Competition Pianists

Bartłomiej Wezner

Bartłomiej Wezner, born in 1981 in Nysa, graduated from the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the piano class led by Professor Ewa Pobłocka in 2006. In 2002–2004, he was also a student of Professor Jerzy Sulikowski. At the same time, he studied the harpsichord under the supervision of Professor Urszula Bartkiewicz. In 2013, he received his doctoral degree in music, and joined the teaching staff of the same Academy as assistant professor and head of the Department of Piano Chamber Music. He also manages the Paderewski Piano Academy in Bydgoszcz and serves as the artistic director of the Music Festival in Blumwe’s Villa. He has won a number of prizes at international chamber music competitions: St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition in London (2011, 1st prize), Premio Trio in Trieste (2015, 3rd prize), Académie de Musique de Lausanne (2015, prizewinner), the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (2014, prizewinner in the Lied Duo category) and the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (2010, 3rd prize). He has also won best pianist awards at vocal competitions in Warsaw (2007), Katowice (2008), Łódź (2009), Sopot (2010) and Częstochowa (2013). As a soloist, he won the Special Prize at the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2004) and a distinction at the International Janáček Piano Competition in Brno (2008). Bartłomiej Wezner’s performance style has been significantly influenced by master classes with such notable artists as Janoš Starker, Stephen Kovacevich, Raphaël Pidoux (Wanderer Trio), Ewa Podleś, Kevin Kenner, Maja Nosowska and Marcin Sikorski. He has also performed with Vadim Brodsky, Maria Machowska, Joanna Kreft, Agata Schmidt and Ingrida Gápova. Founder of the BMF Piano Trio, the Herbert Piano Trio and the Surrealistic Five. He performs with the family quartet Wezner Ensemble together with his father and siblings. As a harpsichordist, he collaborates with the Capella Bydgostiensis chamber orchestra and the Illo Tempore early music ensemble. He has performed in Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy and the United States. As a soloist, he has given concerts with the Capella Bydgostiensis, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, the Opole Philharmonic, the Lviv National Chamber Orchestra Academy and the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic Orchestra. His scholarships include the Piano Texas Festival and Academy scholarship in Fort Worth (2006, USA), the International Dartington Summer School (2012, UK), the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn (2015, Germany), and the awards from the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship (2011, 2012, 2017) and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (as part of the Young Poland programme, 2012). The pianist is confident in performing both classical repertoire and music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has participated in premiere performances and recordings of compositions by Hanna Kulenty, Zbigniew Bargielski, Roxanna Panufnik, Marcin Masecki and Michał Dobrzyński. His concerts have been broadcast by Polish Radio 2 and the Swiss RTS, while his recordings have been released by such record labels as CdAccord, Dux, Fonoteus and Acte Préalable.

Katarzyna Wieczorek

Katarzyna Wieczorek was born in Jelenia Góra into a family with a long-standing musical tradition. She has won a fair number of awards in national and international piano competitions, such as the Carl Bergemann Sight Reading Competition in 2007, the Marco Polo International Piano Competition and the Chopin Competition for Youth. She studied under the supervision of Prof. Martin Dörrie and Prof. Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School in New York and at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Rheingau Music Festival, the Bastad Chamber Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Beethoven Fest in Bonn and the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Her versatility and commitment to ensemble work has led her to collaborate with many outstanding musicians, including Steven Isserlis, Sol Gabetta, Ana Chumachenko, Julian Rachlin, Grace Bumbry, Guy Braunstein and Nobuko Imai. She has also participated in recordings for the WDR Radio Cologne, the Swiss Radio, the HR Radio, NDR Television, as well as for the special BBC radio series entitled ‘New Generation Artists’. Since 2011 Katarzyna Wieczorek has been a member of the international music organization ‘Rhapsody in School’ founded by Lars Vogt. She is also a founding member of the Limes Piano Trio, whose broad repertoire draws on traditional classical works, but also explores new and extremely rich territories of other musical genres, including jazz and funk. In addition to giving master classes in Europe, Asia and the USA, she also works as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, which she considers her home.