Grzegorz Niemczuk - biography

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Mr. Niemczuk’s playing was notable for its fluidity, extremely wide dynamic range — from resounding fortissimos to whisper-soft pianissimos, variety of tone colors, and dazzling virtuosity.Michael Sherwin, The Epoch Times, New York
He is a truly wonderful talent and a most exciting artist. Jerome Rose
He enchants with his technical proficiency and unusual impetuosity of playing. He rivets audience's attention with his emotional depth and passion of his interpretations. muzeum-saturn.czeladz.pl
The audience is drawn to his pianism and simply likes him immediately. He wins the public's hearts through his accessibility, great care of playing, diversity of sound and colours, effectiveness of articulation, and niuances of expression. Ryszard Gabryś

Grzegorz Niemczuk has already enjoyed a successful career as a concert pianist having performed internationally over the past 11 years. He has traveled the world and given more than 350 recitals and concerts in 30 different countries on all 6 continents. His interpretations of F.Chopin's music were placed in 2017 by the National Polish Radio together with those by Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Adam Harasiewicz. His career has brought him to many important concert halls in the world: Carnegie Hall in New York, Steinway Hall in New York, Yamaha Artist Services in Paris, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Puccini in Milano, Teatro Civico in Vercelli, Busan Cultural Center in Busan, South Korea, Teatro Sergio Cardoso in São Paulo, Capela Santa Maria in Curitiba, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Lee Foundation Theater and Botanic Gardens in Singapore and many others in cities like Addis-Abeba, Daegu, Genève, Porto Alegre, Florianopolis, Oslo, Napoli, Shanghai, Trieste, Weimar, Sofia, Vilnius, Zanzibar, Warsaw and many others.

Niemczuk's vast repertoire spans more than 150 solo pieces and 28 piano concerti ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary era. His particular specialty is the Romantic period. During the last few seasons Grzegorz Niemczuk made his debuts as a soloist with a few orchestras, including Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra (Ravel Piano concerto for the left hand and Wojciech Kilar 1st Piano Concerto), New York Concerti Sinfonietta (Chopin 2nd Piano Concerto), Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica (Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto), The Silesian Philharmonics in Katowice (Liszt 2nd Piano Concerto), Busan Philharmonic Orchestra (E.Grieg Piano Concerto), Tokyo Mozart Virtuoso Orchestra (Mozart Piano Concerto K. 537 "Coronation"), The Symphony Orchestra of Lower Silesia (Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor). He has performed as a soloist under the baton of such conductors as: Paul Hostetter, Mitsuyoshi Oikawa, Jose Flores, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Szymon Bywalec, Jan Wincenty Hawel, Maja Metelska, Dariusz Mikulski, Paweł Przytocki, Monika Wolińska, Bohdan Jarmołowicz.

The season 2015/2016 brought to Mr. Niemczuk's artistic life many exciting concert tours: Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania (Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam), Curaçao, Jamaica, Norway, Brazil and Peru. In the year 2017 Grzegorz Niemczuk performs in Poland, Norway, Brazil, Jamaica, Ecuador, Colombia and Japan.

Grzegorz Niemczuk is the winner of many music competitions notably the 2013 International Carnegie Hall Concerto Debut Competition in New York City and the 40th National Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010). He is also the finalist and the winner of Special Prize at the 2016 Busan Maru International Music Festival. Apart from that he also won top prizes in other music competitions in Italy (Trieste, Piove di Sacco), Belgium (Waterloo), New York (IKIF), Bulgaria (Varna) and Poland (Warsaw, Lodz, Konin).

Born in Poland, Niemczuk graduated with the highest distinction from K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of renowned Professor Józef Stompel (Prizewinner of Enescu Competition in Bucureşti and International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960). He continued his piano studies in New York City, Mannes College (International Keyboard Institute and Festival 2008, 2009, 2011) where his teachers were such artists as Menahem Pressler (Indiana University), Philippe Entremont, Joaquín Achúcarro (Meadows School of the Arts), David Dubal (The Juilliard School), Jerome Rose (Mannes College), Choong-Mo Kang (The Juilliard School), and Yuan Sheng (Central Conservatory of Music – Beijing). He has also attended many masterclasses where he has collaborated with many great artists such as: Krystian Zimerman (2005), Peter Donohoe (2006), Andrzej Jasiński (2006), Alexey Orlovetsky (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Dang Thai Son (2009,2016), Pietro de Maria (2010), Claudio Martinez Mehner (2010, 2012), Emanuele Arciuli (2012), Hamish Milne (2012), Michel Béroff (2012), Arie Vardi (2012, 2013), Klaus Hellwig (2010), Angela Hewitt (2012). Between 2009 and 2012 he stayed under the artistic care of teacher and mentor Jeffrey Swann (New York Steinhardt University).

Grzegorz Niemczuk has received many honorable awards in his home country including from Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture and the President of the city of Tychy and currently serves on the piano faculty of the Silesian University in Katowice since October 2011. His students are winners of international piano competitions in Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Croatia and France. He is already invited to present masterclasses in many music universities including the Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo, Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil, Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil, The Nanyang Academy of Art in Singapore, The Edna Manley College of Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, The Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru.

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm, 
and gaiety to life and to everything.
Plato