Chopin Piano Academy Faculty

 
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Piotr Paleczny
Poland

Graduated from Warsaw's Academy of Music under Professor Jan Ekier. Winner of five international piano competitions: Sophia (1968), Munich (1969), Warsaw (1970), Pleven (1971), and Bordeaux (1972). Piotr Paleczny's international career developed pursuant to his success at the 7. Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970.

Paleczny won the 3rd prize and received the Award of the Fryderyk Chopin Society for the best execution of a Polonaise. The 1970 edition of the competition was the first at which an American, Garrick Ohlsson, took top honors. Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida came second, and among Polish pianists, Janusz Olejniczak also emerged successful finishing in 6th place. Alongside Ohlsson, Paleczny was one of the favorites of the competition and easily advanced through earlier stages on his way to the final. It was with similar confidence and composure that he developed his international career, quickly achieving the status of Poland's most outstanding pianist. His repertoire is expansive, though he is most valued for his interpretations of the works of Chopin and other composers of the Romantic era. Paleczny is widely recognized for his executions of the piano concertos of Polish composers, including both of Chopin's concertos, the Concerto in a-minor op. 17 of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the 4. Sinfonia Concertante op. 60 of Karol Szymanowski, and the Piano Concerto of Witold Lutosławski. He has enjoyed a lively career as a concert pianist on all of the world's continents since his success at the 7. Fryderyk Chopin Competition, appearing as a soloist with renowned orchestras like Warsaw's National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw, the BBC London Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon, the Tonhalle Zurich, the RAI Roma, the Santa Cecilia, the Mexico National, the Buenos Aires National, the Gewandhaus, and the National Orchestra Madrid.

Paleczny has performed in some of the world's most famous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

The pianist has lead master classes in Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Paris, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Mexico City, Tokyo, Lugano, and Warsaw, and sat on international piano competition juries in Warsaw, Paris, Santander, Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Prague, Taipei, Cleveland, and London.

Since 1993, Piotr Paleczny has been the artistic director of the oldest Polish music festival – the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj.

Recordings of Piotr Paleczny's performances have appeared on albums published by Polskie Nagrania, EMI, BBC Classic, Pony Canyon, CD Accord, Olympia, Wifon, BeArTon, Sound, Naxos, and DUX. The annual "Musical America" named Paleczny's recording of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Piano Concerto(Sound), for which he was accompanied by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk, as the best ever recording of this work. Another of his recordings, Karol Szymanowski's 4. Sinfonia Concertante (EMI), appeared on the American market to win far-reaching acclaim. The pianist also recorded the complete Ballads, Sonatas, and Concertos of Chopin for BeArTon. These performances will be included in the label's National Edition of the Complete Works of Fryderyk Chopin.

Piotr Paleczny has an abundant concert repertoire within which the piano concertos of Polish composers constitute a significant position. In addition to the concertos of Chopin, Paderewski, and Szymanowski, Paleczny's repertoire includes the Piano Concerto of Witold Lutosławski, a work that the artist once performed under the direction of the composer himself. The pianist went on to record this same piece for the Naxos label with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Antoni Wit. His interpretation earned him broad critical and popular acclaim. One of the artist's most recent recordings, an album titled The Best of Fryderyk Chopin published by DUX, won him the "Fryderyk 1999" Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy.

In May of 1998, the President of the Republic of Poland granted Piotr Paleczny the academic title of professor. The artist has also received many prestigious Polish and international honors and awards. Paleczny currently heads the piano performance class at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.

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Krzysztof Jabłoński
Poland/Canada

Krzysztof Jablonski is Laureate of the F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985 as well as numerous top prizes at international piano competitions in Milan, Palm Beach, Monza, Dublin, New York, Calgary as well as Gold Medal at the A. Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.

For more than 30 years Jablonski is active performing solo, chamber music as well as with orchestras on stages in Europe, Americas, Asia and Israel in prestigious concert halls, including appearances on the Master Concert Series at Berliner Philharmonie. A frequent guest of many orchestras, performed under the baton of V. Gergiev, A. Boreyko, K. Penderecki, J. Semkow, J. Maksymiuk, F. Brueggen, W. Bothe, Y. Tezuka, T. Shimono, A. Wit, J. Krenz and with prominent ensembles such as Orchestra of the 18th Century, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Jenaer Philharmonie, Festival Orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kirishima Festival Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As chamber music recitalist he recently performed with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Arto Noras, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Teng Li - to name just a few. He is a member of "Warsaw Piano Quintet" which was first founded by W. Szpilman in 1962.

