Piotr Paleczny Professor, Piano
One of the most outstanding Polish pianists and professors, laureate of five international piano competitions, Piotr Paleczny completed his piano studies at the Frederick Chopin Music University in Warsaw, in the class of prof. Jan Ekier. The opportunity of having artistic contact with Arthur Rubinstein and Witold Lutoslawski also had a huge impact on the final development of his artistic personality.
His success achieved at the 8th Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition opened the doors of many prestigious world concert halls to Piotr Paleczny. In this competition he was awarded, together with Garrick Ohlsson and Mitsuko Uchida, the Third Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a Polonaise and the Witold Małcużyński Prize.
He performed as a soloist with such prominent orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, RAI, Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, and Orquesta Nacional de España, to name just a few.
He has performed in prestigious concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall and the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Festspielhaus in Salzburg.
He has held master classes in New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Fort Worth, Bordeaux, Paris, Seoul, Beijing, Brescia, Madrid, Amsterdam, Hamamatsu, Montevideo, Mexico City, and many others.
Mr Paleczny has gained great recognition as a juror at prestigious international piano competitions such as those organized in Warsaw (eight last editions of the Chopin Competition), Leeds, Montreal, Moscow (Tchaikovsky - in 2002 and 2019), Paris, A.Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, London, Cleveland, Geneve, Hamamatsu, Toronto, Tokyo, Takamatsu, Seoul, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Santander, Sendai, Taipei, Weimar, Manchester, Shenzhen, Los Angeles, Hilton Head, etc.
In July 2007, he led the Jury works at the prestigious piano competition in Cleveland, thus he was the first and only Pole invited to fulfill the function of Jury Chairman at a major USA international piano competition.
On 5 November 2001, Piotr Paleczny was invited to be a soloist of the extraordinary Gala Concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1993 he has been Artistic Director of the world's oldest existing piano festival, the Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, and since 2004 he has also served as the Artistic Director of the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz.
In 2015 the National F.Chopin Institute has released a highly awaited CD recorded by Piotr Paleczny, an all-Chopin recital that became a huge success among critics and the audience.
Piotr Paleczny conducts the piano class at the Frederick Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. His students have won dozens of awards at the most important international and national piano competitions. He is also a Professor at the Talent Music Academy in Brescia, Italy, as well as a member of the executive committee of the International Pianists Association.
Mr Paleczny is honored with many superior and prestigious Polish and foreign states decorations, such as the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca.
In September 2005, Piotr Paleczny was awarded the highest Polish artistic distinction: Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.
In March 2017, Piotr Paleczny was awarded the "Diploma and Title of Honorary Professor "of the F.Chopin University of Music. In April 2017, the Board of the Polish Phonographic Academy, in recognition of his artistic achievements, awarded him with the prestigious 'Golden Fryderyk' Award.
In 2018, he received an extraordinary and unique prize - The C.K. Norwid Award "Work of Life." In 2019, the Government of Japan awarded him one of the highest Japanese honors: the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Ribbon.