Sunday, January 26, 2014 ❘ 3pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 - 1791)
Ten Variations on "Unser dummer Pöebel meint", K. 455
(1810 - 1849)
Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1
Ballade in A-flat major, Op. 47
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45
Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
(1882 - 1937)
Mazurka, No. 1, from "Four Polish Dances"
Mazurka, Op. 50, No. 13
Mazurka, Op. 50, No. 18
(1819 - 1869)
Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
(1829 - 1869)
La Manchega, Etude de concert
Souvenir d'Andalousie: Caprice de Concert
Slawomir Dobrazanski, piano
A versatile concert pianist with a broad repertoire, Sławomir Dobrzański frequently performs a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, South America, China, and throughout the United States.
As a soloist, he performed in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, France, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, and throughout the United States. He participated in the “Potomac River Piano Festival”, "Mozart Festival" in Poznań, Poland, "Chopin Festival" in Antonin, Poland, "Warsaw Autumn” Contemporary Music Festival, Festival of Polish Pianists in Słupsk, Poland, "Chopin Festival of Hawaii", "Chopin & Friends Festival" in New York City, “Chopiniana” Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Darmstadt Festival of New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, “Music Gettysburg!” Festival in Gettysburg, "El Paso Chopin Music Festival", American Liszt Society National Festival, in Lincoln, Nebraska, Chopin Festival in Miami, FL, "Athena" Festival in Murray, Kentucky, and Karol Szymanowski Festival in Beijing, China.
He is a graduate of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland and the University of Connecticut, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2001. His major teachers include Jadwiga Orzechowska, Regina Smendzianka, Andrzej Dutkiewicz, Jerzy Maciejewski, Kajetan Mochtak, Jack Winerock, Zelma Bodzin and Neal Larrabee. He also participated in summer courses in Switzerland and Poland, where he studied piano performance with Malcolm Frager, Mieczysław Horszowski and Victor Merzhanov. Additionally, he benefited from coaching sessions with Nina Tichman in Mainz, Germany, and Jan Gorbaty in New York City.
Dobrzański has recorded solo and chamber music by Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin, Stefan Kisielewski, Artur Malawski (complete piano solo music), Feliks Rybicki, Carl Tausig, and Johannes Brahms for Polish Radio and Television in Warsaw, Poland.
He is also an author of the first English language biography of the acclaimed 19th century pianist and composer Maria Agata Wołowska-Szymanowska, published in 2006 by the Figueroa Press and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has recorded a multi disc album of complete piano music by Maria Szymanowska, recently released by the Acte Préalable label in Poland.
He is the founder and former artistic director of the Chopin Society of Connecticut, which he established in 1999.
A devoted chamber music performer, Dobrzański is a member of the "Atma" Piano Trio, with Blanka Bednarz (violin) and Cheung Chao (cello). The ensemble, created in 2001, regularly performs in Europe, Asia and the US.
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Sławomir Dobrzański was a member of music faculties at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Rhode Island. Currently he teaches piano performance, chamber music and piano literature in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Kansas State University. Between 2009 and 2013, he served as the Chair of Keyboard Studies at K-State. His students frequently receive awards and honors at local, state and regional competitions.