dr Michal Szymanowski

One of the most promising Polish pianists of the young generation, Michal Karol Szymanowski was born in 1988 into a musical family. He graduated with honours from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he studied piano with Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron and symphonic-operatic conducting under Zygmunt Rychert. He honed his skills with Eldar Nebolsin at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. At present he continues his piano education as a doctoral student and at the same time works as an assistant lecturer at his alma mater and at the Academy of Music in Lodz.

Michal has won top awards in a number of national and international piano competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt, Germany (2017), MozARTe International Piano Competition in Aachen, Germany (2016), the International Chopin Piano Competition in Daegu, Korea (2015), the Zarembski International Music Competition in Warsaw (2012), the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Competition in Katowice (2011), the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2010), the International Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kyiv (2007), and the Polish National Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw (2008, 2015). In 2015 he was the highest placed quarter-finalist in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

Michal has given performances in Poland and other European countries (including Germany, England, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Switzerland) as well as on other continents (in the United States, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela). Of particular note, he has also performed in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican (a concert for Pope Benedict XVI), at Warsaw’s Belvedere Palace for Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, numerous philharmonic halls throughout the world as well as major festivals in Poland and abroad, among them Oficina de Musica de Curitiba, Festival Internacional de piano Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Festival Europeo de Solistas in Caracas, Festival Pianistico di Roma, the Long Lake Festival in Lugano, and the “Chopin and His Europe” Festival in Warsaw, where he brilliantly performed piano concertos by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Jozef Wieniawski.

Michal has performed under such eminent conductors as Alfredo Rugeles, Medardo Caisabanda, Juri Gilbo, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Marek Pijarowski and Michal Dworzynski with, among others, the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Claudio Santoro National Theatre in Brasilia, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, the Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, Szczecin and Bydgoszcz Philharmonic orchestras, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra.

Apart from solo repertoire, Michal also frequently performs chamber music, in which his partners are the Silesian Quartet, Erzhan Kulibaev, Romain Garioud, Benedict Kloeckner, Anna Maria Stankiewicz, Maria Machowska, and many others.

Michal has released two solo albums for CD Accord (Naxos), featuring compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Jozef Wieniawski. The recordings were critically acclaimed. One reviewer wrote: “Uncommon talent and a pianist of great promise.”

prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron

Katarzyna (Ekaterina) Popowa-Zydron (full professor) is a Polish pianist of Bulgarian origin. She was a student in Prof. Zbigniew Sliwinski’s piano class at the Higher School of Music in Gdansk, from which she graduated with distinction in 1973. In the two years that followed she was a holder of the Austrian government scholarship and continued her music education under Alexander Jenner at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She also perfected her piano skills by participating in masterclasses with Suzanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin and Gyorgy Sebok. She is a winner of numerous competitions, among them the 4th National Festival for Young Musicians, or the 2nd National Piano Competition. She was among the semi-finalists in such prestigious competitions as the 1975 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the 1975 Piano Competition in Terni (Italy) and the 1978 ARD Competition in Munich (Germany).

Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron is a regular performer in Poland and abroad. Her repertoire includes compositions from the baroque to the present day, with particular emphasis on the works of Mozart, Beethoven (e.g. Piano Sonata No. 29, Op 106), Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and others. She is known for premiering Polish modern music. She has also performed as a chamber musician with renowned soloists and ensembles: Urszula Kryger, Piotr Kusiewicz, Florian Skulski, among others. She has appeared in piano duos, duos with violinists, flutists and cellists, as well as in piano trios and quartets.

This is what music critics have had to say: ‘(…) Popowa-Zydron’s interpretation of Chopin is contemporaneous in character, understated and free of exaggeration. The pianist knows perfectly how to express Chopin’s lyricism, this peculiar ambience of personal tragedy (…)’, ‘(…) an exceptional care for detail. The pianist has been able to create a musical world of its very own kind. Her playing has been deeply moving – sad, surprising and relaxing at the same time. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron is a romantic artist at heart. Her firm commitment to and total confidence in her music interpretation are what listeners find infectious as they become involved in the reality the pianist is constructing before them. Technical mastery, exceptional musicality, outstanding interpretative individuality (…)’.

Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron is a professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where she is also Head of the Piano Department. She gives guidance to talented students of secondary music schools in the region and frequently gives masterclasses, conducts seminars and courses for piano teachers at home and abroad. She has frequently been on juries, judging national and international competitions. In 2010 she was a member of the jury appointed for the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and in 2015 she headed the jury. She is President of the I. J. Paderewski Music Society in Bydgoszcz, the organizer of the Paderewski International Piano Competition and the Paderewski Piano Academy, one-of-a-kind summer courses in piano playing with a symphonic orchestra.

Her pupils and students have won awards in numerous national and international competitions, are busy performing, and some of them are successful teachers, also abroad. Among her former pupils are Krzysztof Herdzin, Rafal Blechacz, Pawel Wakarecy, Katarzyna Borek, Radoslaw Kurek, Michio Nishihara Toro, Michal Szymanowski, and others.

For her artistic and pedagogical achievements, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron has received a number of awards, including those of national significance such as the Gloria Artis medal and the Officer’s Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order.

