Interpretation", "Pedal Technique", "Bach's Melodic Characteristics", "Articulation and Phrasing in Classical Music", etc.).
The teacher of Rafał Blechacz, 1st Prize Winner of the 15th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw. Polish pianist of Bulgarian origin. Graduated with honours from the State High School of Music (Academy of Music) in Gdansk, in prof. Zbigniew Sliwinski's class, in 1973. Completed her postgraduate studies in Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, in prof. Alexander Jenner's class. Participant of master classes run by Susanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin and Georgy Sebok.
Prizewinner of the Polish competitions: 4th Polish Festival of Young Musicians; 2nd Polish Competition of Piano Music. Entered semi-finals of 9th International Chopin Competition, Warsaw, 1974 (won 4th award); Piano Competition in Terni, Italy, 1975 and ARD Piano Competition in Munich in 1978. She gives performances both in Poland and other countries. She is a professor of piano at the Academy of Music in Gdansk and in Bydgoszcz. She has been also teaching several talented high school students.
Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń co-operates with the Centre of Artistic Education in Warsaw. She has been a jury member during several Polish and foreign competitions. Her students have been prizewinners of the various piano competitions in Poland and abroad. She teaches in English and German.
Alexander Braginsky was born and educated in Moscow. He received his first piano lessons from his mother, a well-known concert pianist. At the age of six he began study with Alexander Goldenweiser, a close friend of Leo Tolstoy and a classmate of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. It was through Goldenweiser, with whom he spent 12 years as his youngest student, that Braginsky came into contact with the great 19th-century Romantic tradition. After Goldenweiser death, he continued to study with Theodore Gutman, another illustrious representative of the "Golden Age" of Russian piano school.
Braginsky's repertoire extends from Baroque to avant-garde. He performed over twenty world premieres, most of which were works commissioned and written for him, including music by Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen and Paul Fetler's Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Braginsky performed extensively in the former USSR, Israel, England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, the People's Republic of China, Spain, France, Cuba and the United States. He appeared on stage in collaboration with Yefim Bronfman, Oleg Kagan and other renowned artists. The London Times characterized Braginsky's playing as "splendid" and the Chicago Sun-Times called him "... a pianist with a fine, commanding sound that he can also use with great delicacy and expression."
Braginsky has recorded for DDF, Sound StarTone and d'Note labels. He has appeared repeatedly on BBC, National Public Radio, RTB-BRT and other radio stations throughout the world.
Braginsky and his wife, cellist Tanya Remenikova were the first artists-in-residence appointed by Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1981.He has given numerous masterclasses in Europe, Asia and North America. He taught and performed at the International Music Summer Course in Vienna, Austria since 1995. While in Vienna in 2003, Braginsky was awarded the Josef Dichler Gold Medal for outstanding achievements.
Currently Braginsky teaches at the University of Minnesota School of Music where he is Professor of Piano. He is also the Director of the International Piano Institute at Hamline University in Saint Paul. Many of his students have won national and international competitions.
Braginsky frequently judges International and National Piano Competitions. He is the Artistic Director of the Musicians in Debut International (MIDI) as well as the Founding President and the Artistic Director of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition.
Peter Frankl made his name on the international circuit as a young pianist in the 1960s. Following his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1967, he has been performing with many orchestras in the USA (Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh etc), the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, all London orchestras and many others in Europe and all parts of the world. He has appeared with conductors like Abbado, Ashkenazy, Barbirolli, Blomstedt, Boulez, Chailly, Davis, Doráti, Fischer, Haitink, Kempe, Kertész, Leinsdorf, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Sanderling, Solti, Szell, among others.
His many tours have taken him often to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, playing with orchestras, in recitals and also in chamber music concerts. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Kuhmo, Naantali and Casals Festivals. Among the highlights of his many Edinburgh Festival appearances were his performance of the Britten Concerto under the baton of the composer and an opening televised concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Muti. He was the soloist at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at one of the last concerts Yehudi Menuhin ever conducted.
