Jury of 9th Competition

 Jury of the IX International Paderewski Piano Competition, Bydgoszcz, Poland

November 3rd – 17th, 2013

Agustin Anievas

USA

<address class="western">An American pianist, specializing in the works of Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff.</address><address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">Born in New York City of Spanish and Mexican descent, pianist. He began his piano studis before he was four years old, and appeared in his first recital before his fifth birthday. As a twelwe years old he gave a major recital at the </span></span></span><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en">Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, and at 18 made his New York debut with the Little Orchestra Society.</span></span></span></address><address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium">As a student of Eduard Steuermann and Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in 1958. He was the winner of many competitions, including the Michaels Memorial Award, and the Concert Artists Guild in NY, which offered him a New York debut recital in 1958.</span></span></address><address class="western"> </address>
<p lang="en" align="justify">As the grand prize winner in the first Dimitri International Mitropoulos Competition for Pianists in 1961, he began his international career, playing in the cultural centers of Europe, South Americaa and Asia, in recital and with orchestras including London Philharmonic, New Philharmonia, BBC, the German radio orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mexico Symphony, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Brussels Philharmonic. EMI maintains a catalog of Anievas's performances and releases on their Forte Label.</p>
<p lang="en" align="justify">Anievas recognized for his effortless style and virtuoso panache, yet his warm sound and sensitive musicality is always at the service of composer.</p>
<p align="justify"><span lang="en">During his career, as a Chairman of the Piano Department and Professor of Music at Brooklyn College's Conservatory of Music, he works to increase young musicians’ and students’ appreciation of the great classical piano music literature, and to create better audiences for this music in our time. Now, in addition to his duties on the board of the National Chopin Foundation and Competition In Miami, Florida, he participates as jury member in piano competition word wide. This season’s performance have takes him to Asia, performing recitals and working in masterclasses at the Bejing Piano Festivsal.</span></p>

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Agustin Anievas

Agustin Anievas

USA

Piotr Paleczny

Poland

<p class="western"><strong class="western"><span style="color: #000000"><span style="font-size: small"><span lang="en-US">The Chairman of the Jury </span></span></span></strong></p>
<p class="western"><strong class="western"><span style="color: #000000"><span style="font-size: small"><span lang="en-US">Artistic Director of the IX International Paderewski piano Competition</span></span></span></strong></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">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.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">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 </span><span lang="en-US">concerts on all the continents. </span></p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">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 </span></span><span lang="en-US">Royal Philharmonic</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US"> BBC </span></span><span lang="en-US">Symphony Orchestra,</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US"> the </span></span><span lang="en-US">Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester from Zürich, RAI </span><span lang="en-US">National Symphony </span><em><span lang="en-US">Orchestra</span></em><span lang="en-US"><b>,</b></span><span lang="en-US"> the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, or the Orquesta Nacional de España.</span></p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">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 </span></span><span lang="es-ES">New York</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the </span></span><span lang="es-ES">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. </span></p>
<p class="western" lang="es-ES" align="justify">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.</p>
<p class="western" lang="es-ES" align="justify">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.</p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">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.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">On November 5, 2001 in the National Philharmonic Piotr Paleczny was a soloist during the Gala Concert staged to celebrate the 100</span><sup><span lang="en-US">th</span></sup><span lang="en-US"> anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic.</span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">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”.</p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">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.</p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">In 1998 the President of the Republic of Poland bestowed on him professorship.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">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. </span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">In January 2010 - Piotr Paleczny inaugurated the Year of Chopin with a special concert held in the Polish Sejm.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">In recognition of his outstanding achievements Professor Piotr Paleczny has been honored with many decorations such as the </span><span style="font-size: xx-small"><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta</span></span></span><span lang="en-US"> and the Mexican Medal “Aguila Azteca”. In September 2005 the artist was decorated with a Gold Medal “Deserved for Culture – Gloria Artis”. </span></p>

