ADAM GOŹDZIEWSKI – PIANIST
Adam Mikołaj Goździewski was born on 5th of December, 1996 in Łódź, Poland. He started learning the piano at the age of six under the care of prof. Anna Grzegorkiewicz – Ciesielska. Currently he is gratuated from Bachelor Studies at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw where he studied with Professor Joanna Ławrynowicz and Krystyna Makowska- Ławrynowicz.
He has won a number of prizes at piano competitions in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Macedonia and Estonia i.a Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (3rd Prize in 2017), Ohrid Pearls Piano Competition (Grand Prix in 2014), International Chopin Competition in Narva (Grand Prix and 3 special prizes, 2014). He is also a laureate of 51. Piano Festival in Słupsk, Poland.
Adam Goździewski has performed in many concert halls in Poland and abroad: Dusseldorf, Geneve, Gifu, Hamamatsu (Japan), Milan, Moscow, Oslo, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Tallinn, Tirana (Albania). He appeared at important piano festivals: i.a Duszniki-Zdrój and Antonin Chopin Festivals, Chopin Festival in der Kartause in Gaming (Austria), Chopin au Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris (France), Wesseller Klaviersommer (Germany), as well he gave recitals at Chopin Monument in Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw, the House of Fryderyk Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, Poland.
He is broadening his musical experience with harpsichord, historical piano, and regularly works with different chamber music structures.
Adam Mikołaj Goździewski has been many times awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland for his outstanding music achievements.
ALEKSANDRA ŚWIGUT – PIANIST
Pianist, a graduate and teacher of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, a prize-winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw (2018). She studied with Piotr Paleczny at the FCUM, Wojciech Świtała and Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska at Katowice Music Academy and David Dolan at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She holds a doctorate from Gdańsk Music Academy, where she studied with Waldemar Wojtal. She gained experience on fortepiano under the guidance of Katarzyna Drogosz. She also has a diploma from the harpsichord class of Małgorzata Sarbak. She has won many prizes in piano competitions, including in Ettlingen, Enschede and New Orleans and at the Polish Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
She has appeared at festivals in Nohant, Paris and Duszniki-Zdrój, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival and ‘Chopin and his Europe’. She has participated in masterclass courses, including at Hamamatsu, La Châtre, Royaumount Abbey (on a Royaumount Foundation scholarship), Leipzig, Radziejowice, Duszniki-Zdrój and Warsaw. She has worked with such outstanding musicians and teachers as Robert Levin, Malcolm Bilson, Arie Vardi, Anna Malikova, Soo-Jung Shin, Alexei Lubimov, Tobias Koch, Andreas Staier, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Ives Henry, Krzysztof Jabłoński and Mariola Cieniawa.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Aukso Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras of Łódź, Lublin, Zielona Góra and Podlasie, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. She also performs as a chamber musician. Together with cellist Marcin Zdunik, she has recorded a disc of works by Robert Schumann, released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the ‘Debuts: Young Talents’ series (2014).
Last year, she gave a Chopin recital at the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival. She is a former grant-holder of the Polish National Children’s Fund (2003–2010), which currently supports her pedagogic work. She has received multiple grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Foundation and the German Jutting Foundation. Aleksandra Świgut is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.
KRZYSZTOF KSIĄŻEK – PIANIST
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’ Festival in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdrój Chopin Festival, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter 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.
Szymon Nehring is one of the most gifted and promising pianists of the younger generation in Poland. He is the only Pole to win the First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, one of the most important piano competitions in the world.
In 2017-2019 he was a student in the class of Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music (the Artist Diploma program). At the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz he studied in the class of Stefan Wojtas, with whom he worked since 2013. Before that, he studied piano in the class of Olga Łazarska at the
Mieczysław Karłowicz Primary Music School in Kraków and at the Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Kraków for 11 years.
In 2014 he won First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam International Competition in Bydgoszcz. In 2015 he received a Krystian Zimerman scholarship and performed in the finals of the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition to win an Honourable Mention, the Audience Prize as well as a number of extra prizes. In 2017 he won the First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv as well as several extra prizes, including the Best Performance of a Chopin Piece Prize.
His debut CD with music by Polish composers received the Fryderyk Award 2016 from the Polish Phonographic Academy (in the category Album of the Year – Solo Recital), the Joker from Crescendo magazine, and the Supersonic Award from Pizzicato magazine. The year 2016 saw the release of the artist’s two albums: Chopin’s Piano Concertos with the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał and Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Concerto “Resurrection” under the composer’s baton. The artist’s latest recording includes Chopin’s works performed on a period instrument (Erard 1858).
Szymon Nehring has given concerts in Asia, both Americas and in most European countries.
He has performed with orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, collaborating with conductors including Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Grzegorz Nowak, Pablo Heras-Casado, Karina Canellakis, Giancarlo Guerrero, Omer Meir Wellber, John Axelrod, Lawrence Foster, David Zinman and Krzysztof Penderecki.
The artist performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, Konzerthaus Berlin, Copenhagen’s DR Koncerthuset, Vienna’s Musikverein, and Munich’s Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater.
In 2019 he was invited to join the Programme of the Orpheum Foundation, as part of which he performed with Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman. In 2020 he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonic.
Szymon Nehring is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.
Born on 9 June 1995. A student of Zbigniew Raubo at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, he has won prizes in numerous competitions for young pianists, including the ‘Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam’, and also in the Polish Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2013). He has performed in concert with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra (Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jan Wincenty Hawel), the Polish Radio Orchestra (Marek Moś) and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Aleksander Humala). He has given recitals at the Duszniki-Zdrój Festival, the Chopin Museum in Warsaw (‘Young Talents’), Żelazowa Wola, St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk.
Paweł Wojciechowski – currently he is a student of the fourth grade of the General Secondary Music School of Zenon Brzewski in Warsaw, in the piano class of prof. Joanna Ławrynowicz- Just.
He is a laureate of many international and national piano competitions, including: 1st place and the Audience Award at the 7th International Piano Competition Vera Lotar-Shevchenko in Yekaterinburg, Grand Prix at the 15th Piano Competition Halina Czerny-Stefańska and Ludwik Stefański in Płock, 1st place at the “Hua Biao International Piano Open Competition in Poland” in Warsaw, 1st place and a special award for the greatest talent in the “Special Promising Talent” competition at the International Competition Pianistyczny im. Krogulski in Tarnów, 1st place, EMCY special award and special award for the best performance of a J. S. Bach piece at the International Chopin Competition in Narva.
He participated in masterclasses conducted by: Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just, Kevin Kenner, Vladimir Sloboda, Wojciech Świtała, Petras Geniusas, Carlo Grante, Kiryl Keduk, Bogdan Czapiewski, Paweł Zawadzki, Elżbieta Stefańska and Lubow Nawrocka.
He has performed with orchestras such as: the Kaunas Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic, the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic or the Kaliningrad Philharmonic. He is a two-time scholarship holder of the President of the City of Olsztyn, a scholarship holder of the Director of the Center for Artistic Education, a Rotary Club scholarship holder, a three-time scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and a scholarship holder of the “Young Poland” program. It is also under the care of the National Children’s Fund and the European Association of Music Competitions for Young People.