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3rd September, 12.00, 3.00 PM Michał Szymanowski 3rd September, 12.00, 3.00 PM Michał Szymanowski

Michał Szymanowski

He graduated with honours from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he studied piano with Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and symphonic-operatic conducting under Zygmunt Rychert. He honed his skills with Eldar Nebolsin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. At present he continues his piano education as a doctoral student and at the same time works as an assistant lecturer at his alma mater and at the Academy  of Music in Łódź. Michał has won top awards in a number of national and international piano competitions, including the MozARTè International Piano Competition in Aachen (2016), the International Chopin Piano Competition in Daegu, Korea (2015), the Zarębski International Music Competition in Warsaw (2012), the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Competition in Katowice (2011), the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2010), the International Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev (2007), and the Polish National Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw (2008, 2015). In 2015 he was the highest placed quarter-finalist in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Michał has given performances in Poland and other European countries (including Germany, England, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Switzerland) as well as on other continents (in the United States, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela). He has also performed numerous philharmonic halls throughout the world as well as major festivals in Poland and abroad, among them Oficina de Música de Curitiba, Festival Internacional de piano Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Festival Europeo de Solistas in Caracas, Festival Pianistico di Roma, the Long Lake Festival in Lugano, and the "Chopin and His Europe" Festival in Warsaw, where he brilliantly performed piano concertos by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Józef Wieniawski. Michał has performed under such eminent conductors as Alfredo Rugeles, Medardo Caisabanda, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Marek Pijarowski and Michał Dworzyński with, among others, the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Cláudio Santoro National Theatre in Brasilia, the Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław and Szczecin Philharmonic orchestras, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra. Apart from solo repertoire, Michał also frequently performs chamber music.

Piano recital

Programme:

Fryderyk Chopin [1810-1849]

Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31

Etudes, Op. 25

    No. 1 in A flat major

    No. 2 in F minor

    No. 3 in F major

Mazurkas, Op. 17

    No. 1 in B flat major

    No. 2 in E minor

    No. 3 in A flat major

    No. 4 in A minor

Ballade in F minor, Op. 52

Waltz in A flat major, Op. 34 No. 1

Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53