Talented Polish pianist Michał Drewnowski presents to the London audience two virtually unknown Polish composers who would deserve better: Tadeusz Majersky (1888–1963) and Mariusz Dubaj (1958-). In the second half of Drewnowski’s recital listeners will enjoy Chopin’s music through the lenses of a 20th century perspective by other Polish composers. Majerski’s music, explains Michał, “incorporates elements of Szymanowski’s impressionism, Schoenberg’s dodecaphony and Karłowicz’s late Romanticism”.

Programme:

T.Majerski: La musique oubliée
Mariusz Dubaj: Sonata per pianoforte (1983)
Chopin, 3 Mazurche op.63, Barcarolle op.60, 4 Mazurche op.33, Scherzo No 2 in Si b minore

Michał Drewnowski

Piano

Michał Drewnowski was born in 1977 in Warsaw and started to play the piano at the age of 8. He studied at the Academy of Music in Lodz with his father Marek Drewnowski and later continued his education at Geneva Conservatory of Music with Dominique Merlet and Pascal Devoyon.

Michal Drewnowski participated in numerous piano masterclasses conducted by eminent pianists: Naum Shtarkmann, Milosz, Magin, Fou T’soung, Rudolf Kehrer and Eugen Indjic.

Michal Drewnowski performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Denmark and Germany. He played with orchestras in Poland and abroad, under such conductors as Emilian Madey, Tadeusz Kozlowski, Monika Wolińska, Stanislav Oushev, Ruben Silva, Alessandro Tortato, Emil Tabakov, Massimiliano Caldi among others. His most important performances include concerts at festivals such as Passage Warsaw, Salon of the Arts in Sofia, the Festival Musicale di Norcia (Italy), Varna Summer Festival (Bulgaria), Cracow Music Spring, Warsaw Music Encounters, Chopin Festival in Geneva, Keminklavier in Kemi (Finland), Bolzano Piano Festival (italy), etc. He performed in venues such as Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Gianicolo in Rome, Steinway Kammersal in Copenhagen, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona.

Michal Drewnowski’s discography includes recordings for: GEGA NEW, DUX Record, PRO ART (works for piano and orchestra by Tadeusz Trojanowski), and Toccataclassics (Concerto-Poem by Tadeusz Majerski with Royal Scottish National Orchestra).

Michal promotes unknown but remarkable Polish composers, such as Ludwik Grossmann, Jadwiga Sarnecka, Stefan Kisielewski, Tadeusz Majerski., and others, and is the co-founder and artistic director of Radio Philharmonic Orchestra New Art since 2009. He teaches piano performance at the Academy of Music in Lodz.