Krzysztof Książek

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Krzysztof Książek
Born (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 26)
Kraków
Poland
GenresClassical music
Occupation(s)
Years active(2001 – present)
Websitekrzysztofksiążek.com

Krzysztof Książek (born 5 August 1992) is a Polish classical pianist from Krakow, he is a winner of highest prizes at national and international piano competitions.

His nomation is Polityka Passport Award for Classical Music. Since 2005, he has trained with Stefan Wojtas, first at music secondary school, now as a student of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

He has won prizes in Polish and international competitions, including the Ricard Vines in Leida, Spain, the Lviv international competitions in Ukraine, the "Città di Avezzano" in Italy (2011, First Prize) and the Polish Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2011, Third Prize; 2015, Second Prize ex aequo), XV International Pianist Ricard Vines (Lleida, Spain 2009), The International Chopin Piano Competition (Lviv, Ukraine 2010), VI Concorso Internazionale Pianistico "Citta di Avezzano" (Avezzano, He participated in the 67th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, the 18th International Festival of Young Winners of Silesian Music Contests, 5th National Promotion Festival "August Talents". He is a scholarship recipient of the "Sapere Auso" Malopolska Foundation, the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Pro Musica Bona Foundation. His nationality is Polish.

On his preliminary round he was admitted as ex-aequo winner of the 2nd Prize on the 2015 Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He was stopped in the third stage of the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Although Krzysztof Książek was not qualified for the finals of the Chopin Competition, Andrzej Sułek believes that his name may return to the competition in those days.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Krzysztof Książek, born on the fifth of August, 1992 in Kraków in the Southern of Poland, was a semi-finalist and recipient of two additional prizes at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

Start learning piano (2001)[edit]

He began his musical education at the age of nine in the piano class of Grażyna Hesko-Kołodzińska at the Stanisław Wiechowicz State Primary School of Music in Kraków (2001). Between 2005 and 2016, he studied with Professor Stefan Wojtas, first as a student of the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary School of Music in Kraków, subsequently at the Academy of Music in Kraków (bachelor’s degree) and finally at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, from which he graduated in 2016.

He is currently continuing studies with Professor Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

Competitions[edit]

Książek has won some of the most prestigious prizes in Polish and international competitions, including: the 10th Ludwig Stefański and Halina Czerny-Stefańska Piano Competition – 1st Prize, the Grand Prix, a special prize for the best performance of Chopin’s works, and an award from the Japanese group of sponsors Kigoukai, in the form of a concert in Japan (Płock 2008); the International Chopin Piano Competition – 1st Prize, the Grand Prix, and a special prize (Lviv, Ukraine 2010); the 2nd American Paderewski Piano Competition – 2nd Prize, and a special prize for the performance of Paderewski’s piece (Los Angeles, USA 2013); the 9th International Paderewski Piano Competition – a special prize for the best Pole qualifying for the semi-finals or finals of the competition (Bydgoszcz 2013); the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition – 1st Prize and a special prize (Warsaw 2013); and the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition – 2nd Prize (Warsaw 2015); Concours International de Piano de l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc – 3rd Prize (Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco 2016).

The artist performed at the 67th and 69th International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, the 18th "Silesia" International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions in Katowice, and the 2nd Premia Festival of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź. He has performed in Japan, Russia, Great Britain, Germany,[France, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, the United States, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. He holds scholarships from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Pro Musica Bona Foundation, and the Young Poland programme. In the years 2005–2011, he was supported by the Polish Children’s Fund. In March 2014, he received a Krystian Zimerman scholarship.

Książek’s interests also include classical music and chamber music, which he has studied under the tutelage of Professor Kaja Danczowska, Justyna Danczowska, and Associate Professor Sławomir Cierpik. He performs in a piano duo with his wife Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Ksiażek.

CD[edit]

In November 2016 a CD was released with Fryderyk Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 performed by Krzysztof Książek with the Santander Orchestra under the baton of José Maria Florêncio. In the autumn of 2017, Krzysztof Książek's solo album of Fryderyk Chopin's works will be released.

Krzysztof Książek is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.

Chopin Competition 2015[edit]

Krzysztof Książek attended Chopin Competition 2015 since April. On his preliminary round he was admitted as ex-aequo winner of the 2nd Prize on the 2015 Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw so he didn't need to perform in preliminary.

Krzysztof Książek's competitions and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Krzysztof Książek – Życie i twórczość | Twórca". Culture.pl. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  • "Un Chopin céleste par Krzysztof Książek « À Emporter « ResMusica". resmusica.com. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  • "Wyborcza.pl". wyborcza.pl. Retrieved 2017-08-06.

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