Sponsored by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College. Additional support for Mr. Skolarski’s appearance provided by
Program Bach arr. Siloti: Prelude in B-minor
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
Chopin: Scherzo in B minor
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody
Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1913 version)
About Konrad Skolarski “Great virtuoso of the piano” – Krzysztof Penderecki, March 2016
“He plays like young Sviatoslav Richter,” MDR Figaro, April 2016
The golden age of pianism comes to mind when I hear Konrad Skolarski play. Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger
It is very seldom to hear a musician who can conjure up such lush, singing and richly shaded sound. (…)His lyrical-dramatic interpretations are very personal and one will remember and recognize them even from thousand other pianists… Prof. Pavel Gililov
Polish pianist Konrad Skolarski was born in 1980 in Warsaw in a musical family. He is a Ph.D of music at Music University in Warsaw, as well as a concert pianist with extraordinary technique and recognizable style of interpretations. He is also known for interesting and sophisticated piano repertoire.
In 2001, he won First Prize at the 3rd Tchaikovsky International Competition in Spain. In 2012, his solo CD with Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Prokofiev was awarded the Diapason “5” Award by international music critics and nominated for the Fryderyk Award.
He has performed in Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Serbia, Great Britain and Japan.
Konrad Skolarski is a former student of Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and Olga Rusina at the Music Academy in Wrocław, as well as Alicja Paleta-Bugaj at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He has been a student of legendary Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger in London, who has worked with many distinguished pianists, including Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and Shura Cherkassky. In 2010, Skolarski earned a doctorate in music and the following year joined the faculty of the University of Music in Warsaw, where he is the professor of piano. His students have won international competitions. The recent concert plans of Konrad Skolarski include performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic (with Sinfonia Iuventus and Michail Jurowski), Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Izmir International Festival, and others. In April 2017, the pianist performed the Polish premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the baton of Alexander Humala.