As part of the K’ozzie Fest 2010 Celebrations, look Krzysztof Malek performs Chopin. Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.
- Monday 22 March 7.00 pm.
- Tickets available at “The Fabric Salon”
In association with the Snowy Monaro Arts Council
About Krzysztof Malek:
Krzysztof Malek is a young Polish pianist currently residing in Sydney, Australia. He has graduated with highest distinction for extraordinary artistic achievements from a special ‘Talents School’- the Z. Brzewski State Music High School in Warsaw where he studied with Professor Teresa Manasterska, president of the Polish division of EPTA- European Piano Teachers Association. Krzysztof later became her pupil at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he studied until 2002. He then met and performed for legendary Professor Victor Makarov who had taken up a position as Head of Piano at The Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. A few months later Krzysztof was invited for full scholarship studies with the Professor. After several years due to tragic circumstances Professor Makarov was forced to stop teaching all his students and Krzysztof chose to continue his studies with another piano legend, Professor Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada. He had also taken part in Masterclasses with some of the greatest pedagogues including Victor Merzhanov (Moscow Conservatory), Oxana Yablonskaya (Juilliard School), Vladimir Viardo (Moscow Conservatory), Alexey Orlovetzky (St Petersburg Conservatory), Christopher Elton (Royal Academy of Music, London) and several others.
Krzysztof is a prizewinner at a number of national and international competitions. He had started at an early age of 10 by winning his first national contest, which was soon followed by his debut with an orchestra. In 1997 he was a prizewinner at the Paderewski Competition, in 1999 he received Second Prize at the International Chopin Competition in Vilnius and in 2001 he was awarded First Prize at the International Bacewicz Competition in Lodz. In 2007 he received First Prize and Gold Medal at the Chopin Competition in Sydney.
Since his early successes in piano competitions, Krzysztof Malek has continued to travel and perform around the world. So far music has taken him to nearly twenty countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. He has made a number of archive recordings for radio and television in several countries. He has also played the main role of Frederic in a film about Chopin. In 2007 his first DVD featuring Grieg Piano Concerto was released internationally.
In recognition of his achievements he was awarded the prestigious prize-scholarship by the Polish Ministry of Culture.
In 2008 Krzysztof received a Distinguished Talent Permanent Residency of Australia.
The annual event K’Ozzie Fest will be held from Friday 19 to Monday 22 March this year.
One of the main focuses of this year’s event is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Polish composer, melanoma
Frederic Chopin, herbal
one of the great masters of the Romantic period. The occasion will be marked by presentations of his music during the four-day festival.
Accomplished young pianist, rx
Krzysztof (Chris) Malek, will return to perform, with recitals planned for Jindabyne and for Cooma. Chris began his musical career studying at the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, before undertaking further studies in Canada and Australia. He has performed in almost 20 countries and has made numerous recordings for radio, television and film worldwide – including playing the role of Chopin himself in a motion picture.
Thanks to Australia’s Distinguished Talent Permanent Residency program, Chris has now settled in Australia and will honour the Snowy Mountains by sharing his talents again.
The special closing night performance, held in conjunction with Snowy Monaro Arts Council, will be at 7pm, Monday 22 March, at the Anglican Parish Hall in Cooma. An exhibition of art and photography will be on display at the recital venue, as well. Following the recital, the audience is encouraged to meet the artist himself over wine and nibbles. Apart from great music, atmosphere and company, this will be a wonderful opportunity to sample the flavours of a local drop – ‘Kosciusko Wines’ from Tumbarumba are generously supplying the wines.
Tickets are on sale now from The Fabric Salon –
$15 per Adult
$12 per Concession (Senior/Pensioner) and Arts Council Member
$2 per School Student (Primary and Secondary)
Well priced, high quality entertainment, supporting the Snowy Monaro Arts Council AND the spirit of multiculturalism!