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Piotr Paleczny

Piotr Paleczny

Poland

Lech Dudzik

Poland

<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Born on October 10th,1949 in Bydgoszcz. Following the graduation from the High School of Music in Bydgoszcz - piano class of Professor Zygmunta Morska, he commenced studies at the Higher State School of Music (now the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw at the Department of Sound Engineering and completed studies in 1975 in phonographic class of Professor Antoni Karużas. Since 1975 the artist has been constantly cooperating with the Polish Radio producing hundreds of archival recordings, concert, opera, festivals and music competitions recordings transmitted to the countries associated in the European Broadcasting Union. In 1991 Lech Dudzik started collaborating on a regular basis with Gabriela Blicharz and since they have created a team acting in unison at every stage of recording process. </span></span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Following his studies the artist has been working actively for numerous recording companies.
Lech Dudzik ranks among the most eminent specialist in his field. His artistic sensitivity coupled with high standards of sound quality and expressive interpretation of music he records have met with acclaim of most eminent musicians.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"> <span lang="en-US">
</span></span><span style="color: #000000">Prizes and Honorable Mentions:</span></p>

<ul>
<li>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">International Rostrum of Composers at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris,</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">High Fidelity Magazine – Critics’ Choice,</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" lang="de-DE" align="justify">Preis der Deutsches Schallplatten Kritik,</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Grand Prix du Disques Academie Charles Croix,</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" align="justify">Diapason d'Or,</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" align="justify">Le Monde de la Musique/telerama - Disque du Choc,</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">The Prize of the Year of the monthly Studio (all-Polish professional magazine for musician and recording producers),</p>
</li>
<li>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Złoty Mikrofon (the Golden Microphone)- the Prize of the Polish Radio</p>
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</ul>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Archival and phonographic recordings accompanied by artists and ensembles including:</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Fou Ts'ong, Piotr Paleczny, Dang Thai Son, Nelson Goerner, Janusz Olejniczak, Wojciach Świtała, Adam Harasiewicz, Howard Shelley, Piotr Anderszewski, Yehudi Menuhin, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Semkow, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Ricardo Mutti, Augustin Dumay, Łukasz Borowicz, </span></span><span lang="en-US">Lucy van Dael</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">, Mischa Maisky, Wieland Kuijken, Leo Nucci, Ewa Podleś, Piotr Beczała, Mariusz Kwiecień, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ewa Pobłocka, Kaja Danczowska, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Midori Goto, Ingrid Jacoby, Alexander Lonquich, Aleksiej Lubimow, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Simon Standage, Ivan Monighetti, Władysław Kłosiewicz, Bob van Asperen,  Andrzej Bauer, Philippe Herreweghe, </span></span><span lang="en-US">Frans Bruggen</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">, Fabio Biondi ,Giovanni Antonini, Grzegorz Nowak, Jan Krenz, Kazimierz Kord, Wojciech Michniewski, Antoni Wit, Wojciech Rajski, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Jerzy Katlewicz, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Kwartet Śląski, Il Tempo, </span></span><span lang="en-US">Concerto </span><span lang="en">Köln</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">, </span></span><span lang="en-US">Maria Joao Pires</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">, Antonio Meneses, Nelson Freire, Camerata Silesia, Plish National radio Symphony Orchestra, Orkiestra Kameralna Polskiego Radia „Amadeus", Polska Orkiestra Radiowa, National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Europea, London Players, Orchestra Filharmonica de la Scala</span></span><span lang="en-US">, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des</span><span lang="en"> Champs-Élysées</span><span lang="en-US">, </span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Pro Cantione Antiqua, Tallis Scholars, </span></span><span lang="en-US">La Petite Bande, Polish Orchestra of the 18</span><sup><span lang="en-US">th</span></sup><span lang="en-US"> century, </span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Il Giardino Armonico, Beaux Arts Trio, Kronos Quartet, Schoenberg Ensemble, Orchestre de Toulouse, Belcea Quartet, Capella Amsterdam.</span></span></p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">
</span></span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Premiere recordings: </span></span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Mikołaj Gomółka, Bartłomiej Pękiel, Nicolaus Radomiensis, Adam Jarzębski, Franciszek Lessel, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Ignacy Jan Paderewski ,Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Paweł Szymański, Paweł Mykietyn, Marta Ptaszyńska, Wojciech Kilar and Giacinto Scelsi.</p>
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<address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium">Recording for the following record labels:</span></span></address><address class="western"><span style="color: #000000"><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">Polskie Radio, Decca, EMI, Virgin Classic, RCA Victor, Accord, Olimpia, Aperto, Claves, Pavana, CPO, Wergo, Victor JVC Japan, Pony Canyon, Etcetera, Pickwick, Conifer Records, BMG, CD Accord, Sony, Opus 111, Harmonia Mundi, Chandos, </span></span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222"><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">Hänssler</span></span></span></span></em><span style="color: #000000"><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">, ECM, Glossa, Internacional Classical Artists and many other.</span></span></span></span></address>

