Pianist and internationally acclaimed piano educator ADAM WIBROWSKI studied with professors Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her husband Ludwik Stefanski at Cracow Academy of Music
where he received his Masters Degree in piano performance. Later, Dr. Wibrowski followed his studies at Doctorate 3 Cycle at Sorbonne, Paris. His piano awards include: 1st Prize at the National Chopin Competition in Poland, Diploma de Honor at
Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain, and the First Prize at the Union Francaise des Artistes Musiciens, France. Mr. Wibrowski received also the MTNA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and Music Studies (USA).
He has taught successively at Grenoble Conservatory, France, University of Southern California, USA, European Virtuosity Class, Netherlands, Katowice Superior Academy of Music, Poland, and Paris Conservatory, France, the latter continuously since 2000.
Mr. Wibrowski has taught master classes at major Universities and Conservatories in the USA (UCLA, Yale, Rice), Canada (McGill, U.B.C., Concordia), Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, and China. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Chopin Festival at Nohant, France; European Music Sessions, Netherlands; Liszt Piano Festival, Hungary and Austria Piano Summer, Vienna-Wiener Neustadt, and recently of Polish Music Piano Competition in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Wibrowski is the President of Chopin Association in Nohant, France; Member of the Paderewski Association, Switzerland; Member of the Board of Directors of the Paderewski Music Society in Los Angeles; and the Director of the Program of the European Union Culture Commission: "Piano-European Cultures"
He began grandpiano lessons at the age of seven in Ludomir Rozycki Music School in Kielce in the class of Malgorzata Kowalska. Since 2017 he has been a student of Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice in the class of Prof. Wojciech Switala. He is the laureate of many pianist competitions in Poland, France, Italy and the USA. He gave recitals at many renowned grandpiano competitions: 72 th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj, "Chopin a Paris" Festival, Chopin Festival in Nohant, Paderewski Festival in Raleigh in the USA. His performance met with enthusiastic reviews which pinpointed: 'perfect combination of the freshness of youth with an excellent technique and a deep understanding of music which he performs.'
Master of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston American pianist. Emerging Artists grantee City of Raleigh, 1992, United Arts, 1995, State Arts Council grantee, since 1995, regional artists grantee, 1999-2001, NCMTA grantee. Member National Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano, Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (vice president), Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Association (president); Pi Kappa Lampda. Classically trained Brenda Bruce will offer classes on improvising on familiar melodies from Broadway and Jazz Standards of the Big Band Era. Simultaneous with her classical training--Master of Music in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory-- she privately developed her skills in popular music which afforded her many career opportunities. She has used her skills for the pleasure of the public in many hotels, clubs, private parties, and an unusual 12-year gig playing during lunch hours at SAS Institute, a private software development company.
William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured
widely on three continents. He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano
Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field
of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kammerling,
Adam Wibrowski, Andrzej Jasinski, and Jerome Lowenthal. Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts,
the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in Nohant, France, and the Tres Seculos de Piano series
in Rio de Janeiro. In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt's piano at Hofgartnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer's birthplace in Rohrau, Austria.
Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland.
A scholar of historic musicians, from 1995-97 Wellborn hosted the KDFC radio program "Piano Legacy." A frequent adjudicator, he has served on the juries of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the California Music Teachers' Association. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Granados, Mendelssohn, and Ravel. Wellborn has served as an artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo (1998-2003), the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron (2004-2007), and the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival (2008-2013) summer programs.
Wellborn is faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, His students frequently win top prizes in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions. Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, and for more information on Mr. Wellborn's upcoming activities please visit his website at www.williamwellborn.com
He was born in 1996 in Bochnia. He began his musical education in 2003 in his hometown, attending PSM I, to the piano class of Agata Zajac. Then passed the exam to PSM II st. Wladyslaw Zelenski in Cracow, where he now graduated and where he was educated under the supervision of Olga Lazarski. He has achieved great achievements on piano competitions, including: 2nd place at the 10th International Piano Competition 'Artur Rubinstein in memoriam' in Bydgoszcz, 1st place and Grand Prix at the 13th Piano Competition in. Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Ludwik Stefanski in Plock. Jakub Kuszlik received a scholarship from the 'Sapere Auso' Foundation and the 'Pro Musica Bona' Foundation.
he recording of piano works by Julian Fontana, F. Chopin's friend and pupil as well as piano pieces by Theodor Leschetizky for Acte Prealable Label (2007, 2008) was a significant moment in Hubert Rutkowski's career. In the Chopin Year 2010, he recorded for NAXOS Label a CD "Pupils of Chopin" with piano works composed by Chopin's pupils. Since then, he has been giving performances in most countries in Europe, Asia, Latin American and the USA. Hubert Rutkowski performed at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, The "Rarities of Piano Music" Festival in Husum Castle in Germany, Polish Piano Festival in Slupsk and at the Artur Rubinstein Festival in Lodzi, Poland. The pianist is a graduate of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the class of professor Anna Jastrzebska-Quinn. Studies within the scope of chamber music he has completed with professor Krystyna Borucinska. Having finished studies, he pursued doctoral studies there under the direction of professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj. Between 2005-2010, he completed master postgraduate studies at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg in the class of professor Evgeni Koroliov. Hubert Rutkowski won the International Chopin Piano Competition in Hannover (2007). He received also the distinction "Medalla per Unanimitat" at the International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona (2006), 1st prize at the National Piano Competition in Warsaw (2000) as well as 3rd prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Vilnius (1999). Since a few years Hubert Rutkowski has been passionate about historic pianos from XIX century. He works, as a pianist and a teacher, with Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. He organizes there a series of concerts on instruments from Andreas Beuermann's collection. Hubert Rutkowski is a founder and President of the Theodor Leschetizky Music Society in Warsaw. He is also the Artistic Director of both Chopin Society in Hamburg-Sachsenwald andGerman Polish Music Piano Competition in Hamburg. Since April 2010 he has served as a professor at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg as one of the youngest professors in this university. Since November 2011, Hubert Rutkowski has been leading also his piano class at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen.
Born in 2000. He was a student of prof. dr hab. Pawel Zawadzki in Karol Szymanowski Music School in Wroclaw. Since he was a child he has participated in pianist competitions in the country and abroad. He won numerous awards, among others: Fontys Hoogschool in Tilburg Award at the International Pianist Competition of Anton Rubinstein in Dusseldorf, Grand Prix, Musideco Prize and the Award of the Public at the 3 rd International Pianist Competition in Ville de Gagny (Gagny-Paris). In 2017 he won the prize for the best performance of the concert at 48 th. Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Gdansk. He also won the Prize of 'Golden Parnas 2018' at XIII th International Pianist Forum "Bieszczady Boundaryless". He gave numerous concerts in the country and abroad.