Solo Piano Recital by
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933 – 2010, Poland):
Four Preludes Op. 1 (1955)
Lento – recitativo
Molto allegro quasi presto
Stefan Kisielewski (1911 – 1991, Poland):
Suite for Piano (1955) *
Paweł Mykietyn (b. 1971, Poland):
Four Preludes (1992)
Prelude II. Tranquillo e maestoso
Prelude IV. Prestissimo possibile
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Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz-Reclik (b. 1959, Poland):
Midnight in the Garden of Ryoanji on the Island of Kyoto (2013) *
Dariusz Przybylski (b. 1984, Poland):
Orpheus and Euredice (2005) *
Ryszard Gabryś (b. 1942, Poland):
Frederic’s Glove (2009) *
Artur Cieślak (b. 1968, Poland):
Piano Sonata Post-Neo for the left hand (2013) *
Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil (b. 1947, Poland):
TOCC for piano and audience [or for playing and clapping] (2009) *
* Bulgarian premiere
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This concert has been made possible
thanks to the generous support of:
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Born in Katowice, the pianist Magdalena Lisak is carrying on a family musical tradition. Since a very early age, she has been winning top prizes in national and international competitions. In 1994, she graduated with distinction from the piano class of Prof. Andrzej Jasiński at the “Karol Szymanowski” Academy of Music in Katowice. In that same year, after reaching the semi-final of the “Géza Anda” Competition in Zurich, she was awarded a private grant to continue her studies at the Zurich Conservatory under Homero Francesch. One of her most valuable experiences was a course at the Basel Academy of Music, from 1996 to 1998, under Krystian Zimerman. She has also honed her skills in piano master classes given by Victor Merzhanov and Leon Fleisher, an in chamber music with members of Amadeus Quartet.
Sixth Prize in the 13th International “Fryderyk Chopin” Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1995 opened the door for her to such prestigious concert halls as Hitomi Memorial Hall in Tokyo, Stadtcasino in Basel, Rudolfinum in Prague and National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. She has also taken part in Chopin festivals in Duszniki, La Châtre-Nohant, Mariánské Láznê, Ghent, Geneva and Warsaw (Chopin and His Europe). Her interpretations have been recorded by the German Radio, the Swiss Radio (RSR), the Polish Radio and the Polish Television and also on CD by DUX, Polskie Radio S.A., Polskie Radio Katowice and CD Accord.
Invited by National “Fryderyk Chopin” Institute in Warsaw, she has performed and recorded the works of Chopin on a historical Érard piano. The recordings feature, among others, Fantaisie on Polish Airs, Op. 13 with the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico under Giovanni Antonini and the solo works in the CD series The Real Chopin.
She regularly gives recitals as well as concerts with orchestra and chamber ensembles in Poland and other parts of Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, China and Brazil. She has performed as a soloist with such conductors as Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugała, Tomasz Bugaj, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jerzy Salwarowski, Massimiliano Caldi, Agnieszka Duczmal, Jacques Mercier and Reinbert de Leeuw. She is fascinated by the variety of music trends in the 20th century. In 2000, she performed György Ligeti’s Études with the composer in attendance, who rated her interpretation highly. She has given premiere performances in a number of festivals: the Silesian Days of Contemporary Music in Katowice, the International Cracow Composers’ Festival, the International Festival Laboratory of Contemporary Music in Warsaw and Białystok and the Warsaw Autumn. She has toured the UK twice – in 2005 with The European Union Chamber Orchestra and in 2006 with the Toruń Chamber Orchestra.
She pursues various artistic projects under the aegis of the Silesian Music Society, of which she is founder and chair. Her teaching work includes leading master classes at the Shōwa Academia Musicae in Tokyo, giving lectures at Japanese institutions of higher artistic education and a DVD recording of works for children and youngsters as part of the didactic series The piano: General Method. In addition, she has sat on the jury of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (2010, 2011 and 2012) and the Qualification Committee of the Fifteenth International “Fryderyk Chopin” Piano Competition in Warsaw. Currently, she is professor at “Karol Szymanowski” Academy of Music in Katowice, where she earned the doctorate in arts.