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.
A pianist that specializes in classical contemporary music.
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.
- Głowicka&Walentynowicz, "Red Sun", Bôłt Records.
- Sound Chronicle of the Warsaw Autumn (Zbigniew Bargielski, concert for a piano, percussion and a symphony orchestra), Polmic.
- Tadeusz Wielecki, Polish Music Today. Portraits of Contemporary Polish Composers, Polmic.
- Agnieszka Stulgińska, "Chamber Works", DUX, with Ensemble Garage.
- Jagoda Szmytka, "Bloody Cherries", Wergo.
- Shin – Woong Kim – Reflektierte tropfen
- Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri – Yarn
- Jimmy López – INCUBUS II
- Sophie Pope – Flying free with a ball and chain
- Caspar Johannes Walter – Metrische Studie I
- Zygmunt Krauze – Listy (Letters)
- Birke Bertelsmeier – Etüde
- Mateusz Ryczek – Sub–głębia Nocy
- Juan Pablo Orrego Berrios – Ang
- Thomas Smetryns – ...with an apparent sense of outer calmness...
- Antonio Doro – Studio-Variazione IV su tratti memorie
- Jef Chipewa – unless he senses when to jump
- Marina Khokova – Duo
- Christian Philippe Pfeiffer – Undertow
- Patrick Frank – Wir sind das Volk
- Rodrigo López Klingenfuss – laut-los
- Lina Järnegard – Encapsulated, embodied
- Agnieszka Stulgińska – Flying garbage truck
- Arne Sanders – Anderswo
- Johannes Walter – Kommunizierende Mehrklänge
- Gordon Kampe – Chamäleotheorie III
- Yiran Zhao – Trotzkopf
- Bálint Laczkó – ...meinen Liedern...?
- Alenja Kneževič – Cold/Hot
- Ondrej Hájek – On the Z-Axis
- Krzysztof Wołek – Motions, stases
- Theodor Schubach – Kerben/Traumprotokolle/Resonanzen
- Michael Beil – Karaoke Rembranng!
- Jagoda Szmytka – greetings from a doppelgänger
- Max Keller – weniger und mehr
- Helmut Zapf – let
- Stefan Streich – Clouds
- Zbigiew Bargielski – Concert for a piano, percussion and an orchestra
- Maximilian Marcoll – Personal data
- Agnieszka Stulgińska – Conversionis
- Dobromiła Jaskot – Slejpnir
- Karol Nepelski – Logical Shift
- Franciszek Araszkiewicz – Lunatic fringe
- Simon Pensek – Hallow
- Neele Huelcker – Sammlungen
- Miika Hyytiainen – Re-Member
- Michał Prynda – Dance
- Sergej Maingardt – Panopticon
- Paul Frick – Metal zone
- Katarzyna Głowicka – Favola
- Katarzyna Głowicka – Red Sun
- Sebastian Erlikowski Winkler – Hoch in der Harfen
- Gordon Kampe – Fuchse/Messe
- Brigitta Muntendorf – PULSARE
- Maximilian Marcoll – Drill and Sander
- Petros Laivados – Junky(s)yard
- Roni Brenner – Quartett
- Christian von Borries – Conflict music
- Sarah Nemtsov – Journal
- Steingrimur Rohloff - Close relatives
- Steffen Krebber – Obdach/ Wohnung
- Birke Bertelsmeier – !...
- Joanna Woźny– Suspended (rev. 2015)
- Marco Nikodjevic – Grid III
- Casper Johannes Walter
- Schwebende Symmetrien
- Boris Bell – Ekstaze
- Sergej Maingardt - format BLACKBOX
- Sławomir Wojciechowski - King Ludd
- Jarosław Płonka – Fading urban landscape
- Tadeusz Wielecki – Wyrazy
- Matthias Kaul – Sounds & Transports
- Matthias Kaul – History Transports
- Brigitta Muntendorf – PUBLIC PRIVACY #ARIA
Author: Agnieszka Grzybowska, June 2015, Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska