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.

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