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Przewodniczący Jury

Jarosław Drzewiecki

Pianist, teacher, organiser of musical enterprises. Winner of international music competitions, twice nominated for a Fryderyk Music Award. Sits on the juries of numerous respected music competitions. His discography comprises 11 albums released by Polish and foreign record labels.

Drzewiecki graduated with distinction from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. In 1986-1988, he was a trainee assistant of Victor Merzhanov at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 1998, he has been employed as a professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and has conducted master classes throughout Poland, as well as in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Moscow, Narva, Porto and Lviv.

He has been a prize winner at a number of prestigious competitions, including the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, the Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria (Estelle Zwick Prize), the International Piano Competition ‘Città di Marsala’ in Marsala (Grand Prix) and the International Music Competition in Porto (Grand Prix and four special prizes). He has appeared in concert throughout Europe, as well as in the United States, Canada and Japan. With orchestras, he has toured Russia, Portugal, the Netherlands and South Africa. He has also performed at the music festivals in Yokohama, Lisbon, Porto, Gaming, Vienna, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Antonin, Słupsk, Duszniki-Zdrój, Warsaw, Poznań and Bydgoszcz. His rich catalogue of recordings includes 11 CDs and SACDs featuring compositions by, for example, Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin, Witold Lutosławski, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach, released by Polskie Nagrania, DUX, Pony Canyon and Blüthner Classic. For his outstanding interpretations, he has been twice nominated for a Fryderyk Music Award (in 2002 and 2006).

Drzewiecki has chaired the juries at multiple music competitions, e.g. the Maurycy Moszkowski International Piano Competition ‘Per aspera ad astra’ in Kielce, the Miłosz Magin International Piano Competition in Łódź, the Fryderyk Chopin Competition-Festival of Polish and Ukrainian Music in Dnipropetrovsk and the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Narva. He has also sat on the juries of competitions held in Kropyvnytskyi, Gomel, Moscow, Kyiv, Porto and Lviv. The artist has initiated a number of cultural enterprises, such as the Wawer Music Festival in Warsaw, the European Festival of the Music Academies in Warsaw and the International Master Competition for Music Teachers in Warsaw. He is the chairman of the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture, the organiser of the International Piano Forum ‘Bieszczady Without Borders’ in Sanok. He received the Order of the White Star from the president of the Republic of Estonia in 2005, an honorary degree from the Mykola Lysenko National Academy of Music in Lviv in 2013 as well as the Silver Medal ‘Labor Omnia Vincit’ and the ‘Friend of the Children’s Memorial Health Institute’ medal in 2018.