In the USA, Peter Frankl has been regular guest–artist at summer festivals in Aspen, Chautauqua, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia, Santa Fé and Yellow Barn. For many years the Frankl-Pauk-Kirshbaum trio travelled the world. He often performs with string quartets like the Amadeus, Bartók, Borodin, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Lindsay, Panocha, Takács, Tokyo and Vermeer. He has given master classes all over the world, including the Royal Academy and Royal College in London, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Van Cliburn Institute in Texas, in Berlin, Madrid, Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul. Among his many recordings are the complete Schumann and Debussy piano works (with Andras Schiff the Schumann 2-piano and 4-hand repertoire); both Brahms’ Concerti, Violin Sonatas - with Kyung Wha Chung -; Mozart Concerti, Violin Sonatas and 4-hand works -with Tamas Vasary -; Bartok solo works and violin pieces; Piano Quintets of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, Martinu and Dohnanyi.
Peter Frankl studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with Professors Hernádi, Kodály and Weiner and won first prizes at several international competitions. He lives in London and is on the faculty of Yale University School of Music. In recognition of his artistic achievements he was awarded the Officer’s Cross and Middle Cross by the Hungarian Republic. He is Honorary Professor of the Liszt Academy.
&lt;p class="western"&gt;&lt;strong class="western"&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: small"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;The Chairman of the Jury &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western"&gt;&lt;strong class="western"&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: small"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Artistic Director of the IX International Paderewski piano Competition&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"&gt;Piotr Paleczny is one of the most eminent Polish pianists. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw in the class of Professor Jan Ekier. It seems that the possibility to maintain artistic contacts with Artur Rubinstein and Witold Lutosławski has played a significant role in molding his artistic personality.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" align="justify"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;The success he attained at the 8th International Chopin Competition was the gateway to numerous, prestigious concert stages worldwide. The fact of winning the 3rd award, along with Garrick Ohlsson and Mitsuko Uchida, special award for best polonaise performance and the Witold Małcużyński award, gave impetus to his career that the artist has been developing to this day, performing &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;concerts on all the continents. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" align="justify"&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Piotr Paleczny was appearing as a soloist with such internationally renowned orchestras as the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Royal Philharmonic&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt; BBC &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Symphony Orchestra,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt; the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester from Zürich, RAI &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;National Symphony &lt;/span&gt;&lt;em&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Orchestra&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;&lt;b&gt;,&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt; the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, or the Orquesta Nacional de España.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" align="justify"&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Piotr Paleczny has been appearing in famous concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, the Avery Fisher Hall, the Alice Tully Hall, the Hall of the General Assembly of the United Nations in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="es-ES"&gt;New York&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="color: #000000"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="es-ES"&gt;Berliner Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="es-ES" align="justify"&gt;The pianist was invited to conduct classes in Newy Jork, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Bordeaux, Paris, Freiburg, Amsterdam, Hamamatsu, Montevideo, Toronto, Copenhagen, Mexico city, Lugano and Warsaw.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="es-ES" align="justify"&gt;Piotr Paleczny has gained renown as a juror at well-established international piano competitions in Warsaw, Leeds, Paris, London, Cleveland, Toronto, Seul, Moscow, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Santander, Tokyo, Kitzingen, Casablanca, Prague, Hamamatsu, Sendai, Geneva, Taipei, Shenzhen, Weimar, Manchester, Los Angeles, Hilton Haed and Takamatsu.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"&gt;In June 2007 he was presiding over the workings of the famous Cleveland Piano Competition Jury, distinguishing himself as the first Pole invited to fulfill the function of the President of the Jury during piano competitions organized in the US.