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Krzysztof Książek

Krzysztof Książek

Krzysztof Książek

*1992 Kraków

Born in 1992. He reached the third round of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, winning two hors concours prizes. He trained with Stefan Wojtas, first at music school in Cracow and then at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He is now pursuing post-graduate studies with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover. He has won many prizes in Polish and international competitions, including the Grand Prix and a special prize in the Lviv International Chopin Competition (2010), Second Prize and the special prize for the best performance of a work by Paderewski in the American Paderewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles (2013), First Prize and a special prize in the All-Poland Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2013), Third Prize in the Concours International de Piano de l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc (Rabat and Casablanca, 2016) and First Prize in the 4th International ‘Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam’ Piano Competition (Poznań, 2017). He has performed in Japan, South Africa, the US and many countries of Europe, including at ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in Warsaw and the Duszniki-Zdrój Festival. He has been awarded grants by the Polish government, the ‘Pro Musica Bona’ Foundation and the ‘Young Poland’ programme. In 2014, he received a Krystian Zimerman Scholarship. He trained in the art of chamber music with Kaya and Justyna Danczowska and Sławomir Cierpik, and he performs in a piano duet with his wife, Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek. 2016 saw the release of a CD featuring Chopin’s Concerto in E minor, which he performed with the Santander Orchestra and Jose Maria Florêncio. Last autumn, his solo Chopin recital disc was released. On 18 March this year, he was the first pianist to play on the Buchholtz piano reconstructed by Paul McNulty to a commission from the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the concert ‘Chopin’s Warsaw Piano’ at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. Książek is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.


 

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