Piano solo / Piano Duo:
Akemi Alink Yamamoto
prof. Marek Drewnowski
prof. Mikhail Faerman
prof. Jerzy Romaniuk
prof. Andrzej Jasiński – chairman Piano Solo
dr Lucjusz Pinkosz – chairman Piano Duo
Soloists / Violon:
Prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka – chairman
Prof. Magdalena Szczepanowska
Solists / Cello:
Prof. Andrzej Zieliński – chairman
dr hab. Piotr Hausenplas
dr Rafał Kwiatkowski
prof. Magdalena Szczepanowska – chairman
dr hab. Piotr Hausenplas
Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons. Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and performed in important halls. She plays solo and is also active in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompaniment. Since 2012, she forms a duo with German Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Gericke. They are giving Lieder recitals in Europe and Japan. Apart from her performances, she is also busy as a piano teacher. She has given lessons and master classes in Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. She has been invited as a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in Europe, North and South America. This year, she is invited to the competitions in Sweden, Spain, Portugal and U.S.A. Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine “Chopin” in Japan. She also made large reports and interviews about the major International piano competitions in the world, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan, the Sydney Competition in Australia and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel. Since 2001, she lives in the Netherlands.
Mr. Drewnowski is a professor at the Lodz Academy of Music in Poland and gives master classes all over the world. He is currently devoted to recording the piano concertos and other treasures from the work of W.A. Mozart in preparation for the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. He was born in Kolobrzeg, Poland and began playing the piano as a young child. He went on to study piano at the Warsaw Academy of Music with Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki.
After Professor Drzewiecki’s death, he moved to Krakow where he graduated from the local PWSM (High School of Music) as a student of Jan Hoffman. His first noticeable success, both within Poland and abroad, came with his recording of the 12 Piano Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, issued in 1975. After listening to this recording, Leonard Bernstein invited Mr. Drewnowski to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He went on to play concerts in some of the most splendid and famous concert halls in Europe, the United States and Japan.
In September 1989 Mr. Drewnowski, alongside world-famous artists such as Leonard Bernstein, Barbara Hendricks, Herman Prey and Liv Ulman, participated in the performance of a solemn concert marking the occasion of the 50th anniversary of World War II. The entire event was broadcast by television stations throughout the world. In 1991 Mr. Drewnowski received the prestigious „Orpheus” award from the SPAM (Stowarzyszenia Polskich Artystów Muzyków, Polish Artists and Musicians Association) Music Critics for his performance of the world premiere of Stefan Kisielewski’s Piano Concerto at the Warsaw Autumn contemporary music festival.
He started to study piano at the age of three. He followed the lessons of Eugenia Yarmonenko at the Central Music School of Moscow from 1962 until 1972. Afterwards he studied at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Professor Jacob Flier from 1972 until 1977. In 1975 he won the First Prize at the International Piano Competition Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in Brussels. He left the Soviet Union in October 1978 and came to live to Belgium. In 1979 he became a professor in the Mons Conservatoire. He was a member of the Jury in the Conservatoires of Brussels, Liege, Luxembourg, Paris. In March 1985 he participated in the Jury of the International Competition in Epinal, France.
Since then, he played in:West Germany, Switzerland, Canada, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Great Britain and Belgium. In 1985 participated in the International Festival of Seoul, where he played a concert with orchestra and a recital.
In november 1987 he was the president of the Jury of the First European Piano Competition.
She is a prominent representative and successor of the traditions of the St. Petersburg pianistic school, the founders of which were G. Esipova, G. Buse, N. Perelman, V. Nielsen, P. Serebryakov.In 1976 she graduated with honors from the St. Petersburg School of Music at the Conservatory, and in 1983. Leningrad State Conservatory. Since the beginning of the 80s, she has been actively performing as a soloist, as well as in chamber ensembles. She gave concerts in St. Petersburg, cities of Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Germany. Since 1983, she began to fundamentally engage in pedagogy at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov and the Music Lyceum of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. Over the years of her teaching career, Lyubov Lavneeva has brought up a number of students who have achieved significant professional success and recognition at international pianist competitions both in St. Petersburg and abroad: Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia, St. Petersburg, France, Poland, Portugal, Belarus. Its graduates continue their professional education at the conservatory and music schools of St. Petersburg. At the invitation of the organizers, Lyubov Lavneeva participates in the jury in international competitions, including in Portugal (20002-2020), Poland (2008-2013), Estonia (2011-2013), Belarus (2019).
Jerzy Romaniuk began his musical education at the Music High School in Łódź in the class of Professor Zygmunt Jeśman. In 1963-1968 he studied at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw under the tutelage of an outstanding pedagogue, Professor Zbigniew Drzewiecki. Just a few months after receiving his diploma, he made his debut with Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto in D minor on the stage of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.
He continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Jakub Zak and Eliso Wirsaladze, at the same time giving concerts and recitals in the Soviet Union. After returning to Poland, Jerzy Romaniuk began teaching at the State Higher School of Music (now the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music) in Warsaw. He conducted master classes for pianists: four courses in Holland (1992-1995) and two courses in Zakopane (1994, 1995). Since 1997 he has been a professor in the piano master class. He has received numerous awards for his teaching work: Award of the Minister of Culture and Art II st. (1979), Rector’s Award of the AMFC (1986), Rector’s Award of AMFC III st. (1988), Rector’s Award of AMFC II st. (1989)
Jerzy Romaniuk went on numerous tours abroad, including: in Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Yugoslavia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Cuba, France, Austria, the Arab Emirates and China.
His repertoire includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Ravel, Szymanowski, Gershwin and others.
Jerzy Romaniuk has cooperated with many Polish and foreign record companies. He has released numerous albums, mainly with works by Chopin. He has also frequently collaborated with the BBC in London, Radio Hilversum in the Netherlands and Polish Radio and TV. Since 1991 he has been recording for DUX.
Polish pianist, professor and pedagogue, juror of piano competitions around the world.
After graduating from the Secondary Music School in Częstochowa, he studied under Władysława Markiewiczówna at the State Higher Music School in Katowice (now the Academy of Music), obtaining a diploma with honours in 1959. In 1960-1961, he studied in Paris under Magda Tagliaferro. In 1960 he won first prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. After his solo debut with the RAI Orchestra in Turin under Carl Zecchi, he has performed many times in the USSR, Germany, France, Uruguay and Japan. He has made archival recordings with the participation of WOSPRiT. Since 1961, he has been teaching at his alma mater, the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he headed the Piano Department from 1973 to 1996. In 1973-1981 he also conducted a piano class in Stuttgart.
He educated a group of stage pianists, including Krystian Zimerman, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Zbigniew Raubo, Joanna Domańska, Magdalena Lisak, Rafał Łuszczewski, Beata Bilińska, Piotr Banasik, Łukasz Trepczyński and others.
On 14 December 2006 he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Music in Katowice, and in May 2007 from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 1995 he received the Karol Miarka Award, in 2007 the Wojciech Korfanty Prize awarded by the Upper Silesian Association, and in 2010 he received the Lux ex Silesia Award.
He graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Warsaw with distinction in the piano class of Prof. J. Wobozil. He completed a degree in piano studies (Prof. L. Vaintraub, I. Riabov), an artistic aspiration and an assistant internship at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Kiev (Prof. R. Golubieva, Prof. Tsarevitsch). He is a PhD in Art History. He took part in international musicological conferences and master courses in piano (e.g. Rachmaninov’s piano course in Tambovo, Russia, conducted by Alexandr Aleksandrov and Wiktor Mierzhanow. Winner of national and international piano competitions (Prague), Brest (France, 2nd prize in the „Fryderyk Chopin” category). He has given concerts as a pianist and conductor in Poland, Ukraine, France, Portugal and Belgium. He has recorded for radio and TV. Jury member of international music competitions in Russia, Portugal and Estonia. Since 2000, he has been the founder and director of the Juliusz Zarębski International Music Competitions. In 2009 he initiated the Piano Festival „In the circle of Fryderyk Chopin’s music”. Founder and director of the International Leopold Godowski Young Virtuoso Piano Competition. Founder and President of the Juliusz Zarębski Foundation for Culture and Education, aimed at promoting the work of Polish composers. The delegation of the Łomianki School as the only school from Poland took part in a special promotional concert of Polish Music in the Town Hall of Fundao (Portugal) on 1 May 2004 on the day of Poland’s accession to the European Union (congratulations from the EU headquarters).
He completed postgraduate studies at the University of Warsaw at the Faculty of Law and Administration. Decorated by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with „Merit for Polish Culture”.
Born in 1947 in Gdańsk. From the Music High School to the end of his studies at the State Higher School of Music in Gdańsk, he worked under the direction of Stefan Herman. In 1971 he received a diploma with a very good grade and the highest distinction. In 1964, while still a student of the Music High School, he took part in the Nicolò Paganini International Competition in Genoa, where he received a diploma with special distinction. In September 1966 he took first place in the International Music Competition of German Radio in Munich and since then his international career has started.
