Małgorzata Walentynowicz is a pianist that specializes in classical contemporary music. She gives solo concerts or performs along with an orchestra, as well as in chamber formations – she collaborates with German singer Frank Wörner and the Garage and LUX:NM ensembles. She has also performed as a guest with Ensemble Linea, Ensemble Adapter, and Ensemble Proton. She was born on 13th September in 1979 in Gdańsk.
Małgorzata Walentynowicz graduated from the Stanisaław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk in Bogdan Czapiewski’s piano class as well as from Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover in Gerrita Zitterbarta’s class. She also graduated with honours in postgraduate studies from contemporary music interpretation under Nicolas Hodge at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. She took part in master classes led by world famous pianists such as Eugen Indjič, Paul Badura-Skoda, Bernard Ringeissen, Nelson Goerner or Michel Beroff. She perfected her contemporary music interpretation skills under pianists Kayi Han and Pi-hsien Chen and musicians from Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Modern.
I discovered contemporary compositions during my studies in Hanover. I was very careful at the beginning; I started wirh György Ligeti’s étude Arc-en-ciel, which I prepared for the Seiler Piano Competition in Kitzingen in 2003. Several months later, I met conductor Walter Nußbaum, who led a contemporary music ensemble. I prepared Morton Feldman’s Words and Music with him to Samuel Beckett’s lyrics, for 9 instruments and 2 declaimers – an incredible piece. Ever since then, I have been choosing more and more contemporary pieces and gradually have been walking away from my classical repertoire. Four years later, I decided to study contemporary music interpretation in Stuttgart.
– explained Walentynowicz in an interview in 2010, conducted by Monika Pasiecznik for the biweekly Ruch Muzyczny.
In 2009, Walentynowicz won the first prize at the 37th International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam for a recital composed of pieces by Tristan Murail, Kazimierz Serocki, Theo Loevendie, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliot Carter and Arnold Schönberg. In 2010, she won the International Yvar Mikhashoff New Music Trust Competition in Buffalo, New York along with composer Birke Bertelsmeier. During the 43rd Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt in 2006, she received a scholarship for an excellent interpretation of Paweł Szymański's Two Etudes. The pianist is also a laureate of the Pomeranian Artistic Award, the Gdańsk City Award for Young Artists in the field of Culture, and the Gazeta Wyborcza’s Tricity Editors Award ‘Storm of the Year’ in the field of Classical Music.
She has performed at numerous new music festivals such as Warsaw Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival, during which she performed Zygmunt Krauze’s Letters and Zbigniew Bargalski’s Concert for a piano, percussion and symphony orchestra, the Brand New Music Festival in Katowice, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova and ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław, as well as the Poznań Music Spring - International Festival of Contemporary Music.
Walentynowicz is constantly being invited to music events all over the world. During the Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg she performed a recital that was composed of Pierre Jodlowski’s piano Séries pieces. She also performed at Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, Acht Brücken Festival in Cologne, the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, TonLagen Festival in Dresden, Klangspuren in Schwaz (Austria), Festival Spaziomusica in Cagliari (Italy), Cairo Contemporary Music Days (Egypt) and Tzlil Meducan Tel Aviv (Israel). She has also been invited to perform at Harvard, Illinois and Louisville universities. The pianists concerts have been transmitted by Polskie Radio and leading German radio stations.
She also works as a teacher at the Stanisaław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2015, she was awarded a doctorate in musical arts.
Author: Agnieszka Grzybowska, June 2015, Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska
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