Jablonski’s somewhat romantic nature was shaping his music taste and interests over the years. Beside most popular works Jablonski has in his repertoire, he also plays some less known compositions such as Concertos by F. Riess, H. Litolff, E. Dohnanyi. He was invited to perform for ballet, opera and theatre spectacles as well as for spectacular, multi-discipline projects with multimedia presentations and lights such as Scriabin's "Prometheus" with Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Ballet “Fortepianissimo” choreographed by Lorca Massine at the National Opera in Warsaw, original piano version of the Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande. He was invited to perform during the opening of the Wiener Opernball in Vienna together with the Vienna State Opera Ballet choreographed by Giorgio Madia. Jablonski also played for the crowd of thousands with Grant Park Orchestra and K. Urbanski at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago.

In February of 2013, Jablonski performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with Maestro Valery Gergiev and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra during fundraising event “Clean Baltic Sea Concert” in Helsinki. This performance was streamed live over the Internet as well as recorded by Finnish Radio and TV.

2013 has brought Jablonski also to Japan where he performed Beethoven's Concerto with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra following his successful appearances with Kirishima Festival Orchestra in 2012. In 2014 he played during Kirishima Festival again and in 2015, celebrating 30 years of his artistic career, performed Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra - the same Piano Concerto he played during Finals of the F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985, where his international career began. Also in 2015, he performed Chopin's E minor Concerto once more with Warsaw Philharmonic under the button of Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. Jablonski concluded anniversary year performing Saint-Saëns' 2nd Piano Concerto in G minor with Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Patrick Fournillier in February of 2016.

He has made live recordings for radio and television in many countries as well as numerous CDs in Germany, Japan, and Poland. He was recently invited by the F. Chopin National Institute to record complete works by Chopin both on modern and historical pianos. Two first CDs (Etudes) were released in 2016 and 2017, and more will come soon. Jablonski himself says it is his once in a lifetime project, but he hopes to be able to complete this work in 3-4 years.

Studied with Janina Butor and Prof. Andrzej Jasinski. Worked during master classes with R. Kerer and N. Magaloff. Graduated with honors in 1987 from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he later earned his Doctorate in 1996. He was a Professor at The F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw from 2004 to 2017. He is currently a piano faculty at the Mount Royal University - The Conservatory in Calgary and at the University of Calgary and faculty member of the Morningside Music Bridge Program. He was also Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lethbridge during 2016-2017. In addition to academic responsibilities, he presents master classes, lectures and is a jury member at international piano competitions including Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw, Toronto/Mississauga (Chair of the Jury), Miami, Tokyo and Foshan in China.

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Jeffrey Swann
United States

Jeffrey Swann enjoys an international performing career which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City.

His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.

In addition to presenting lecture/recitals worldwide, Mr. Swann has performed with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indiana, Dallas, Saint Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Lexington, Baltimore and Minneapolis; and in Europe with the orchestras of Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National and Radio, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Maggio Fiorentino (Florence), RAI Turin and Rome, Südwest Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Prague Philharmonic, Radio France de Montpellier, and the London Philharmonia, among many others. The conductors with whom he has performed include Zdenek Macal, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, William Steinberg, Kazimirz Kord, Myung-Whun Chung, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti and Leonard Slatkin. In addition, he continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy. Mr. Swann has also served as a judge at many competitions.

A native of Northern Arizona, Jeffrey Swann studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University and with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees.

Mr. Swann can be heard on Ars Polona, Deutsche-Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, and Agorá recordings. His CD, “The Virtuoso Liszt” (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by Fanfare magazine. His most recent release features works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano.

Jeffrey Swann has served as Artistic Director of both the Dino Ciani Festival & Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa; he is currently Professor of Piano at New York University and the President’s Distinguished Artist-inResidence at Northern Arizona University.