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B i o g r a p h y

Born on 30 December 1988 in a family with long musical traditions. He received his first piano lessons at the age of four from his grandmother, a concert pianist, who remained his mentor until he began his studies. He completed musical primary and secondary schools in Monika Bylica and Wojciech Cieciora classes. At the age of eighteen, he went to Switzerland where in the years 2007 – 2010 he studied in Hochschule der Kunste in Bern in prof. Tomasz Herbut class. From 2010 he studied in Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in prof. Monika Sikorska-Wojtacha and prof. Zbigniew Raubo classes, graduating in 2015. He perfected his skills at numerous virtuoso courses, with such professors as Dina Yoffe, Andrzej Pikul, Maja Nosowska, Lee Kum Sing, Anna Malikova and for several years he also has had private consultations with Eugen Indjic. In 2021 he has received a PhD title with distinction at Krzysztof Penderecki Music Academy in Kraków. His work, written under supervision of prof. Mariusz Sielski, was focused on the legacy of forgotten Russian composer - Alexei Stanchinsky. During his PhD studies, Witold received a research grant for a library inquiry in Moscow where he studied manuscripts of Stanchinsky compositions and consulted with pianists from Moscow State Conservatory - Ekaterina Derzhavina and Alexander Malkus.


He is a scholarship holder of the Swiss Lyra foundation, Polish Ministery of Culture and Heritage and the Polish Bielecki Art foundation. In 2011, he was nominated for the „Artystyczna Nadzieja Miasta Kraków“ title (Artistic Hope of Cracow City). Despite being a winner of piano competitions (Concour Musical de France – Grand Prix, categorie quatre mains, Paris; Premio Accademia Romana - 3rd prize, European Commission special prize, Rome; VI International Chopin Competition – honourably mentioned, Budapest), the idea of competing in art is completely alien to him.


He gives numerous concerts in Poland and abroad (Germany, Hungary, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, France, USA, UK) as a soloist and a chamber musician. He performed, among other things, at „Printemps Musical d'Annecy“, "Accademia Festival" and II Polish Music Festival in Petropavlowsk Khamchatka. For more than thirteen years (2007-2020) he has appeard over 80 times a year in solo Chopin recitals in Kraków, in cooperation with ProArts management.  In 2011, he did a concert tour in France where in addition to recitals he also held master courses in Paris and Chambery. The concerts were followed by another engagements in this country, for instance in the prestigious Musée Grenoble. In 2019 he toured Russia from Moscow to Khamchatka playing both solo and in duo with soprano Łucja Czarnecka.


In 2012 Witold recorded his debut solo CD for Bielecki Art Foundation containing solo works by Paderewski, Bielecki and Chopin. In 2019 next album with complete Karłowicz songs, recorded with soprano Łucja Czarnecka, was released by Music Info. In 2021 Polish biggest label DUX issued his second solo album dedicated to music of Alexei Stanchinsky. In 2021 Witold has made his debut symphonic recording playing Stojowski 2nd Piano Concerto with Iuventus Orchestra under Marek Wroniszewski, yet again for DUX label. This album got excellent reviews in world press  (for example it was chosen recording of the month by MusicWeb) and received a nomination for International Classical Music Award 2023 prize.


He cooperates with numerous artists and ensambles. Among them are Łucja Czarnecka (soprano), Janusz Ratajczak (tenor), Małgorzata Ratajczak (soprano), Julia Malik (soprano, cello), Jacek Szymik (clarinette), Zbigniew Stępniak (bas profondo) and Krakow Salon Orchestra. He has also shared stage with orchestras Giardino d'Amore, Toruń Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Iuventus led by conductors Marta Gardolińska, Anna Duczmal-Mróz and Marek Wroniszewski.


Witold is a keen pedagogue, accompanist and a coach, working currently on all educational levels, from primary school to the academy. He works as a collaborative pianist and piano tutor at Krzysztof Penderecki Music Academy in Kraków.

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