Since 1967 he has performed over 1500 symphonic concerts and recitals worldwide (Europe, Asia, Japan, Australia, North and South America). As a soloist he has been a guest of many renowned orchestras. He has performed at many prestigious music festivals, including Lucerne, Bordeaux, Berlin, Brighton, Prague, Barcelona, Brussels, Warsaw and others. In 1970 he took part in the great music festival in Bonn, dedicated to Beethoven on the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birthday.
He has made many recordings for CD, radio and television. His recordings include, among others, concerts: His recordings include concerts by Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Glazunov, Lalo, Bartók, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Karłowicz, Penderecki, Hindemith, Szymanowski, as well as sonatas and virtuoso works. He has also taken part in recordings of Polish contemporary music (Penderecki, Lutosławski, Knapik, Bloch, Jabłoński and others). For recording all of Karol Szymanowski’s works, he received a special award from the Polish Radio. The CD with Szymanowski’s two concertos was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in Paris in 1981. He has taken part in many foreign tours with Polish orchestras. He travelled around the world many times with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, mainly under the baton of Witold Rowicki and later Kazimierz Kord. He also deals with chamber music, playing in ensembles and with well-known soloists.
She was born in Warsaw into a musical family. She graduated with honours from the Warsaw Academy of Music. She is a laureate of national and international violin and chamber music competitions.
She gives concerts as a chamber musician in Poland and abroad. She has cooperated with the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Warsaw Music Society and the Polish Composers’ Union.
He is a professor of violin at the Instrumental Faculty of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He also teaches violin and chamber music at the State Music School in Warsaw. Her pupils are winners of the leading prizes in many competitions, including international ones. She conducts master classes, is invited to lectures, workshops and consultations for teachers of music schools in various Polish cities.
She is a member of the jury of many national and international violin and chamber music competitions, and is often a co-organizer of them. He is a consultant to the Centre for Artistic Education and an Expert in Professional Promotion.
For her didactic activity she received, among others, awards: The „Meritorious Cultural Activist” badge (2003), Prize of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2007, 2010, 2012), Diploma of the Minister of Culture (2004), Medal of the Commission for National Education (2007), Director’s Award of the Centre for Artistic Education (1993, 2001, 2004) and the Rector’s Award of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (2002).
Following the success of her students at the 12th International Competition TALENTS FOR EUROPE (2008) in Lower Cuba, Slovakia (four first places in four categories, two Grand Prix awards), she was honoured with the title of Teacher of the Year.
Graduate of the Conservatory of Music in the piano class. Laureate of the Music Competition in Kiev.She conducts concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician (Grand Theatre in Warsaw, National Philharmonic Trio, „Paderewski Piano Duo”).
Participant of early music courses. Pedagogue and accompanist of the Tchaikovsky Aka-demia od Music Kiev, as well as secondary music schools.
She has given concerts in Poland and abroad in Russia, France, Portugal, Belgium and Ukraine..
Margarita Pinkosz is an established classical pianist, harpsichordist and chamber musician.
An accomplished and respected classical musician Margarita Pinkosz has many awards and accolades under her belt as follows, finalist in the Int’l Piano Competition in Kosice, Slovakia, in “L’art Hulencourt” Belgium, invited to the Cannes festival for recording music to Silentium Dei, recording CD with Polish music for Belgian association under patronage of European deputy Frederique Ries, inauguratingconcert for Poland joining European Union in Porto, Portugal, Scholarship Winner for Udo Heinemann Int’l Masterclasses, Scholarship Winner to Ecole normale Alfred CortotParis, France, Trinity College London scholarship for Alexander Technique masterclasses, invitation to Oxana Yablonskaya’s (Julliard School) Piano Institut in Lucca, Italy. She also also performed for countless festivals including; Cannes, American Bach Soloists, Jeunes Solistes a Mezin, Europalia, Fete de la Musique, Welcome to Belgiumin Chateau de Valduchesse and many more.
Currently based in San Francisco, California, the musician was invited to study harpsichord in the studio of the Grammy nominated Corey Jamason. With a keen interest in 21st century neoclassical and electro music, Pinkosz seeks to become a composer for youth on piano, performnew and early music on harpsichord as well as educate next generation of musicians.She is also passionate about environment and is looking to connect with like minded artists who want to combine music performance with sustainability. Armed with big dreams and plenty of energy to spare, Margarita Pinkosz is no doubt, well on her way to becoming one of the most multidimensional performing artist ofher generation.
He graduated from the Kruszelnicka S. Kruszelnicka Special Music School in Lviv in the violin class of J. Golda (1970). Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow as the last student of David Oistrakh, assistant to Prof. P. Bondarenko (1975). Next, he studied aspirantry (postgraduate studies) at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Kiev (1977-1979) in the class of Professor Bohodar Kotorowicz. He took up a teaching post at the Academy (1977-1984), simultaneously working as the first violinist in the State Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra (1977-1978), soloist and concertmaster of the T. Shevchenko State Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra in Kiev (1977-1991). Winner of the second prize in the Ogolnoukrainian Lysienko Violin Competition in Kharkiv (1979).
