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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.
In 2014, together with Daria Żurawlowa they formed the Rachmaninow Piano Duo (rachmaninow.com).
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
Polish pianist 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. She is a founder and a member of the Rachmaninow Piano Duo.
A graduate of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz under the supervision of prof. Ewa Pobłocka. She also completed postgraduate studies at the Conservatori Superior de Musica del Liceu in Barcelona under the guidance of prof. Stanislav Pochekin.
Giving the recitals across Europe, she had the opportunity to perform at L’Auditori of Barcelona, Montserrat Caballe Hall, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Mozart Hall of the Palma de Mallorca Auditórium, Victoria Eugenia Theatre in San Sebastian, National Philharmonic in Warsaw and in the concert hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice among others.
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.
Founder of scholarships for exceptionally talented young artists in Switzerland.
Belongs to a group of distinguished young Polish artists and pedagogues.
She is a graduate of the Music Academy in Katowice in Poland, where she was taught by the outstanding Polish pianist and pedagogue Prof. Andrzej Jasiński. Later, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland, under Prof. Adrian Oetiker.
She developed her love for Fryderyk Chopin from an early age, which continues to this day and has accompanied her biography throughout her life.
She is the prize-winner of 15 national and international piano competitions across Europe, Asia and America. She is a laureate of the Festival of Polish Piano Art in Słupsk, Poland and an award holder of the Polish Minister of Culture.
She has worked with many outstanding artists and pedagogues such as Philippe Giusiano, Kevin Kenner, Wiktor Mierzanow, Wojciech Switala, Viera Nossina, Bruno Canino, Lidia Grychtolowna, Alexander Kobrin, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Jerome Rose and Zoltan Kocsis.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician and performed with various orchestras in many European countries such as Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Kosovo and Switzerland as well as Singapore and USA.
Since 2012, working with the Stiftung Pirolo, she has conducted a dozen of charity piano and chamber music workshops for pupils of the Shkolla e Muzikës „Prenk Jakova” (Gjakovë) in Kosovo.
In 2016, together with cellist Aleksander Tomaszkiewicz she recorded an album “On The Tour”, which was promoted with a concert tour in Poland and Switzerland, and gained the recognition of music critics.
Currently she is living in Switzerland and works intensively with children and youth passing her knowledge and experience to younger generations.
Pianist soloist and chamber musician, assistant professor at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, president of The Foundation „Partnership in Music”.
In his youth the strongest influence on his musical development had Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń with whom he studied for nine years. Then he continued his education in Warsaw with Piotr Paleczny, Maciej Paderewski, Jerzy Marchwiński and Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska, as well as in Bern (Switzerland) with Tomasz Herbut, Patrick Jüdt and Monika Urbaniak-Lisik.
Top prizewinner of piano and chamber music competitions in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine. He performed in most of European countries, as well as in Israel, Tunisia, Japan and China. As a soloist with orchestra he made his debut at the age of nine. He had an opportunity to give concerts at most of the philharmonic and concert halls in Poland and in many important venues all over the world as National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), Rohm Theatre in Kyoto (Japan), Flagey in Brussels (Belgium), National Philharmonic in Kyiv (Ukraine), UNESCO in Paris (France), Moscow Philharmonic (Russia), Konzerthaus „Kultur-Casino”, Zentrum Paul Klee and Yehudi Menuhin Forum in Bern (Switzerland). In 2022 he was invited by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute to give a serie of concerts at The Expo2020 in Dubai (The United Arab Emirates).
He regularly records for Polish and international radio or television stations. He often takes part in projects combining music with movie, theatre, painting and other art disciplines.
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 (akademiasuzuki.pl). 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 she had finished the postgraduate chamber music studies under Prof. Maria Szwajgier-Kulakowska in her Alma Mater.
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 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.
• 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).
– 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).