Open day

The open day is for anyone interested in music. On 2 September, admission to the instrument exhibition will be free of charge, and in addition there will be educational seminars and concerts by young pianists.
The partner of the open day is the Sfogato Music and Art Society.

History and construction of the piano with examples of the original models of the mechanism and the Lego piano model

What does a piano look like and how is it built? Using the world’s first playing Lego piano as an example, we will discuss the history and construction of the piano. The Lego Ideas Piano (21323), which has a detachable keyboard with 25 keys, realistic functioning hammers, movable dampers and pedal and motor, will be used for the presentation. Consisting of 3662 bricks, the piano is approximately 22.5 cm high, 30.5 cm wide and 35.5 cm deep.

Marta Polańska – pianist, chamber musician, pedagogue. She was born on 19 June 1984 in Kraków, in a family of academics. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków at the Instrumental Department. She studied with Maria Szylska-Kaszycka, Irena Rolanowska, among others, prof. dr hab. Andrzej Pikul and Prof. Dr. Mirosław Herbowski. She has participated in demonstration lessons and solo and chamber music masterclasses given by eminent professors: Bronisława Kawalla, Andrzej Pikul, Paweł Skrzypek, Roberto Prosseda, Altenberg Trio, Tadeusz Gadzina, Daniel Stabrawa… She has recorded Chopin’s works for TVP Kraków and, together with her brother Marek (violinist) as Polanski Duo, has given several world premieres, including compositions dedicated to them as part of: International Days of Music by Krakow Composers, Sfogato International Music and Art Festival and the International Audio Art Festival. She has given concerts in Poland, Switzerland, Romania, Germany, Italy and Austria. She holds a scholarship from the City of Kraków, she is a laureate of the Award of the Mayor of Wieliczka City and Municipality, she is the founder and president of the Sfogato Music and Art Society, as well as the originator and artistic director of the festivals organised by the Society: the Sfogato International Music and Art Festival, and the Piano e Forte Festival and Piano Competition, which takes place under the honorary and scientific patronage of Prof. Andrzej Pikul and Prof. Benjamin Vogel. She teaches piano classes in music schools of the first and second degree and in her own piano atelier, MartAtelier. She also completed Postgraduate Studies in Journalism and Media Communication at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Law at the Faculty of Law, Administration and International Relations of the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow Academy. She has participated in numerous scientific conferences in Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece (Crete), Romania, Slovakia, Italy, France, Austria and the UK, including the XI International Congress on Musical Signification in 2010 in Krakow.
www.martapolanska.com

Partner merytoryczny wydarzenia

Seminar: 2 September (Friday), 10.00 am, Room Universe 2

First concert of young pianists

One of two piano concerts performed by young pianists. 6 young pianists from all over Poland will perform: Pulawy, Warsaw, Cracow, Katowice and Bytom (students of music schools of the first and second degree).

Szymon Kania (kl. III/4)
Teacher: Rafał Maciąg MA, Romuald Twardowski State Primary Music School in Puławy
Presented piece: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Two-voice invention in B minor BWV 786.

Stanisław Makuracki (kl. V)
Teacher: Małgorzata Kluźniak-Celińska, MA, Marian Sawa Secondary Music School in Warsaw
Presented work: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) – Prelude and fugue in E minor BWV 855

Maja Sikorska (kl. V/6)
Teacher: Waldemar Król, MA, Bronisław Rutkowski Primary and Secondary Music School in Kraków
Featured work: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Lento con gran espressione cis-moll op. posth

Joanna Jasnowska (kl. II)
Teacher: Anna Stempin-Jasnowska, Ph.D., Professor, Grażyna Bacewicz State General Music School Complex No. 3 in Warsaw
Presented work: Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – 3 Preludia op. 28: nr 1 – C-dur, nr 2 – a-moll, nr 3 – G-dur

Małgorzata Radek (kl. VI/6)
Teacher: Marcelina Pawlak, MA, the Wojciech Kilar State Music School Complex in Katowice
Presented work: Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) – Walc A-dur op. 54 nr 1

Sebastian Balcerzak (kl. II)
Teacher: Hanna Balcerzak, MA, Fryderyk Chopin Primary and Secondary Music School in Bytom
Presented work: Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941) – Menuet G-dur op.14 nr 1

*kl. V/6 means a class in the School of Music of the 1st degree, cl. II means a class in the School of Music of the 2nd degree

Event partner

Concerts: 2 September (Friday), 11.30am, Room Universe 1

Evolution of the piano repertoire in the context of the development of the instrument

Piano music would not exist without the piano. It was thanks to the invention of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655 – 1731) that the development of repertoire for keyboard instruments became possible. The lecture aims to inspire music school students and their teachers, as well as all those interested in piano issues, to deepen their knowledge of the development of the piano repertoire in the context of the evolution of the instrument. It shows the interplay and influence of composers and piano designers.

