11th International Festival The Pearl of Baroque- Masters’ Concerts
2018 The Pearl of Baroque Festival will present a concert DEBUTS 2018 for the first time. Its mission is promoting young talented musicians especially Polish gifted youth. Artistic world is- contrary to appearances – quite brutal and undoubtedly every chance given to young people at the beginning of their career- is meaningful. The Pearl of Baroque Festival will be, from now on, an active participant of this support.
For the first time at the end of summer, for the first time six concerts, for the first time a ticketed concert, for the first time THE DEBUTS. To this historical concert, launching a new event series in our festival. I let myself invite Jan Wachowski – a young prize-winning pianist and composer, a winner of, among others, the International Consonant Chamber Music Composition Contest “Cum Laude Music Awards” in Madrid (2017), and 21st International Pietro Argento Piano Competition in Bari, Italy.
Jan Wachowski – 7 Preludes for piano
2. Adagio – Andante
4. Presto con fuoco
5. Adagio e molto affettuoso
7. Con moto e amoroso
Juliusz Zarębski – Polonaise Op. 6
Jan Wachowskiis nineteen-year-old Polish pianist and composer. He has begun playing the piano since he was 6 years old and composing the music since he was 12 years old. In 2017 he graduated with distinction Elsner’s Secondary Music School in Warsaw guided by his piano teacher Maria Palmowska-Guz. The same year he started to study at the Fryderyk Chopin’s University of Music in Warsaw the piano faculty in professor Elżbieta Karaś- Krasztel class and simultaneously the composition under the guidness of professor Paweł Łukaszewski.
Jan has already given various pianistic performances on such concert halls as: Forbidden City Central Hall in Beijing (China), Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Philharmonic in Szczecin (60 minutes piano recital) in Poland, Hochschule für Music und Theater in Hamburg (Germany), Royal Castle in Warsaw (Poland), Birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin in Żelazowa Wola (Poland), Centrall Hall of National Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice (Poland), Krzysztof Penderecki European Center of Music (ECM) in Lusławice (Poland) or Teatro Rossini in Gioia del Colle (Italy).
In 2016 Jan was a participant of XX International Morningside Music Bridge Program and his performance of Ferenc Liszt’s „Waldesrauschen” was released on the jubilee CD album of this program. Jan was developing his pianistic skills on many mastercourses with such teachers as: Maciej Łukaszczyk, Philippe Giusiano, Wojciech Świtała, Józef Stompel, Krzysztof Jabłoński, David Moroz, Mariola Cieniawa. In 2017 Jan extended his pianistic skills on historical instruments under the guidness of Tobias Koch, Geoffrey Govier, Katarzyna Drogosz and Marek Bracha at Ist edition of Academy of Historical Instruments in ECM in Lusławice.
Jan is laureate of international and national piano and composition competitions such as: in 2018 - 1st Prize on XXI Pietro Argento International Piano Competition in Barii (Italy) in Pianistic Performance category (up to 37 years), in 2017 - 1st Prize and Grand Prix at V National Piano Competition in Szczecin (Poland), 2nd Prize at IVth International Subcarpathian Chopin Piano Competition in Rzeszów (Poland), in 2016 - 1st Prize and Special Prize of National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio at 3rd National Chamber Music Competition in Warsaw.
Jan composed around 30 pieces, which contain piano works, chamber and orchestra. As a composer he received numerous awards. In 2017 his Piano Quintet was one of the winning works (from over 120 countries participants) at the International Chamber Music Composition Competition Cum Laude Music Awards in Madrid (Spain) and was named „Best Classical Contemporary Work for Piano Quintet”. In July 2018 was World Premiere Recording on „In Crescendo” CD in Europe, USA and Canada. Also in 2016 he received Second Prize and Audience Prize at XVIII National Chamber Music Composers Contest for Piano Trio composition “when The Mind Sleeps...” and in 2015 Third Prize, Musicians Prize and Audience Prize at XVII National Chamber Music Composers Contest for Piano Quartet composition “Tempus Fugit”.
In 2016-2017 he was a participant of Talented Youth’s Foundation Program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland.
Jan’s aim is to unite piano and composition.