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Lech Dudzik

Lech Dudzik

Poland

Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Austria

<address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium">Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation.</span></span></address><address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">
He won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover (Germany), performing a piano concerto by Mozart. Mr. Jiracek has since performed extensively throughout Europe, including recitals at the Herkulessaal Munich, Philharmonie Berlin, Steinway Hall London, Salle Cortot Paris, Palau de la musica Barcelona, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Musikhalle Hamburg and the Gewandhaus Leipzig, as well as orchestral appearances with the Berlin and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia of England.</span></span></span></address><address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium">
A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), Jan Jiracek von Arnim was of the winners of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA). Following his success at the Cliburn Competition, he was invited to join the roster of Community Concerts, resulting in more than 80 performances throughout the United States. Recent engagements included recitals at the Tilles Center at Long Island University, the University of Vermont Lane Series, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. He also performed with the Washington Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Riverside Symphony at the Lincoln Center in New York and with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall. Jan Jiracek von Arnim has been featured on several European radio and television stations, including ZDF, SFB Berlin, Deutschlandradio, Radio Hilversum, Radio Stockholm, and Radio France, and on NDR as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra.</span></span></address><address class="western"><span><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">
A graduate of the UdK Berlin, he studied with Hans Leygraf and has performed in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel and Bruno Leonardo Gelber, among others. Jan Jiracek von Arnim gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia and Europe. He was appointed professor for piano at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in 2001, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of that school. Mr. Jiracek von Arnim is frequently invited as a judge at international piano competitions, e.g. the "London International Piano Competition" and the "Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for young musicians".</span></span></span></address>

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Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Austria

Emanuel Krasowsky

Israel

Professor of piano and chamber music, chairman of the piano department, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. Formerly deputy director of the School. Co-founder (1991), artisitic director and faculty member, the annual Tel-Hai Intenational Piano Master Classes in Israel.

Born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Studied at the conservatory there, the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University (with Mindru Katz), and the Juilliard School in New York (with Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti, and Ania Dorfmann), where earned B. Mus., M. Mus., and DMA degrees. Also worked with Aube Tzerko at Aspen Festival.

Among his prizes, the Gina Bachauer memorial award, first prize at New York Piano Teachers' Congress international competition, International Bach Society, and others. Appeared as soloist with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Rizzi, Sidney Harth, and other conductors as well as with all the other orchestras in the country. Was heard in recital in the framework of Israel Festival, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Weill Recital Hall in New York, and in many European cities. In celebration of Schubert's birth bicentennial, performed the composer's last three sonatas in Tel Aviv as well as in Denmark, Germany, Finland, and Hungary to enthusiastic reviews.

Has appeared in chamber-music recitals in Israel, Europe, USA, and the Far East with violinist Isaac Stern, cellists Natalia Gutman and Yehuda Hanani, soprano Ileana Cotrubas, flutist Istvan Matuz, among others; performs regularly with violinist Vera Vaidman. Among the international chamber-music festivals he took part in: Kfar Blum Festival in Israel, Esbjerg Festival in Denmark, Gotland and "Sommarmusik pa Naset" chamber music festivals in Sweden, St. Cyprien Festival in France, Dino Ciani festival in Italy,and others.

Was co-founder and director of the semi-annual chamber-music festival in Zichron Yaacov, Israel.

