*13 IV 1971 Katowice
Magdalena Lisak – winner 6th prize XIII Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (1995) – was born into a family with a long musical tradition. She began learning to play the piano in 1978, under the guidance of her mother Bożena Dymek. She was later a student of Marta Deszberg's at Music School (primary) in Gliwice (1979-1980), then of Anna Dzianowicz's at the General Music School (primary) in Katowice (1980-1983) as well as Irena Kryszczukajtis' at the Karol Szymanowski State Music Lycee in Katowice – where she received her diploma with distinction in 1989.
In 1994 she completed with distinction her piano studies under the guidance of Prof. Andrzej Jasiński at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice. In the same year, after reaching the semi finals of the Geza Anda Competition in Zurych and receiving a private scholarship, she pursued post-graduate studies with Homoero Francesch in Zurich (Musikhochschule, 1994-96). One of the most important experiences during her education has been a class with Krystian Zimerman in Musik-Akademie der Stadt in Basel, which she attended during her studies between 1996 and 1998. She has taken master's classes with Wiktor Mierżanow (Duszniki 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993), Leon Fleisher (Como 1998, Verbier 2000) as well as member of the string quartet Amadeus (Meinz, 1990).
She won scholarships from the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warszawa as well as the Regina Smendzianka Foundation in Warszawa (1989-1995). She is thr winner of the 2nd award (first prize was not awarded) and winner of the best performance of Szymanowski's works at the III International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Łódź (1992) and winner of the 6th award at the Chopin Competition in Warszawa (1995). She has participated in the Internationaler Schubert-Wettbewerb in Dortmund (semi-finalist and special prize, 2001).
She gave her first public concert at the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice in 1983. She has performed in Switzerland (at the Stadt-Casino in Basil among other places), in Slovakia, Italy, Belarus, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, France, the Czech Republic (at the Rudolfinum in Prague among others), the USA, Canada, Japan (at the Hitomi Memorial Hall in Tokyo among others), in Taiwan and Poland (Philharmonics, university halls, music society venues and others).
She has participated in Chopin festivals (Duszniki, Nohant, Marianbaad, Miami, Warszawa, Antonin), Festival of Polish Piano in Słupsk as well as contemporary music festivals (Silesian Days of Contemporary Music Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris in Katowice, Pianissimo in Sofia) and others.
Her regular repertoire includes Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Ravel, Bartók, Szymanowski, Debussy, Boulez, Ligeti, Bogusław Schaeffer, as well as Polish women composers (Maria Szymanowska, Tekla Bądarzewska, Jadwiga Sarnecka, Halina Krzyżanowska and Helena Łopuska). In 2000 she has performed for G. Ligeti his own Etudes and her interpretation has been very highly appreciated by the composer himself.
The pianist has made recordings for radio and television stations in Poland, Switzerland and Germany. She has recorded Chopin’s work for the Dux record label (1996). In 2003, she began teaching at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice as a reader in Prof. Andrzej Jasiński’s class and since 2008 she is lecturer there.
Magdalena Lisak is president of the Silesian Music Society in Katowice.