Photo Wojciech Grzędziński

Michał Karol Szymanowski

Michał Karol Szymanowski graduated with distinction from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he studied piano with Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and symphony-opera conducting with Zygmunt Rychert. He then went on to further his piano education with Eldar Nebolsin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He is currently working as an assistant professor teaching piano in his alma mater. Szymanowski has won a number of piano competitions held, amongst other places, in Kyiv (2007), Warsaw (2008, 2012 and 2015), Bydgoszcz (2010), Katowice (2011), Daegu (2015), Aachen (2016) and Darmstadt (2017). 

He has appeared at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican City for Pope Benedict XVI, Belweder in Warsaw for the President of the Republic of Poland and at a variety of philharmonic halls around the world: in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Japan and South Korea. He has been invited to the festivals held in Curitiba, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Rome, Lugano and four times to the International Music Festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in Warsaw. Szymanowski has worked with some distinguished conductors such as Alfredo Rugeles, Medardo Caisabanda, Juri Gilbo, Jacek Kaspszyk, Grzegorz Nowak, Antoni Wit and Marek Pijarowski. Besides the solo repertoire, he is also active performing in chamber setups with the Silesian String Quartet, Erzhan Kulibaev, Romain Garioud, Benedict Kloeckner, Maciej Kułakowski, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz and Maria Machowska, amongst other artists. He has also brought out two CD records entitled Michał Szymanowski Piano Recital.

PROGRAMME

 First stage

•    Zygmunt Stojowski 

Mélodie, Op. 1 No. 1 from Deux pensées musicales

•    Moritz Moszkowski 

Etude in A flat major, Op. 72 No. 11

•    Fryderyk Chopin 

Etude in B minor, Op. 25 No. 10

•    Karol Szymanowski 

Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3

•    Miłosz Magin 

Toccata from Toccata, Chorale and Fugue


Second Stage

•    Ignacy Jan Paderewski 

Légende in A flat major, Op. 16 No. 1 from Miscellanea. Série de morceaux

•    Józef Wieniawski 

 Polonaise triomphale in A flat major, Op. 21

·    Zygmunt Stojowski 

Vers l'azur, Op. 39 No. 1 from Aspirations

•    Karol Szymanowski

Scheherazade, Op. 34 No. 1 from Masques

•    Miłosz Magin 

Triptyque polonais

I. Mazur

II. Kujawiak

III. Oberek


Final

•    Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17

I. Allegro

II. Romanza (Andante)

III. Allegro molto vivace