Short biography

Wojciech Wisniewski was born in 1981 in Nowa Sól in Poland, where he started playing the piano at the age of seven. He then studied with dr. Krystyna Wójcik in M. Karlowicz Highschool of Music in Poznan. In 2004 he graduated from F. Chopin Academy of Music (Master of Art, Warsaw, Poland), studying with prof. Bronislawa Kawalla, ad. Katarzyna Jankowska and ad. Edward Wolanin.

He obtained Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (2007) at The Australian Institute of Music studying with Phillip Shovk. At present he is a student of Natalia Sheludiakova, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (DMA).

Wojciech Wisniewski has scored numerous successes at music competitions in Poland (Nowa Sol, Second prize 1992; Konin, Distinction 1996; Plock, Third prize Plock; Szafarnia, Special prize 1998; Lodz, First prize 1998). He was selected out of 240 competitors to participate in 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Since his arrival in Australia he performed widely around the country (Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Cooktown, Yungaburra, Canberra and many others). In February and May 2009 Wojciech performed recitals in New Zealand, invited by prof. Jack Richards.

On the 28th of June 2009 Wojciech performed F. Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 in e minor op.11 with Balmain Sinfonia.

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Full Biography

Wojciech Wisniewski born 05.05.1981

Education

  • Grazyna Bacewicz National Music School (1990-1994) Nowa Sól (Poland)
  • Mieczyslaw Karlowicz National Highschool of Music (1994-2000) Poznan (Poland)
  • F. Chopin Academy of Music (2000-2004) Warsaw, Poland
  • The Australian Institute of Music (2004-2008) Sydney, Australia
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2009-2011) Sydney, Australia

Qualifications

  • High school of music Graduation Certificate with Distinction (2000). Professional title of Instrumental Musician specializing in piano playing, in piano class of Dr. Krystyna Wójcik (Mieczyslaw Karlowicz National Highschool of Music)
  • Course of Methodology of Piano Playing (1996-1998) (Mieczyslaw Karlowicz National Highschool of Music)
  • Course of Cembalo Playing (1997-2000) (Mieczyslaw Karlowicz National Highschool of Music)
  • Master of Arts Degree (2004) Diploma of Graduation from Higher Studies, piano class of prof. Bronislawa Kawalla, and ad. Edward Wolanin (Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music)
  • Course of Chamber Music (2001-2003), in class of ad. Katarzyna Jankowska (Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music)
  • Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours (2007) - full scholarship, piano class of Phillip Shovk, ensemble class of Charmane Gadd. (The Australian Institute of Music)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (2009-2011) - currently studying with Natalia Sheludiakova (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Awards

  • Second Prize (1992) at the III National Piano Competition in Nowa Sól (Poland), for pupils of the 1st degree Music School, for the best performance of piano literature piece, in the final stage performed Joseph Vogler C-major Piano Concerto with Zielona Góra Symphony Orchestra
  • Distinction (1996) IX National Piano Competition in Konin (Poland)
  • Third Prize (1996) IV Ludwik Stefanski Piano Competition in Plock (Poland)
  • Special Award (1998) for the best performance of the a-moll Mazurka; VI International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth, Szafarnia (Poland)
  • First Award (1999) VII National Piano Competition in Lódz (Poland)
  • Sydney International Piano Competition (2008); Wojciech was selected out of 240 pianists from all over the world as a one of the 36 participants of the competition

Other experience

Masterclasses and Summer Academies in Poland:
  • Zagan - prof. Maciej Lukaszczyk (Darmstadt, Germany),
  • Gdansk - prof. Waldemar Wojtal,
  • Bialystok - prof. Bronislawa Kawalla,
  • Zamosc - prof. Edward Wolanin,
  • Warszawa - prof. Andrzej Jasinski, prof. Victor Makarov.
Accompanying during Masterclasses:
  • Summer Academy &lsquo From Chopin to Górecki &rsquo, F. Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw (2002 and 2003), he was a pianist in prof. Elizabeth Glauser vocal class (Switzerland),
  • Summer Academy in Zagan 2002, he was a pianist in prof. Kazimierz Michalik cello class.
Wojciech holds also position of Choirmaster and Pianist for the Lithuanian Choir &lsquo Daina &rsquo since 2004.

Concert experience

  • Performances during Expo-Event in Osterode in Germany (1990);
  • Chopin recital in the F.Chopin &rsquo s birth place in Zelazowa Wola, Poland (2001);
  • Chamber Music recital with cellist Bartosz Koziak in Stendal and Hohschule fur Music in Hannover, Germany (2003).
Since his arrival in Australia, Wojciech performed widely around the country:
  • Sydney (Art Gallery of NSW, St Andrews Cathedral, Polish Consulate, Polish Club Ashfield, Lithuanian Club Bankstown etc.,
  • Canberra (Polish Embassy),
  • Melbourne (Lithuanian Choir Festival, and performance with solo singers),
  • Geelong (Lithuanian Choir Festival, and solo performance),
  • Darwin (Solo recital at the Entertainment Center),
  • Cairns (Concert tour with Zhu Wen - violin, Cairns, Yungaburra, Mossman, Cooktown), thanks to Herman Soenario and his Encore Concerts,
  • Cairns (Concert tour with Phillip Shovk - piano, Cairns, Yungaburra, Mossman), thanks to Herman Soenario and his Encore Concerts,
  • Leura.
He also gave several performances in New Zealand:
  • He was invited to perform solo recital for prof. Jack Richards in New Zealand in February 2009.
  • CD recording of music of New Zealand composer Helen Bowater;
  • In May 2009 he performed in Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch.
  • On the 28th of May 2009 he performed F. Chopin Piano Concerto with Balmain Sinfonia conducted by Gary Stavrou.
  • In November 2009 he performed as a part of piano duo with Robert Weatherburn

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