Has taught and conducted master classes at Conservatoire Superieur National in Paris, The Juilliard School and Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Helsinki, Canberra, USA, etc. His masterclass at the Yamaha Center in New York - in the framework of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (20 July, 2011) - was broadcast in live stream on the Internet.

Served on the juries of numerous international competitions: Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv; Leeds; Esther Honens in Calgary, Canada; AXA Dublin; Maj Lind in Helsinki, Finland; Tbilisi, Georgia; Bremen; in USA: Oberlin; Boesendorfer/Schimmel; the AMSA World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (in 2000, as jury chairman); the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, New York; the New York Piano Teachers' Congress competition; Jose Iturbi in Valencia, Spain; Vladimir Horowitz competition and Mykola Lysenko competition in Kiev etc. the Senigallia, Pinerolo (Italy), Canberra (Australia), and others. A number of his students have won prizes in international contests and are pursuing illustrious performing and teaching careers the world over.

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Emanuel Krasowsky

Emanuel Krasowsky

Israel

Hiroko Nakamura

Japan

Recognized as a prodigy from age 3, Hiroko Nakamura has performed in more than 3700 concerts worldwide, has made about 50 recordings, and is the award-winning author of five books. She has made innumerable appearances with major orchestras under the direction of such renowned conductors as James Levine, Kiril Kondrasin, Rafael Fruebech, Evgeny Svetlanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Jean Fournet.

In recent years, she has devoted her time to nurturing and introducing young pianists widely in Japan and abroad. She was the Chairperson of Hamamatsu International Piano Competition for 15 years from 1994, and has served on the juries of many international competitions such as Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Long-Thibaut, Van Cliburn, Leeds, Dublin, Busoni, Sydney, Paloma O’shea, Beijing, and Shanghai. She has been recognized with many international awards including a decoration from the government of Japan and Poland and has recently received the Gold Medal for Merits to Culture Gloria Artis.

She continues to enjoy a distinguished career of performing, recording, coaching and judging. In 2009/2010 season she celebrated 50th anniversary of her debut, and toured all 47 prefectures around Japan in the season having more than 100 recitals and concerts with major orchestras. In February 2012 Ms. Nakamura played with The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra for their Japan tour with Antoni Wit and Michal Dworzynski, and got great acclaim.

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Hiroko Nakamura

Hiroko Nakamura

Japan

Einar Steen-Nökleberg

Norway

Competition in 1972, the Norwegian Critics' Prize for Best Performance
in 1975 (for the interpretation in Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Bergen Festival), the Norwegian Recording of the Year in 1976 for a recital of Norwegian Baroque Composers, the Lindeman Prize ("Performer of the Year") 1984, the Grieg Prize in 1985 (Bergen) and 1992 (Oslo). He is a Knight of the St. Olav Order, appointed by the King of Norway for his activities for Norwegian music in general.

From 1975 to 1981 Einar Steen-Nøkleberg was Professor of Piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, an appointment which made him Germany's youngest professor. 1994 he returned to the Hochschule für Musik and taught there until 2012.

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg's international career has included repeated solo recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, Hamburg and Copenhagen. He toured the U.S.A. and the former Soviet Union several times. Concerto appearances include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel, the China Philharmonic, Beijing, the Yumiori Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK in Tokyo and the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras in Norway. His recording of the Grieg Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was chosen by the BBC Saturday Review as the best version of this much-recorded concerto.

Einar Steen-Nokleberg is a pianist who is an expert interpreter of the piano music of Edvard Grieg.

His recently released monumental recording of all Grieg's piano music, a 14 CD set, for Naxos Records is recieving international acclaim. He is currently publishing H. Kjerulf piano works (3 CD's) on Simax, and H. Saeverud piano works (5 CD's) on  Naxos. He also written an authoritative book on the subject of interpreting Grieg’s music.

He is jury member of several piano competitions worldwide and gives masterclasses in Austria and Swtzerland

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Einar Steen-Nökleberg

Einar Steen-Nökleberg

Norway

Wojciech Świtała

Poland

Wojciech Świtała graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice with Professor Józef Stompel. From 1991 to 1996 he was tutored by Professors - Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, André Dumortier and J. C. Vanden-Eynden. He is the laureate of international competitions in Bardolino (Italy, 1st prize), the M. Long and J. Thibaud Competition in Paris (2nd Grand Prix, audience award, award for best European artist) and the Piano Competition in Montreal. During the 12th Fryderyk Chopin International Competition Świtała was awarded a prize for best polonaise performance as well as numerous additional prizes.

