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STANISLAW DRZEWIECKI - young Polish pianist

(pronounced DJEH - VIETS - KEY , the first sound is as in "JUNGLE" with the full surname accented on the middle sound)

Stanislaw Drzewiecki at the age of six, had his first concert tour in Japan while appearing with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra conducted by Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach. The following year witnessed his Polish Television debut at Warsaw’s Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio performing in concerts again with the same renowned ensemble under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak. “Stas” – as the now 18 year-old is familiarly known, is the laureate of many prestigious awards, among which are: the Grand Prix Award - European Television Competition (1999) in Alicante, the 10th Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Musicians (2000) in Bergen, viewed by 10th million people; and he is the youngest laureate ever accorded the “Paszport Polityki” Award. Appearing as soloist, he has already toured with the St. Petersburg Orchestra in Japan, the Wroclaw Orchestra in the USA, the Bialystok Orchestra in Belgium, and with both the Silesian Philharmonic and Hanseatica Chamber Orchestra of Gdansk in The Netherlands.

Since his initial, early performances he has appeared in many of the world’s famous concert venues including those in: London (Victoria & Albert Museum), Bergen (The Grieg Hall), Tallinn (Estonia Hall), Vienna (Schőnbrunn Palace), Mexico City (Palacio de Bellas Artes), Canada (Queen Elizabeth Hall - Vancouver, Winspear Centre - Edmonton), the United States (Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, Chicago Symphony Hall,Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center – Philadelphia, Gusman Hall- Miami) and Japan (Opera City Concert Hall, and Orchard Hall - Tokyo, Minato Mira - Yokohama). On January 26, 2003 a 15 year-old Stanislaw Drzewiecki performed with great success in the world’s unquestionably most prestigious venue - Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) in New York, and received enthusiastic reactions from both the audience and musical critics.

Darrell Rosenbluth from New York Concert Review, wrote:

“...As though refreshed by the audience’s tumultuous reception of the Chopin group, Mr. Drzewiecki brought down the house with Liszt’s “Six Grand Etudes Apres Paganini”. Violinists, eat your hearts out!...”.

Roman Markowicz (Polish Daily News) comments:

“...What is impressive in Drzewiecki’s playing from the very beginning is mainly a gorgeous sound which he can bring out of the instrument as well as similarly a nicely shaped phrase. I could sense the elegance and ease in his playing that bring to mind the greatest pianists in history. It was now a masterly version that we had not heard for a long time at this or other stages in New York!”

The multi-lingual artist, fluent in English, has been honored with invitations enabling him to perform in concerts inaugurating a number of prestigious cultural events: the concert season in Basel, Chopin Festival in Canada, Europalia – Poland 2001 in Belgium, Days of Polish Music 2002 in Austria, Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier, Denmark Radio Festival in Copenhagen, 6th Festival Cultural de Mayo at Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara with the Filarmonica de Jalisco under Maestro Fernando Lozano. In 2004 he opened the concert season with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra at Sapporo Concert “Kitara” Hall, Japan. In February 2005 he performed with the same orchestra in Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo led by Alexander Lazariev, as part of the concert series there presenting some of the world’s most outstanding conductors.

The youthful Polish pianist’s present repertoire includes 18 piano concertos, his performances of which have featured such prominent conductors as Simon Young /Australia/, Jose Cura /Argentina/, Vladimir Kiradijew /Bulgaria/, Jury Alperten /Estonia/, Philippe Jordan /France/, Justus Frantz, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Michael Zilm /German/, Fernando Lozano /Mexico/, Andrey Anikhanov, Alexander Lazariev, Leonid Nikolayev /Russia/, Albert Kaiser, Bruno Goetze /Switzerland/, Tatsunori Numajiri /Japan/, Victoria Zhadko, Nicolai Dyadiura /Ukraine/, Eduard Schmieder, Peter Dabrowski /USA/ and well over two dozen other podium figures.

Stanislaw Drzewiecki released his first CD at the age of ten (Piano Concertos- Bach, Mozart, Beethoven). A subsequent two CD’s were nominated for a Fryderyk Award in 1998, 1999 and 2000. His fourth CD with Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor and 12 Etudes, recorded with Sinfonia Varsovia and Grzegorz Nowak in 2000, has gained “gold” status. Accompanied again by Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Michael Zilm, his latest recording project, a tenth CD featuring Mozart’s Piano Concertos for one, two and three pianos, has been produced in the Super Audio CD system. In 2002 he signed with the Sony Classical label for Poland. Other labels include DUX, Polish Radio and GHP Japan.

In 2003, “Stas” made his debut as a composer by writing incidental music, commissioned by the Lalka Theatre in Warsaw, for the play The King of Alders based on the ballad by J. W. Goethe. In March 2005, his latest piece Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra was premiered in Poland. The artist is currently a student at Warsaw ‘s Music Academy with Andrzej Jasinski. Typical of any teen-aged youth, he has a wide array of non-musical interests, such as diving, aviation, and plane modelling-work, distinguishing himself with some achievements even in those fields.

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