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Ewa Kupiec

Ewa Kupiec

Ewa Kupiec

*2 XI 1964 Duszniki-Zdrój

"Kupiec plays with a rare mixture of spirit, a faultless technique, a complete understanding of musical texture and an ability to shape music with transparency and an impressive richness of colours. Her playing is brilliant but never obtrusive, full of atmosphere and subtly virtuosic." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ewa Kupiec studied in Katowice, the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She presently resides in Munich, Germany.

In Europe, Ewa Kupiec regularly performs with the major orchestras, which in recent seasons have included Orchestre de Paris, Het Residentie Orkest den Haag, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic. In 2005-06 she gave her debuts both at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the International Piano Series in London Southbank Centre.

Ewa Kupiec is recognised as one of Europe's most dedicated interpreters of contemporary music. Her performance in 2004 of Schnittke's First Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra was the first performance of this work since 1964. This successful collaboration immediately led to a further invitation to record all of Schnittke's works for piano and orchestra (including the concerto for four hands) which was released on Phoenix in summer 2008. Her endeavour to bring attention to lesser known works of Polish composers has resulted in recordings of Paderewski, Szymanowski, Szpilman and Lutosławski, as well as the complete works for solo piano and for violin and piano duo of Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969). 2004, Sony Classical published a CD with works for piano and orchestra by Polish composer Wladislaw Szpilman which she recorded together with the Berlin Radio Symphony. Her acclaimed recording of Janáček's solo works was published 2007 on Haenssler.

Renowned Polish maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, an admirer of Kupiec's pianism, has initiated and supported an exceptionally fruitful musical collaboration between the two, and as such they have performed all over the world and recorded together. Other conductors with whom she has worked include Metzmacher, Alsop, Altrichter, Blomstedt, Boreyko, Brabbins, Janowski, Lintu, Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Sinaisky, Varga, and Wolff. Ewa Kupiec regularly performs with chamber music partners such as the Petersen Quartett, Jan Vogler, Jörg Widmann and Isabelle Faust. Apart from the standard works, her repertoire includes compositions by Lutosławski, Paderewski, Szymanowski, Clara Schumann, Szpilman, Ravel, de Falla, and Debussy.

In season 2008-09, Ewa Kupiec will return to Australia to play solo performances as well as orchestra recitals. Furthermore she will perform with the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Royal Danish Orchestra. This season will take her to solo recitals in several German venues such as Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, the Elmau castle, Dresden, and the Rheingau Musik Festival, to name a few.


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