Since 1991 he has been the concertmaster of the Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. With the last ensemble he gave concerts in many European countries, the USA, Japan, South Korea and others. He also gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician. He participates in numerous recordings of piano trios, quartets and chamber ensembles with the FN concertmaster, cellist Kazimierz Kośliacz and CD recordings in Poland and abroad. The Trinity piano trio (Mari Terashima, Piotr Cegielski, Kazimierz Koślacz) participated in the opening of the International Chamber Music Festival in Nagoya (1997), as a soloist and chamber musician he participated in the concerts of the Contemporary Music Festival „Contrasts” as a soloist and chamber musician. (2007, 2008, 2009) and „Virtuosos”. (2006) in Lviv. In 1998 he performed at the Warsaw Grand Theatre, performing solo parts in J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins with Nigel Kennedy and the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
At the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Secretary of State and later Minister. Decorated with the Gold Cross of Merit and many medals, including the Medal National Education Medal and the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture. Pro-rector of the Academy of Music in Warsaw in 1990-1996. He studied with Zofia Adamska at the State Higher School of Music in Kraków. He also completed an internship at the Moscow Conservatory in Mstislav Rostropovich’s class. He was a lecturer at the State Higher School of Music in Poznań (1963-1968), at the Academy of Music in Warsaw and at its Białystok Branch (from 1978). Currently he is a professor emeritus at the Academy of Music in Warsaw and teacher at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Warsaw (since 1976). Juror of national and international competitions, organizer and lecturer of Master courses in, among others, Łańcut, Żagań and Seoul. Soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster of many orchestras in Poznań, Warsaw, Stockholm and Teheran. He has given concerts in Poland and abroad, recorded for radio and television.
Piotr Hausenplas, the cellist, studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in the classes of Andrzej Zieliński and Kazimierz Michalik.
In 1987 he won second prize winner at the Dezyderiusz Danczowski Polish National Competition for Cellists in Poznań, organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in Poznań. In 1993 he won the Grand Prix at the Ludwig van Beethoven Competition for Cellists in Hradec in the Czech Republic, where he was also awarded prizes for the best performance of works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Bohuslav Martinu. During that competition he also won the prizes for the best interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s and Bohuslav Martinu’s works.
He has been giving concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician for many years. He has performed with a number of orchestras such as the Concerto Avenna, the Camerata Academia, the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, the Leos Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava and the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with many outstanding Polish musicians like Barbara Halska, Edward Wolanin, Katarzyna Duda and Magdalena Szczepanowska. He has made numerous archival recordings for the Polish Radio (with Beethoven’s and Britten’s sonatas). In November 2009 he got a postdoctoral degree of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Piotr Hausenplas is also a soloist of the National Opera Orchestra in Warsaw.
Winner of international competitions in New York, Baltimore, Leipzig, Ljubljana, Viňa del Mar (Chile), Kuhmo (Finland) and winner of second prize in The International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki. Winner of Passport „Polityka”, four „Fryderyks” and the award of the Foundation for Polish Culture. He gave concerts as a soloist in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia – in Japan he gave a recital at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. After his New York debut at Y Hall and Carnegie Hall (1999), he toured the USA many times. He has given concerts with many foreign orchestras, among others with the following orchestras He has performed with many foreign orchestras, including Los Angeles, Bogotá, Santiago, Moscow, Helsinki, Budapest, Palermo, Astana and the Munich Philharmonic; In Poland he regularly performs and records with such great ensembles as Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, Polish Radio Orchestra and National Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he made his debut with great success under Stanisław Skrowaczewski. In 2001, in Berlin, he performed Krzysztof Penderecki’s Viola Concerto for Cello under the baton of the composer and participated in the Polish premiere of Concerto Grosso. Since then, Penderecki has regularly invited the cellist to give Polish and foreign performances of his concerts, as well as to record them. In addition to his solo activities, the artist has a passion for chamber music – he has had the pleasure of co-creating chamber ensembles on world stages with personalities such as Christoph Eschenbach, Maxim Vengerov and Krystian Zimerman, with whom he played a series of concerts crowned with a CD recording for Deutsche Grammophon. In recent years, he has established a chamber music partnership with most of the most eminent Polish artists. He has also experienced a slightly different dimension of chamber music by performing and recording a CD with Anna Maria Jopek alongside such stars as Gil Goldstein, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Krzysztof Herdzin. Rafał Kwiatkowski is a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.