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4th June 12.00 PM, 3.00 PM Marek Bracha 4th June 12.00 PM, 3.00 PM Marek Bracha

Marek Bracha

A graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he worked under the guidance of Teresa Manasterska, Joanna Ławrynowicz and Alicja Paleta-Bugaj. He also completed with distinction his Masters of Music course at the Royal College of Music in London, in the class of Kevin Kenner, and post-graduate studies in piano with Vanessa Latarche and in historical instruments with Geoffrey Govier. He has numerous recordings to his name, as well as prizes and distinctions in national and international piano competitions, including Second Prize (first prize not awarded) in the International Chopin Competition in Mariánské Láznĕ (Czech Republic) in 2010, and in that same year he was one of four Polish pianists to make the second round of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has performed in concert in Poland and abroad, including in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Austria, France, Italy, Albania, Libya, the USA, Russia, Venezuela, Japan, China, Mongolia and Ukraine. The pianist has taken part in many music festivals, including the 65th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, the 44th Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, La Folle Journée Chopin Open in Warsaw and Chopin au Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. In 2000, he represented Poland in the EXPO 2000 world exhibition in Hanover, giving Chopin recitals, then in 2005 he played at the EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan. In December 2010, he gave a recital at the National Center for Performing Arts (National Opera) in Beijing, during a gala concert concluding the Chopin Year celebrations in China. In the years 2004-2005, Bracha was supported by the Polish National Children's Fund. He has also been awarded grants by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (1997 and 2005), the President of the Council of Ministers (2003), St Marylebone Educational Foundation in London and the ‘O lepsze jutro' foundation. In 2010, he won the Pro Polonia foundation prize and in 2011 was selected for the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage's ‘Young Poland' scholarship programme. In 2011, thanks to a scholarship funded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London, he won a place on the prestigious Junior Fellowship programme at the Royal College of Music in London, involving research work into performance technique on historical instruments and also lectures and lessons with students. Marek Bracha is represented and recommended by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.

 

Piano recital

Programme:

Fryderyk Chopin [1810-1849]

  • 3 Ecossaises
  • Fantasy-Impromptu, [Op. 66]
  • Mazurkas, Op. 17
  • Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
  • Walce op. 34
  • Polonaise in A major, Op. 40 No. 1