Dr. habil. Bożena Maria Ficht-Maciejowska
Director of International Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear
after having been engaged in a pedagogical job at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
Warsaw/Bialystok, I am very pleased, that I can lay the foundation for the International Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Lahr. In doing this, I have a strong wish, to further especially young talents, playing different instruments, and to support their progress. It is an honour and pleasure for me to welcome all of you to the Opening Concert
Bozena Maria Maciejowska
Director of International Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy
Dr hab. Bożena Maciejowska
In 1988 she did her Master of arts in Cracow. She also enjoyed training courses at the Public Music University in Trossingen, participating in the piano class of Prof. Victor Karpowicz Merzhanov. In 1999 she was awarded the doctor’s degree by the Frédéric-Chopin-Conservatory in Warsaw. Bozena Maciejowska has been teaching at this university from 1994 until 2015. In 2014 she gained the title of a habilitated doctor in the field of arts and the subject of instrumental music. One of her areas of expertise is the music of Frédéric Chopin.
Two cd productions with compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert and Sergei Rachmaninov also give notice of her high art.
Prof. Mikhail Voskresenskii
P. Tschaikowski Conservatory Moscow, Russian Federation
Mikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He is prizewinner of four international piano competitions (Schumann in Berlin, in Rio de Janeiro, George Enescu in Bucharest, and Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas). In 1966 he was honoured with the Merited Artist of Russia award and in 1989, the People's Artist of Russia. Mikhail Voskresensky has extensive concert experience. He is the only pianist in Russia to perform all of Chopin's piano compositions during one concert season; this in 1982 / 83, in nine recitals in the Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. In 1957 the young pianist took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano concerto with the presence of Shostakovich himself.
Mikhail Voskresensky is a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. His pupils have won 126 international prizes including 55 gold medals. Mikhail Voskresensky is President of the Scriabin International Society and Guest Professor in the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo.
Although Mr. Voskresensky devotes many of his efforts to teaching and giving master classes in various countries, he undoubtedly considers his primary purpose to be performing. Voskresensky is an extraordinary and unique musician: when hearing his playing one can feel his sincere and subtle soul - a rare thing, indeed, in our rational times. He recorded more than 50 CD's, including a box with all Mozart Piano Concertos (2013) and a 5CD box (2015) with all Mozart Piano Sonatas.
Regents Professor of Piano
College of Music, University of North Texas
Internationally renowned pianist, recording artist and pedagogue, Polish-born artist ADAM WODNICKI has received acclaim on five continents for his dramatic interpretations, poetic
sensitivity and brilliant technique. He can be heard on Muza, Folkways, Centaur, Wergo, Altarus, Klavier, and Dux labels. Recordings of cello and piano sonatas by Dzubay, Muczynski and
Shostakovich with cellist Carter Enyeart (Centaur) and solo discs with piano works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski (Altarus) received rave notices: ‘one of the year’s best contemporary chamber music
albums’ (Chicago Tribune), ‘incontestable brilliance’ (H.C. Schonberg in American Record Guide), and ‘a recording by a master pianist’ (Journal of the American Liszt Society). Wodnicki’s
recording of the three Piano Trios by Robert Muczynski (Centaur) was chosen by a Fanfare critic as one of the top five albums on the ‘Best of 2004’ list; and the 2008 release on the Dux label of
the Piano Concertos by Serocki, Baird and Krenz received a Polish Phonographic Academy nomination for the 2009 Fryderyk Award. Adam Wodnicki has also made numerous radio and TV recordings,
including recordings of piano concertos by Serocki, Baird, Krenz and Stojowski.
He has concertized and taught in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Far East. He has appeared in such musical centers as Kraków, Warsaw, Helsinki, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Pretoria and Prague. In recent seasons he has appeared at prestigious international music festivals such as Arundel Festival in England, Les Rencontres Internationales Frédéric Chopin in Nohant and Nancyphonies in Nancy (France) and the Chopin Festival in Marianske Lazne (Marienbad), Czech Republic; he has also performed and taught in Japan, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Israel, South Africa, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina, and Austria. Since 1991 he has returned yearly to his native Poland for highly successful tours; his appearance at the Paderewski Festival in Kraków was described by the press as a ‘pianistic sensation’ (Czas Krakowski).
Adam Wodnicki studied with Jan Hoffman, Guido Agosti and Gyorgy Sebok, and his artistic roots can be traced to the traditions of Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ferrucio Busoni. Three-time prizewinner of the annual Chopin Society National Piano Competition in Warsaw and the recipient of three prizes at the 8th Festival of Polish Pianists, Wodnicki is Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas in Denton. He has served on juries of international competitions and is a performance editor for the Musica Iagellonica’s first ever edition of The Complete Works by Paderewski; he also edited piano pieces by Piotr Perkowski, Stanisław Niewiadomski, and Tadeusz Joteyko. Wodnicki’s article on Chopin appeared in The European Journal for Pianists and Teachers. In 2014, he was awarded a medal Gloria Artis by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland; in 2015, he was honored with the statuette Golden Owl by the Editorial Board of periodical Jupiter (Vienna, Austria) for his achievements in the field of music. Adam Wodnicki is a Steinway Artist.
Direktor Antoni Grudziński,
The Fryderyk Chopin Society, Warsaw, Poland
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure that I heard about the establishment
of the International Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in
Lahr. The initiative deserves the highest praise, especially
that the persons committed to this idea are wonderful,
competent, determined and, most importantly, music loving
people. This is the main reason why I deeply believe that the Academy project
will be a success and Lahr will become an important cultural centre in Europe.
I was especially happy to hear that the promotion of Fryderyk Chopin’s work
will be high on the Academy’s agenda. Chopin was a Polish composer, however,
his music is universally human and appeals to everyone, regardless of their
nationality, religion and skin colour. It is especially important given the realities
of the world today. As early as 1849, Polish poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid
wrote the prophetic words about Chopin: „A Varsovian by birth, a Pole at heart,
a citizen of the world by virtue of his talent.”
I congratulate you on your initiative, I wish the Academy many years
of great achievements and I look forward to fruitful cooperation between
Eckehard Franz Ficht
Geschäftsführer zeit.areal, Lahr
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Freunde und Freundinnen
des zeit.areals, der Musik, der Kunst und der Kultur,
ein lang gehegter Wunsch geht für mich in Erfüllung: Mit der Gründung der International Fryderyk
Chopin Music Academy haben wir einen weiteren Baustein in der Vielfalt unseres kulturellen Angebotes im zeit.areal geschaffen. Ich freue mich sehr, Sie zu diesem feierlichen Anlass begrüßen
zu können. Bis dahin verbleibe ich mit herzlichen Grüßen
Eckehard Franz Ficht