Marta Polańska – pianist, chamber musician, pedagogue. She was born on 19 June 1984 in Kraków, in a family of academics. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków at the Instrumental Department. She studied with Maria Szylska-Kaszycka, Irena Rolanowska, among others, prof. dr hab. Andrzej Pikul and Prof. Dr. Mirosław Herbowski. She has participated in demonstration lessons and solo and chamber music masterclasses given by eminent professors: Bronisława Kawalla, Andrzej Pikul, Paweł Skrzypek, Roberto Prosseda, Altenberg Trio, Tadeusz Gadzina, Daniel Stabrawa… She has recorded Chopin’s works for TVP Kraków and, together with her brother Marek (violinist) as Polanski Duo, has given several world premieres, including compositions dedicated to them as part of: International Days of Music by Krakow Composers, Sfogato International Music and Art Festival and the International Audio Art Festival. She has given concerts in Poland, Switzerland, Romania, Germany, Italy and Austria. She holds a scholarship from the City of Kraków, she is a laureate of the Award of the Mayor of Wieliczka City and Municipality, she is the founder and president of the Sfogato Music and Art Society, as well as the originator and artistic director of the festivals organised by the Society: the Sfogato International Music and Art Festival, and the Piano e Forte Festival and Piano Competition, which takes place under the honorary and scientific patronage of Prof. Andrzej Pikul and Prof. Benjamin Vogel. She teaches piano classes in music schools of the first and second degree and in her own piano atelier, MartAtelier. She also completed Postgraduate Studies in Journalism and Media Communication at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Law at the Faculty of Law, Administration and International Relations of the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow Academy. She has participated in numerous scientific conferences in Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece (Crete), Romania, Slovakia, Italy, France, Austria and the UK, including the XI International Congress on Musical Signification in 2010 in Krakow.
www.martapolanska.com

Event partner

Lecture: 2 September (Friday), 12.15 pm, Room Universe 2

How to care for a piano or grand piano

It is a seminar led by Andrzej Kruszewski, founder and president of the Association of Polish Piano Tuners from 2007 to 2018, and is aimed at piano and piano users (including music school teachers).

Andrzej Kruszewski is a graduate of the Technical School of Piano Construction in Kalisz. He has been working in his profession for 30 years. Since the very beginning, he has not only been involved in tuning, restoration and repairing pianos and upright pianos, but also in selling these instruments. He helps with the selection of new instruments and also has a large range of second-hand pianos and grand pianos. Test-ready instruments are available in a warehouse in Grodzisk Mazowiecki near Warsaw. For nearly 30 years he has been running the Artistic Studio pianinafortepiany.eu.
The instruments he prepares have been his most important and best advertisement since the beginning. Initiator of the creation of the Association and its president from 2007 to 2018.

Event organised by the Association of Polish Piano Tuners

Seminar: 2 September (Friday), 1.15pm, Room Universe 2

Second concert for young pianists

Second piano concert performed by young pianists. Six young pianists from all over Poland will perform: Katowice, Tarnowo Podgórne, Radom, Lublin and Chełm (students of music schools of the first and second degree).

Oliwia Witkowska (kl. VI/6)
Teacher: Magda Górecka MA, Stanisław Moniuszko State High School of Music in Katowice
Featured work: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Two-voice invention in B minor BWV 786

Daniel Paweł Kaźmierczak (kl. IV/6)
Teacher: Dr. Marzena Wieczorek, Self-Governing Music School of 1st Degree in Tarnowo Podgórne
Featured work: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Prelude and fugue in C minor DWK vol. I

Jakub Staniszewski (kl. I)
Teacher: Prof. Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just, Oskar Kolberg Secondary Music School in Radom
Featured work: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Nocturne in A flat major Op. 32 No. 2

Julia Willner-Paster (kl. I)
Teacher: Dr Hubert Salwarowski, Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Katowice
Featured work: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Fantaisie-Impromotu in C sharp minor Op. 66

Daniel Rożek (kl. V)
Teacher: Dr. Teresa Księska-Falger, K. Lipiński Primary and Secondary Music School in Lublin
Presented work: Robert Schumann (1810-1856) / Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – Widmung As-dur S.566

Seweryn Julian Szarpak (kl. II)
Teacher: Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska, Ph.D., Ignacy Jan Paderewski State Music School I and II in Chełm
Featured work: Józef Wieniawski (1837-1912) – Mazurek A – dur op. 23

*kl. V/6 means a class in the School of Music of the 1st degree, cl. II means a class in the School of Music of the 2nd degree

Event partner

Concerts: 2 September (Friday), 2.15 pm , hall Universe 1

Yamaha CFX concert grand piano tuning demonstration

What is piano tuning and why tune at all? Why can’t a piano or pianoforte be tuned by itself like other musical instruments are tuned? What is a tuner’s ear? All these questions will be answered by Michał Bednarski, piano and piano tuner, using the new Yamaha CFX concert grand piano as an example.

Michał Bednarski: Graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music with a Master of Arts degree. He took his first steps in his piano technician career with Steinway & Sons, graduating from the William Steinway Academy and receiving a concert technician diploma from the Theodor Steinway Academy in 2011. From 2013 to the present day, he has worked with Yamaha, graduating with honors from all possible Yamaha piano technician courses, both the European ones and the courses in Japan (grand piano, master and concert grand course). His development was completed with a final course at the Bosendorfer brand factory in Wienner Neustadt in 2022. However, the most important achievement is working alongside some of the world’s most outstanding pianists, in the most demanding concert halls both in Poland and abroad. He trained with his dad and grandfather – 4th generation in the profession.

Event partner

Seminar: 2 September (Friday), 15.00, Sequoia room (1st floor)

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