A pianist and professor at the Academy of Music in Lodz, where he runs piano classes.
Marek Drewnowski, photo: Andrzej Świetlik / Forum
Drewnowski pursued his studies in Warsaw with Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki. After professor Drzewiecki's death he moved to Kraków , where he completed his studies at the PWSM in Jan Hoffman's class. He is the co-author (with I. Cywińska) of Enchantment of Frederic, a film about Frederic Chopin.
The recording of Scarlatti's Twelve Sonatas in 1975 won him wide critical acclaim. After having listened to this interpretation of Scarlatti, Leonard Bernstein asked the pianist to perform with his Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Marek Drewnowski has given concert performances in the foremost concert halls of the U.S., Europe and Japan. He took part in the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II memorial concert, where he appeared with such celebrated artists as Leonard Bernstein, Barbara Hendriks, Herman Prey and Liv Ulmann. The concert was televised by numerous broadcasting companies to audiences all over the world.
For his interpretation of Stefan Kisielewski's Piano concerto at the "Warsaw Autumn"Festival in 1991, he won the prestigious "Orpheus" Prize, awarded by the Music Critics Association.
Marek Drewnowski's recordings feature Scarlatti's Sonatas, Weber's Piano concertos and a series of Chopin recordings (including a chamber version of his two piano concertos). Recently, he has recorded Tansman's Piano concerto and Szymanowski's 4th Symphony concertante.
Prepared in June 2002.