Jaroslaw Drzewiecki – graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Poznan, where he had studied under Andrzej Tatarski. He also completed a post-degree piano programme with Jerzy Sulikowski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. In the years 1986-1988 he was a teaching assistant to Victor Merzhanov at the Peter Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. Since 1983 he has taught his own piano class at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. In 2005 he was awarded the Order of the White Star, the highest decoration bestowed on Estonian citizens and foreigners by the President of the Republic of Estonia. In 2010 he was presented with the honorary title of the Wawer Resident of the Year by the ’Initiative for Wawer’ Association. In 2013, on the initiative of the Senate and Rector of the National Academy of Music in Lviv, he received the Academy honoris causa degree.
He is the originator of the following Warsaw-based events: the Wawer Music Festival, the International Master Competition for Music Teachers and the Polish and European Festivals for Music Academies. He is also a co-organizer of the International Competition for Young Virtuo”sos under 13 Years of Age, the Master Piano Teaching School and the 14th “Bieszczady without boundaries” Piano Forum in Sanok.
Jaroslaw Drzewiecki is the winner of a number of national and international music competitions, such as the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy), the Marsala International Piano Competition in Sicily (Italy, the 1st Prize) or the International Piano Competition in Porto (Portugal, the Grand Prix award and four special awards). In 1992 he received the Estelle Zwick Prize “Pretoria 92” for the best rendition of Fryderyk Chopin’s works.
He has extensively recorded for radio and television in Poland, Portugal, the Republic of South Africa, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Italy. He has recorded works by C. Seixas, L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, K. Szymanowski and I. J. Paderewski for the Polskie Nagrania (Polish Records) Company and Polish Radio. For the Japanese recording companies, Pony Canyon Classic and IMC-Tokyo, he has recorded Chopin’s rondos, variations, 16 polonaises and 27 etudes. Along with Adam Harasiewicz, he is the first Polish pianist to have recorded a CD album featuring the complete collection of etudes by Chopin.
He has made several tours in Portugal, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the Republic of South Africa. He has performed at international music festivals, such as those in Yokohama in Japan, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Gaming and Vienna in Austria, Cape Town in the RSA, or Antonin, Slupsk and Duszniki Zdruj in Poland. In 1995 he had his debut at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Holland). He also performed as a duo with his late wife and great pianist, Tatiana Shebanova.
He has taught piano masterclasses in Poland, Portugal (Porto), Russia (the Peter Tchaikovsky State Music Conservatory and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow), Slovakia (the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica), Lithuania (the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius), and Ukraine (the National Mykola Lysenko Academy of Music in Lviv). He frequently sits on juries for national and international piano competitions, among them those held in Portugal (Porto), Ukraine (Kiev, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad), Belarus (Homel), Lithuania (Palanga, Druskininkai), Estonia (Tallinn, Narva), Russia (Moscow/Ruza, Yekaterinburg), Denmark (Copenhagen), Slovakia (Banska Bystrica) and the Czech Republic (Prague).