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Krzysztof Książek

Krzysztof Książek

Krzysztof Książek

*1992 Kraków

Krzysztof Książek, born in 1992 in Kraków, was a semi-finalist and recipient of two special prizes at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He began his musical education at the age of nine in the piano class of Grażyna Hesko-Kołodzińska at the Stanisław Wiechowicz State Primary School of Music in Kraków. From 2005 to 2016, he studied with Professor Stefan Wojtas, first as a student of the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary School of Music in Kraków, subsequently at the Academy of Music in Kraków (bachelor's degree), and finally at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, from which he graduated in 2016.

He is currently continuing his studies with Professor Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

Książek has won some of the most prestigious prizes in Polish and international competitions, including: 1st Prize at the 10th Ludwig Stefański and Halina Czerny-Stefańska Piano Competition, the Grand Prix, a special prize for the best performance of Chopin's works, and an award from the Japanese group of sponsors Kigoukai, in the form of a concert in Japan (Płock 2008); 1st Prize, the Grand Prix, and a special prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Lviv (Ukraine 2010); 2nd Prize and a special prize for the performance of a Paderewski piece at the 2nd American Paderewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles (US, 2013); a special prize for the best Pole qualifying for the semi-finals or finals of the competition at the 9th International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2013); 1st Prize and a special prize at the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2013); 2nd Prize at the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2015); and 3rd Prize at the Concours International de Piano de l'Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc (Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco 2016).

The artist performed at the 67th and 69th International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, the 18th Silesia International Festival of Young Winners of Music Competitions in Katowice, and the 2nd Premia Festival of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź. He has also performed in Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, the US, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Hungary. He holds scholarships from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Pro Musica Bona Foundation, and the Young Poland programme. In 2005-11, he was supported by the Polish Children's Fund. In March 2014, he received a Krystian Zimerman scholarship.

Książek's interests also include chamber music, which he has studied under the tutelage of Professor Kaja Danczowska, Justyna Danczowska, and Sławomir Cierpik. He performs in a piano duo with his wife Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Ksiażek.

In November 2016 a CD was released with Fryderyk Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 performed by Krzysztof Książek with the Santander Orchestra under the baton of José Maria Florêncio. In the autumn of 2017, Krzysztof Książek's solo album of Fryderyk Chopin's works will be released.

Krzysztof Książek is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.


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