Carte Blanche



ANDRII DOROFEIEV – PIANO
Sound engineers:
Malgorzata Polanska
Katarzyna Jastrzebska
Mateusz Grudzien
Wiktor Skrzypczynski
Beata Klimaszewska

L. Godowsky
Passacaglia h-moll
Grande Valse Romantique

F. Chopin
Ballade no.1 op.23
Mazurkas op.17
Etude no.12, op.10

A. Scriabin
Sonata-fantaisie no.2, op.19

M. Balakirev
Oriental fantasy — “Islamey”

K. Szymanowski
Etudes no.1-5, op.33
Mazurkas no.1-4, op.50

J. Zarembski
Les Roses et les Epines Five improvisations for piano, op.13

+ Bonus

T. Leszetycky
La Piccola



Was recorded in:
Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz
Artur Malawski Podkarpatian Philharmonic in Rzeszow
Sanok concert Hall
2020 year

Audio will be available coming soon

L. Godowsky – Passacaglia h-moll


ANDRII DOROFEIEV – PIANO
Sound engineer: Malgorzata Polanska

Leopold Godowsky
Passacaglia – h-moll


Was recorded in:
Sanok concert Hall
January, 2020 year


About Passacaglia:

Passacaglia is a solo piano composition by the composer Leopold Godowsky. It was completed in New York, on October 21, 1927. The composition commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Franz Schubert. Typical of Godowsky’s composition style, the piece contains dense contrapuntal, polyphonic, and chromatic writing. The work is a passacaglia based on the first 8 measures of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The Passacaglia is made of forty-four variations, a cadenza and four-part fugue.


Godowsky remarked in the work’s preface:

“This composition, written on the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Franz Schubert’s death, is my heartfelt tribute to this precious and prolific genius, who, despite his short and uneventful life, succeeded so admirably in translating our innermost emotions into music.
With the exception of Chopin, I know of no other composer whose lyricism have touched the heart of so many; whose melodies have become so thoroughly the treasured property of all civilized nations; whose tone-imageries have so sensitized and refined our poetic susceptibilities.
I will feel fully rewarded, should this contribution to the approaching commemoration prove to be worthy of the occasion.”


The Passacaglia gained notoriety after pianist Vladimir Horowitz reportedly gave up on the piece, claiming that six hands, not two, were required to play it. Abram Chasins, who heard Godowsky perform this piece in one of his gatherings, remarked, “This was sheer enchantment, both the work itself and Godowsky’s pianism. It had the cool, colorful clarity of a stained-glass window. Although I was greatly moved and impressed by what I heard, Godowsky’s effortless mastery made me unaware of the vastness of his pianistic feat that night.” (Rimm, The Composer-Pianists)

Together with DUX Recording Producers, a disc was recorded with one of the most complex works in piano literature of Europe of the 20th century. There is currently one studio recording of 1987 good quality of this work by Marc-Andre Hamelin. That is, more than 30 years ago! In Ukraine and Poland, none of the pianists did this until yesterday. That is why we are pleased to present you the Ukrainian premiere. An audio release is coming soon!


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L. Godowsky – Passacaglia h-moll



ANDRII DOROFEIEV – PIANO
Sound engineer: Katarzyna Jastrzebska

Leopold Godowsky
Passacaglia – h-moll


Was recorded in:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz
October, 2019 year


About Passacaglia:

Passacaglia is a solo piano composition by the composer Leopold Godowsky. It was completed in New York, on October 21, 1927. The composition commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Franz Schubert. Typical of Godowsky’s composition style, the piece contains dense contrapuntal, polyphonic, and chromatic writing. The work is a passacaglia based on the first 8 measures of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The Passacaglia is made of forty-four variations, a cadenza and four-part fugue.


Godowsky remarked in the work’s preface:

“This composition, written on the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Franz Schubert’s death, is my heartfelt tribute to this precious and prolific genius, who, despite his short and uneventful life, succeeded so admirably in translating our innermost emotions into music.
With the exception of Chopin, I know of no other composer whose lyricism have touched the heart of so many; whose melodies have become so thoroughly the treasured property of all civilized nations; whose tone-imageries have so sensitized and refined our poetic susceptibilities.
I will feel fully rewarded, should this contribution to the approaching commemoration prove to be worthy of the occasion.”


The Passacaglia gained notoriety after pianist Vladimir Horowitz reportedly gave up on the piece, claiming that six hands, not two, were required to play it. Abram Chasins, who heard Godowsky perform this piece in one of his gatherings, remarked, “This was sheer enchantment, both the work itself and Godowsky’s pianism. It had the cool, colorful clarity of a stained-glass window. Although I was greatly moved and impressed by what I heard, Godowsky’s effortless mastery made me unaware of the vastness of his pianistic feat that night.” (Rimm, The Composer-Pianists)


Ist stage on the Ist International Piano competition of the polish music name by S. Moniuszko in Rzeszow

Annotation

In the first stage of the competition Andrii played a program of the most interesting composers of the Polish romantic era. It’s was be: K. Szymanowski, T. Leszetycki, F. Chopin and L. Godowsky. Concert was have a great success and more of the jury noted in interpretation a so much a good think.


Reportage on the TV channel – TVP3 Rzeszow




Zarembski | Godowski



ANDRII DOROFEIEV– PIANO

J. Zarembski
Les Roses et les Epines
Five improvisations for piano, op.13

F. Chopin
Etude no.12 op.10

K. Szymanowski
3 Etudes op.33

L. Godowsky
Grande valse romantique

T. Leszetycky
La Piccola

Was recorded in:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz
June, 2019 year