GRZEGORZ NIEMCZUK, PIANO
Grzegorz Niemczuk has already enjoyed a successful career as a concert pianist, having performed internationally over the past 12 years. He has traveled the world and given more than 350 recitals and concerts in 32 different countries on all 6 continents. His career has brought him to many important concert halls in the world: Carnegie Hall in New York, Steinway Hall in New York, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Yamaha Artist Services in Paris, Teatro Puccini in Milan, Teatro Civico in Vercelli, Busan Cultural Center in Busan, South Korea, Teatro Sergio Cardoso in São Paulo, Capela Santa Maria in Curitiba, Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa (Peru), Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Lee Foundation Theater and Botanic Gardens in Singapore, as well as Addis-Abeba, Daegu, Geneva, Lima, Porto Alegre, Florianopolis, Oslo, Naples, Shanghai, Trieste, Weimar, Sofia, Vilnius, Zanzibar, Warsaw and many others cities.
Niemczuk's vast repertoire spans more than 150 solo pieces and 28 piano concerti, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary era. His particular specialty is the Romantic period. During just the last few seasons, Grzegorz Niemczuk has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra (Grieg Piano Concerto), Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra (Ravel Piano concerto for the left hand and Wojciech Kilar 1st Piano Concerto), New York Concerti Sinfonietta (Chopin 2nd Piano Concerto), Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica (Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto), The Silesian Philharmonics in Katowice (Liszt 2nd Piano Concerto), Tokyo Mozart Virtuoso Orchestra (Mozart Piano Concerto K. 537 "Coronation"), and The Symphony Orchestra of Lower Silesia (Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor).
The season 2015/2016 brought many exciting concert tours to Mr. Niemczuk’s artistic life: Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania (Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam), Curaçao, Jamaica, Norway, Brazil and Peru. In the year 2017, Grzegorz Niemczuk performs in Poland, Norway, Brazil, Jamaica, Ecuador, Colombia and Japan.
Grzegorz Niemczuk is the winner of numerous music competitions, most notably the 2013 International Carnegie Hall Concerto Debut Competition in New York, and the 40th National Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010). He was also a finalist and the winner of the Special Prize at the 2016 Busan Maru International Music Festival. In addition to this, he has won top prizes in other music competitions in Italy (Trieste, Piove di Sacco), Belgium (Waterloo), New York (IKIF), Bulgaria (Varna) and Poland (Warsaw, Lodz, Konin).
Born in Poland, Niemczuk graduated with the highest distinction from the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, in the class of the renowned professor Józef Stompel (Prizewinner of Enescu Competition in Bucureşti and International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960). He continued his piano studies in New York, Mannes College (International Keyboard Institute and Festival 2008, 2009, 2011) where his teachers were such artists as Menahem Pressler (Indiana University), Philippe Entremont, Joaquín Achúcarro (Meadows School of the Arts), David Dubal (The Juilliard School), Jerome Rose (Mannes College), Choong-Mo Kang (The Juilliard School), and Yuan Sheng (Central Conservatory of Music – Beijing). Between 2009 and 2012 he stayed under the artistic care of teacher and mentor Jeffrey Swann (New York Steinhardt University).
Grzegorz Niemczuk has received many honorable awards in his home country, among others from the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture and the President of the city of Tychy. Since 2011, he has served on the piano faculty of the Silesian University in Katowice, and his students are winners of several international piano competitions in Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Croatia and France. He has already been invited to present masterclasses in many music universities, including the Norwegian State Academy of Music, The University of Agder in Kristiansand, Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil, Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil, The Nanyang Academy of Art in Singapore, The Edna Manley College of Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, and The Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru.