WEDNESDAY 14. AUGUST at 7.30 pm
Grzegorz Niemczuk

It’s not common for a Polish master pianist, who knows Chopin better than most of us, to suddenly get involved with a composer from Bergen, namely Harald Sæverud. But that’s exactly what Grzegorz Niemczuk has done. In a very delicately put together program, Niemczuk will serve you a brilliant Chopin, a beloved Grieg, and a taste of his latest affair, Harald Sæverud. Enjoy!

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H. SÆVERUD (1897-1992)
Rondo amoroso Op 14a No 7
Kjempeviseslåtten Op 22 No 5

F. CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Sonata No 2 B flat minor “Funeral March Sonata”
Ballade No 1 in g minor Op 23
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante 3

E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
„Jeg elsker dig” Op 5 No 3
Lyric Pieces Op 12

Grzegorz Niemczuk is regarded as one the most interesting and outstanding Polish artists of ... his generation — in 2017 the National Polish Radio placed his interpretations of Chopin's music next to Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Adam Harasiewicz.

During the last 14 years he has performed over 400 recitals and concerts in 31 different countries on all 6 continents. Admired for his sensitivity, poetry, beautiful sound and passionate virtuosity, he has become a favourite with audiences and critics alike, especially in Europe, Asia and South America. He has appeared in such concert halls as: Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Kioi Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, Sapporo Education and Culture Hall, Hakodate Performing Arts Center, Beijing Concert Hall, Changsha Concert Hall, Xiamen University Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Teatro Sucre in Cuenca, Teatro Centro del Arte in Guayaquil, Centro Cultural in Lima, Peru, Tsarskoye Selo in Russia, Teatro Puccini in Milan, Teatro Civico in Vercelli, Busan Cultural Center in Busan, Teatro Sergio Cardoso, Centro Cultural in São Paulo, Yamaha Artist Services in Paris, Conservatoire Musique, Danse & Theatre in Orleans, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and many others.

His collaborations with orchestras have included appearances with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Tokyo Mozart Virtuoso Orchestra, Polish Philharmonic, Sinfonia Baltica, The Silesian Philharmonics in Katowice, The Symphony Orchestra of Lower Silesia and many others.

His solo debut performance in Tokyo in July 2017 was a spectacular success, described in the “Chopin Magazine” as a "performance with firm structure, and beautifully solid in expressing the essence of the story, virtuosity and agitation, transmitting the nuances of changing the light and shadow as well as the poetic tune of mind". He immediately became a favourite of the Japanese audience, and was invited back in August 2017, January and November 2018, and March and April 2019. His Carnegie Hall debut (with Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto) was described by The Epoch Times as "full of fluidity, extremely wide dynamic range — from resounding fortissimos to whisper-soft pianissimos, variety of tone colours, and dazzling virtuosity". His future engagements include concert tours in Norway (May 2019, October 2019), Japan (March, April 2019, March 2020), South America (Autumn 2019), and China (June, November 2019). Niemczuk's vast repertoire spans more than 200 solo pieces and 30 piano concerti, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary era. His particular specialty is the Romantic period.

Grzegorz Niemczuk is the prizewinner of many international piano competitions, notably a winner of the 2013 International Carnegie Hall Concerto Debut Competition in New York City and the 40th National Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010). He has received many honourable awards in his home country, including awards from the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Culture. In addition to his performing career, he is also a dedicated pedagogue and currently serves on the piano faculty of the Silesian University in Katowice, Poland. In October 2017 he earned his PhD in the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. His students are winners of international piano competitions in Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Croatia and France. He has also been invited to present masterclasses and lectures in many music universities, including the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, The University of Agder in Kristiansand (Norway), Sapporo Conservatory (Japan), Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis (Brazil), Federal University in Porto Alegre (Brazil), The Nanyang Academy of Art in Singapore, The Edna Manley College of Performing Arts in Kingston (Jamaica), The Conservatory of Music in Lima (Peru), Universidad Católica in Quito (Ecuador), and the Changde University (China).

Concert Info
Grzegorz Niemczuk, piano

Wednesday 14. August
at 7.30 pm

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Ticket Info
Student NOK 230
Child NOK 230
Bergen Card 230
BT Card 230

2-course dinner COD - NOK 586
2-course dinner SALMON- NOK 596

NB! At Concert Day, Dine & Concert must be purchased BEFORE 12 AM.
Dine & Concert Menu
with fried fresh vegetables, grilled lime and lime Kesam
in creamy tomato sauce with baked plum tomatoes, small potatoes and fried kale mix
Chocolate mousse

Choose between cod or salmon, and dinner before or after concert.

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