International Piano Masterclasses 2015
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prof. Wojciech ŚwitałaWOJCIECH ŚWITAŁA - graduate of Professor Józef Stompel's piano class at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In the years 1991-1996 he perfected his performing skills under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, André Dumortier and Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. Prizewinner of the International Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud Piano Competition in Paris and Montreal. He was the best Polish contestant of the 12th International F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, where he was granted the prize for the best performance of polonaise and a number of non-statutory prizes.

Soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in various venues across Europe, North and South America. He has collaborated with most Polish symphony orchestras, the Aukso Orchestra, the Silesian Quartet, the Camerata Quartet, Royal String Quartet, as well as violinists Szymon Krzeszowiec and Piotr Pławner, and soprano Ewa Iżykowska. He has made about a dozen of recordings for such labels as Polskie Nagrania, Bearton, DUX, Sony Music Polska, IMC and Chandos, featuring works of Bacewicz, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann, Szymanowski and Zarębski. In the years 2000 and 2005, his recordings were granted the Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, and in 2002 and 2009 - the Fryderyk Polish Music Award.

Since 1998 he has been engaged in teaching. In the years 2008-2012 he served as Deputy Dean for Academic and Teaching Affairs at the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. In the years 2012-2016 he headed the Piano Department at the same school. Juror of international piano competitions, including the M. Long and J. Thibaud Competition in Paris (2009), F. Chopin Competition in Warsaw (2015), V. Horowitz Competition in Kiev (2016,2019), A. Rubinstein Competition in Beijing (2016), and I. J. Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz (2010,2013). He regularly offers piano workshops at home and abroad. Originator and main organizer, (till 2017), of the International Piano Masterclasses in Katowice. In 2014, he was appointed member of the Programme Board of the F. Chopin National Institute.