Acclaimed Polish Pianist to Present Recital, Master Class

Head shot of Piotr Zukowski

Jan. 27, 2009 -

Internationally acclaimed, multiple-prize-winning pianist Piotr Zukowski is returning by popular demand to the University of Redlands for a series of piano events. The public will be able to hear and meet Zukowski at a piano master class held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., and a not-to-be-missed solo recital on Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. Both events will be held in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall in the School of Music and are free of charge.

The Friday night recital includes the 24 Preludes of Scriabin, Opus 11, and the Prokofiev 7th Sonata in addition to shorter works of Chopin, Carl Vine, and Gao Ping.

Twenty six-year old Zukowski has garnered more than a dozen prizes in national and international competitions, including first prizes in the International Artur Rubinstein Competition for Young Pianists (Poland 2000), the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (Italy 2003), and the International Piano Competition "Anemos" (Rome 2004). When he was 18, he was a finalist in the 14th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (Poland 2000).

For more than a dozen years Zukowski has graced the stage in solo and concerto performances in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Japan, China, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary and Germany as well as in Poland and the United States. At the age of 15, he was invited to record Chopin’s music for the soundtrack of a European film produced by Arte, the European cultural TV channel broadcasting throughout France and Germany, on the life of Fryderyk Chopin. In 2004, he performed a series of concerts live for Vatican Radio at the Goethe Institute in Rome.

Zukowski's exemplary CD of works by Chopin, Ravel, Scriabin and Maciejewski qualified for the International Forum for Young Performers in Lisbon, a competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union under the auspices of UNESCO.

In 2004 Zukowski graduated with distinction from the Ignac Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Posnan, Poland, receiving the master of arts certificate under the tutelage of the eminent Professor Alicja Kledzik. He is the recipient of prestigious awards from the Polish government: the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Foundation of Poland.

His concerts have added luster to ceremonies for Polish culture, including the granting of awards to outstanding Poles in Chicago, and the European Press Celebration in Berlin. He participated in the Paderewski Festival in Chicago in 2001 and in the Tucson Chopin Festival in 2003 and 2007.

Zukowski is an assistant professor of piano at the Paderewski Academy in Poland. He was invited to participate as a jury member at the 6th International Anton Rubinstein Piano Competition and the 3rd International Johannes Brahms Piano Competition in Aqua Termi, Italy.

For further information call the University of Redlands School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

Contact: School of Music (909) 748-8700 (Phone)


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