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.

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Wojciech Świtała

Wojciech Świtała

Poland

Mariusz Klimsiak

Poland

<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify"><span style="font-size: small">The Secretary of the Jury</span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Mariusz Klimsiak has been the laureate of the 3rd Competition of the 20th Century Music in Warsaw, the Festival for Young Musicians in Gdańsk and the 3rd all-Polish F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz under Professor Jerzy Sulikowski. Mariusz Klimsiak has also furthered his education at courses supervised by Ewa Pobłocka, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Naum Starkmann, Aleksjej Orłowiecki and Viera Nossina. In 2009 he was awarded the title of Doctor of Musical Arts.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">The artist made his debut at the age of 15. As a soloist and chamber musician he played with the National Philharmonic, the Wrocław Philharmonic, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic and the Lublin Philharmonic. The artist participated in </span><span lang="en-US"><i>Łańcuch IV</i></span><span lang="en-US"> (the Chain Festival) in Warsaw, the Forum Musicum Festival in Wrocław, the Lutosławski Forum Festival in Warsaw, the Festival of Polish Pianism in Słupsk, the International Bach Festival in Świdnica as well as in artistic events in Italy (Florence), Spain (Alicante) and the USA (Seattle, San Francisco). The artist toured Germany with the Lower Silesian Philharmonic under Jerzy Swoboda. He performed with Mariusz Patyra and the Silesian String Quartet.</span></p>
<p lang="en-US" align="justify">His stylistically diverse repertoire features both baroque pieces and contemporary compositions. The artist performed concertos ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Brahms to the 20th century classics (including Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3, Prokofiev’s Concerto No.3 as well as Stravinsky’s, Shostakovich’s and Lutosławski’s concertos). Besides performing crucial piano compositions, his solo repertoire includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C minor op. 111, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, Chopin’s Sonata in B minor, Brahms’ Sonata in F minor as well as infrequently performed compositions, such as Hindemith’s Sonata No. 3 or Berg’s Sonata.</p>
<p align="justify"><span lang="en-US">Mariusz Klimsiak performs chamber music with gusto. Playing in duet with violin the artist presented, among other, all Beethoven’s sonatas (also as a whole staged in a cycle of three concerts), collection of Brahms’ sonatas, Schubert’s Fantasie in C major, sonatas of Mozart, Schumman, Debussy, Franck, Szymanowski, Shostakovich’s as well as Lutosławski’s compositions. Artist’s performance with cello feature Beethoven’s and Brahms’ sonatas as well as Rachmaninov’s sonata in G minor. Additionally, Mariusz Klimsiak appeared in a piano duet playing Brahms’ Sonata in F minor op. 34b and 2</span><sup><span lang="en-US">nd</span></sup><span lang="en-US"> Suite as well as the Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov. With a soprano Kamila Kułakowska he performed a world premiere of Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables for voice and piano (arranged by Eugeniusz Knapik) in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in the Polish Radio. More compelling compositions in the repertoire include </span><span lang="en-US">Schönberg’</span><span lang="en-US">s Pierrot lunaire and among compositions for larger chamber ensembles their mention deserve quintets of Zarębski, Shostakovich, Bacewicz as well as Chausson’s Concerto in D major (for piano, violin and string quartet) or Michał Dobrzyński’s Continuum (for two pianos and two percussion sets). Mariusz Klimsiak also performed Chopin’s concertos with a string quartet and played on historical instruments.</span><b> </b></p>
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<p lang="en-US" align="justify">The artist worked as the assistant with Professor J. Sulikowski, Professor E. Pobłocka and Pofessor J. Godziszewski at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Nowadays he holds the position of lecturer at his Alma Mater.</p>

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Mariusz Klimsiak

Mariusz Klimsiak

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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.