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" align="justify"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;On November 5, 2001 in the National Philharmonic Piotr Paleczny was a soloist during the Gala Concert staged to celebrate the 100&lt;/span&gt;&lt;sup&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;th&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/sup&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt; anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"&gt;The recording - "The best of Chopin" – made with the Prima Vista quartet for the DUX Company has been awarded by the Polish Phonographic Academy with "Frederic 1999" prize and in December 2002 this CD achieved the status of the "Platinum Disc”.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"&gt;Since 1993 the pianist has acted as Artistic Director of the oldest–standing music festival worldwide – the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój. Piotr Paleczny has also acted as Artistic Director of the I. J. Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz and the member of the Program Council of the National Frederic Chopin Institute.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"&gt;In 1998 the President of the Republic of Poland bestowed on him professorship.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" align="justify"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Piotr Paleczny tutors piano class at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. It took no more than a decade of educational effort and the students working under Piotr Paleczny have been awarded over 20 prizes and honorable mentions at international and national piano competitions. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"&gt;In January 2010 - Piotr Paleczny inaugurated the Year of Chopin with a special concert held in the Polish Sejm.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p class="western" align="justify"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;In recognition of his outstanding achievements Professor Piotr Paleczny has been honored with many decorations such as the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: xx-small"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: medium"&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt;Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span lang="en-US"&gt; and the Mexican Medal “Aguila Azteca”. In September 2005 the artist was decorated with a Gold Medal “Deserved for Culture – Gloria Artis”. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
Born in South Korea, Choong-Mo Kang has performed to critical acclaim with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korea's leading orchestras. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Opera House in Sydney, and throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In 2003 Mr. Kang performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Russia's revered pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva. He aspires to master and perform Johann Sebastian Bach's entire works for the keyboard.
A graduate of Seoul National University, he received his master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and his Artist's Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. While pursuing his DMA at Peabody, he was appointed as a member of the Peabody piano faculty.
Mr. Kang's recordings include Bach "Goldberg Variations", Inventions and Sinfonias, and The Well-Tempered Clavier. The great pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher praised Mr. Kang's Goldberg Variations as "A quite spectacular performance. A notable addition to the Goldberg discography."
Mr. Kang is a teacher at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul and his students have been prizewinners in prominent competitions, such as Queen Elisabeth, Van Cliburn, Dublin, Epinal, Hamamatsu, Leeds, Long-Thibaud, Maria Canals, Shanghai and many more.
Mr. Kang has given master classes throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He has been an artistic director of the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Leipzig and a faculty member of the Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan. Mr. Kang has served on the jury of prestigious international competitions, which include Cleveland, Warsaw, Dublin, Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney.
Born in Vienna in 1940. He studied at the Viennese Academy of Music and Performing Arts (now University of Music and Performing Arts) with Richard Hauser.
Prizes at International Piano Competitions (Salzburg, Geneva, Vienna).
He started his career as a concert pianist at the age of 20. Tours through Europe, the Near ande Middle East and the USA. Recitals and piano concertos (Vienna Symphony, London Symphony, RSO Berlin, RSO Vienna, Belgrad, Ljubljana etc.). Radio recordings. TV appearances.
Since 1968 , he is pianist of the "Haydn Trio Wien". Concerts with this ensemble in North- and South America, Africa, Europe and the Far East. Recordings (LPs, CDs) of the Haydn Trio Wien with Teldec, Warner Apex, Arabesque N.Y. and Musica Wien.
He accompanied several well-known singers like Edith Mathis, Peter Schreier, Kurt Equiluz a.o. in numerous Liedrecitals. For many years he was piano duo partner of Hans Petermandl.
Other musical activities: jury member in international and national Piano and Chamber Music Competitions (Bremen, Köln, München, Dublin, Seoul, Sydney, Graz, Wien). Masterclasses (solo and chamber music) in Europe, Australia and in the USA.
Since 1975, he has been teaching young concert pianists at the Keyboard Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Professor emeritus since 2008.
Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. I. J. Paderewskiego jest organizowany w ramach projektu pt. "Kujawsko-Pomorskie Menu Kulturalne 2013-2014" współfinansowanego ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego na lata 2007-2013 oraz ze środków budżetu Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego.