Jury

JAN GAZDZICKI – Chairman of the Jury

Dr Jan Gazdzicki – pianist, composer, piano educator.
His interests as a musician reach beyond the traditional activities of a pianist: he has gained experience as a conductor and premiered his own compositions in 2015. Within the scope of his dissertation, he has also conducted musicological research.

Jan Gazdzicki is also the inventor of the innovative app TunyStones™ and the CEO of the Swiss MusicLab.

Jan Gazdzicki has been a music educator at the Akademie für Musik Basel, Switzerland, since August 2016.
He performed in numerous European countries: as a soloist he played together with the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg as well as the Capella Villa Duria.
The pianist took part in several broadcasting productions since 1996 and Ars Musici published his audio recording with pieces of J.S. Bach and A. Honegger.
Jan Gazdzicki is a prizewinner of several international piano competitions, as the 1st prize at the Willy Bissing Competition in Hanau, 3rd prize in Palma de Mallorca; special awards of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for the best interpretation of contemporary music.

 

ARNOLD GNIWEK – Artistic Director

Arnold Gniwek is a Polish pianist highly regarded for his exuberant and youthful interpretations, exceptional attention to details and nuances as well as for captivating sound. He gives concerts across Poland, the USA, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Ukraine and Italy.

Arnold Gniwek is the president of the Elena Aleksiejuk Foundation, the main organizer of the Piano Competition Online.

He cooperated with such revered conductors as Krzysztof Penderecki, Massimiliano Caldi, Szymon Kawalla.
He draws his incessant inspiration from a large circle of musicians and friends of many passions who in a considerable way helped to mould the artist’s character.

Among his many successes in Polish and international competitions we can name:
1st prize in the International Music Competition in Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy
1st prize at the 15th International Piano Festival in Nałęczów, Poland
Laureate of „Estrada Młodych” in the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk
3rd prize in the 11th International Piano Competition Eugenia Verdet in Barcelona

 

DARIA ZURAWLOWA

Polish pianist of Russian origin whose interpretations are characterized by her artistic maturity, expressiveness, and extremely personal, lucid message.

Daria Żurawlowa is the Founder and the vice president of the Elena Aleksiejuk Fundation.

In 2014 she recorded her first album, where she juxtaposes pieces of two compositors – Rachmaninoff and Chopin, the foremost representatives of the both countries that are dear to her.
In May 2013 she made her debut in Oriol Martorell Hall in L’Auditori of Barcelona. Also she gives concerts across Europe. She performed among others in Montserrat Caballe Hall, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Mozart Hall of the Palma de Mallorca Auditórium, Victoria Eugenia Theatre in San Sebastian and in the chamber hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Daria Żurawlowa is a laureate of more than 40 piano competitions, inter alia:
1st prize in the International Piano Competition Eugenia Verdet in Barcelona, Spain
2nd prize in the International Piano Competition Joventuts Musicals in Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain
2nd prize in the International Piano Competition in Druskininkai, Lithuania
1st prize and two special awards (for the best interpretation of Chopin’s polonaise and waltz ) in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.

 

MALGORZATA FUDALA

Pianist and chamber musician, founder of the Wroclaw Suzuki Academy. Ms Fudala has always been passionate piano pedagogue and, in order to summarize her extensive teaching experience, has undertaken a brave educational enterprise, setting up the Wroclaw Suzuki Academy. Their yearly summer course links early music education to Polish history, musical culture and exquisite scenery. This intensively growing event has already been one of the most long-expected summer musical course in Poland. She is also known from her merits to the talented local youth – she arranges scholarships to the most talented musical students.

Malgorzata Fudala graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the piano class of Prof. Magdalena Lisak. Afterwards he had finished the postgraduate chamber music studies under Prof. Maria Szwajgier-Kulakowska in her Alma Mater.

 

MARCIN MOGILA

Dr Marcin Mogila is a pianist known from his excellent piano skills and a clear-cut musical personality. Apart from classical and Chopin works, Marcin Mogila’s repertoire also comprises of less frequently played yet highly difficult pieces like paraphrases of Leopold Godowski, Andrzej Schulz-Evler and Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus of Olivier Messiaen. He is a chairman of the Jan Kiepura Association and an organiser of the Jan Kiepura Vocal Competition and Jan Kiepura Master Vocal Training Courses in Sosnowiec. 

Graduated summa cum laude from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under Prof. Andrzej Jasiński, then completed his PhD studies in the class of Prof. Zbigniew Raubo. Currently Marcin Mogila teaches at his Alma Mater. 

He is a winner of the Festival of Polish Academies of Music in Warsaw and the Young Stage in Słupsk. He got the 3rd prize at the polish National Chopin Piano Competition in 2010. Mogila is also passionate about vocal and chamber music – he cooperates with renowned Polish musicians with whom he was awarded numerous prizes.

 

WOJCIECH WALECZEK

Wojciech Waleczek PhD, DSc, Prof. of the Silesian University in Katowice is recognized internationally as a pianist with uncompromisingly high standards in performance. Artist, born in 1980, has been pursuing a robust concert career playing as soloist with symphonic orchestras, solo piano recitals and chamber music concerts in the 27 countries of Europe as well as in Kazakhstan, Jordan, Tunesia, Palestina, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Guyana, Suriname, Canada and the USA.

He has appeared as a soloist with the orchestras of the following philharmonics: Kalisz, Karlovy Vary, Kielce, Koszalin, Lublin, Łódź, Opole, Pomeranian, Rzeszów, Toruń, Szczecin, Wałbrzych, Wrocław, Zabrze, Sinfonia Iuventus, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, Capella Bydgostiensis, Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Cracow, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Kaposvar Symphony Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova, Amman Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Academic Theatre in Briest, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theatre in Brazil, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He co-operated with many conductors, including: M. J. Błaszczyk, Ł. Borowicz, K. Bumann, G. Chmura, S. Chrzanowski, M. Diadiura, M. Dworzyński, M. Fromanger, Chang Joon-Gun, M. Gawroński, Cz. Grabowski, I. Hobson, G. Kerenyi, V. Kiradijev, J. Kosek, M. Lebel, M. Nesterowicz, M. Metelska, O. Palymsky, D. Pavilionis, M. Pijarowski, P. Przytocki, W. Rajski, J. Rogala, Z. Rychert, J. Salwarowski, M. U. Sidiq, R. Silva, M. Smolij, A. Sosnovsky, M. Sugar, P. Veneri, T. Wojciechowski, M. Wolniewski, J. M. Zarzycki, A. Weiser, M. Żółtowski, B. Żurakowski.

Discography:
• F. Liszt – Violin and Piano Music (Voytek Proniewicz – violin), Naxos (2014),
• F. Liszt – Grandes études de Paganini, Transcendental études de Paganini, Capriccio (2017),
• F. Liszt – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, Naxos (2019),
• F. Schubert – Rarities and Short Piano Works, Naxos (2021).

Awards:
– The 3rd prize, Arthur Rubinstein Prize founded by Aniela Rubinstein and a special prize of the Kościuszko Foundation in New York at The 2nd International Competition for Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, Poland (1996),
– The 1st prize and the prize for the best performance of a concerto at the 4th F. Liszt National Piano Competition in Wrocław, Poland (1997),
– The 3rd prize at the 7th F. Liszt International Piano Competition “Premio Mario Zanfi” in Parma, Italy (2000),
– The 2nd prize at the Young Musicians` Festival in Gdansk, Poland (2002),
– The 3rd prize at the 6th International Piano Seiler Competition in Palermo, Italy (2005),
– The 3rd prize at the 3rd F. Liszt International Piano Competition in Wrocław, Poland (2005).

Wojciech Waleczek has graduated with a distinction from the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in a piano class of Prof. Zbigniew Raubo in 2003. He continued his studies with Prof. Lee Kum-Sing in the Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada. He received the degrees of Doctor of Arts and Habilitated Doctor of Arts from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2014 and 2017).
Pianist was awarded by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland, by the presidents of Katowice and Gliwice as well as by the Regional Council of the Silesian Province and many other private and public institutions.
Beside concert activity he works as a Professor of the Silesian University in Katowice.

He was awarded the Decoration of Honor „Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2017, the Honorary Badge for Merits for the Silesian Voivodeship from the Silesian Council in 2018 and the Bronze Cross of Merit by the President of Poland.