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Teacher - Joanna Sochacka, Alicja Fiderkiewicz, Alberto Nosè
Lesson length - 60 minutes
120 euro - 1 lesson
200 euro - 2 lessons
275 euro - 3 lessons
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Joanna Sochacka - polish pianist, described by critics:” she is not only playing…she lives in music” (Sonja Koller, General Anzeiger), “pianist who explores with intelligence and great pianistic culture the very different sound worlds” (Remi Franck, Pizzicato Magazine),”one of the most promising artists of the young generation” (Cihan Barrut, Classical Mag), “amazingly powerful and hypnotic, pianist who knows what she is about” (Lynn René Bayley, ArtMusic Lounge), “young pianist with great freedom and full control of the instrument” (Agata Kwiecińska, Ruch Muzyczny), “volatile virtuosity together with keeping up the intensity of playing and exciting passion.”(Jean Dandresy, Clic Mag), “a woman on a mission.” (Ralph Graves, WTJU Virginia). She performed in several countries (England, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Italy, Moldova, USA, Israel) in many prestigious concert halls, including: Carnegie Hall in New York, National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Royal Albert Hall in London, Beethoven-Haus Concert Hall in Bonn, National Philharmonic in Chisinau, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Cracow Philharmonic, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Ferenc Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding. Her debut CD with the piano music of Grażyna Bacewicz (DUX 1689), which was a world phonographic premiere, was acclaimed by the global press, radio and television (one of the best new CD releases of the prestigious Gramophone Magazine). Soon there will be available her CD with Frederic Chopin’s music, recorded for the Sheva Collection in the Naxos distribution. Since the very young age, she became a prizewinner of international piano competitions in England, USA, Estonia, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary incl. Medici International Music Competition (II prize - 2021), 17th Citta di Padova International Competition in Padua (I prize and all special prizes - 2019), III Moritz Moszkowski International Piano Competition in Kielce, Poland (II prize and special prize - 2009). She received numerous scholarships, including: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Young Poland (2020), Julian Cochran Foundation (2020), Dartington Scholarship Trust in England (2007, 2013), Sapere Auso (2009-2014), the National Fund for Children (2008-2012), the National Adam Mickiewicz Institute (2010), Rita Zimmermann Musik Stiftung Bern in Switzerland (2019), SEMP Mobility Program in Geneva, Switzerland (2019). She is a PhD and works in the Piano Department at Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and a jury member at many international competitions including International Liszt Piano Youth Competition in China and Utrecht, Elevato International Piano Competition in Salzburg and Bern, IOPCInstrumental Performance Competition, Kreisler International Competition in Bonn, Music is Life International Competition in Trzciana, as well as Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize. Joanna provided masterclasses for Association Chinese Culture Music & Arts in China and Germany, BAMA International Piano Festival & Masterclasses in Canada, Masterclasses in Pancho Vladygerov Music School in Burgas, Bulgaria. She currently studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria in the class of prof. Milana Chernyavska. Moreover, she is a PhD student at the Academy of Music Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz in Łódź in the class of dr hab. Hanna Holeksa. She graduated from Academy of Music in Cracow, class of prof. Andrzej Pikul, and from Haute École de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, class of prof. Fabrizio Chiovetta. She honed her under the supervision of many outstanding pedagogues: Dmitry Bashkirov, Paula BaduraSkoda, Dina Yoffe, Akiko Ebi, Kevin Kenner, Anna Malikova, Andrzej Jasiński, Jura Margulis, Dmitry Alexeev, Jean Marc Luisada, Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Elza Kolodin, Piotr Paleczny, Bradley Bolen, Emanuel Krasovski, Aquilles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Konstanze Eickhorst, Lilja Zilberstein. Joanna is represented by Polish Artists Agency.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, the young Alicja Fiderkiewicz's outstanding musical talent was recognised at the tender age of 3 by her elder sister's piano teacher who, upon hearing her play, immediately spotted Alicja's tremendous potential. She saw Alicja's passion for music and at the age of 7 Alicja entered Karol Szymanowski's School of Music in Warsaw and began studying the piano in the class of Prof. Krystyna Bocianowska.
Two years later Alicja was accepted into the Central School of Music attached to Moscow's Conservatoire. There she was taught by Prof. Tatyana Evgenevna Kestner. During 6 years in Moscow Alicja also played in front of Tatiana Nikolayeva, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels.
Upon returning to Poland Alicja continued her musical education in Karol Szymanowski's Lyceum of Music in Warsaw under the guidance of Prof. Wanda Losakiewicz and Prof. Zbigniew Drzewiecki.
During the subsequent 4 years in Warsaw Alicja won Polish National Bach and Beethoven Competitions, and she also won Chopin's Scholarship for 4 years in succession, the success of which gave her a number of engagements throughout Poland and major venues in Warsaw, including Royal Lazienki Park, Chopin's birth place - -Zelazowa Wola, Ostrogski Palace and Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
Having graduated from Warsaw's Lyceum of Music with Distinction, Alicja decided to continue her studies abroad. She entered Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK in the class of Polish pianist, Prof. Ryszard Bakst. Within 3 months of entering RNCM Alicja was awarded a scholarship for the rest of her 5 years undergraduate studies and further year as a post graduate student. Prof. Bakst was to have vast influence on Alicja's musical development especially that of her sound, which has been described by some critics in her Chopin recital CD as "a sound of exquisite beauty".
During her studies at the RNCM Alicja won a number of college and outside awards and concerto competitions and represented her college in many concert venues across the UK. She participated in number of masterclasses, including performing Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" for Prof. V. Perlemutter. She graduated with Distinction in both performing and teaching.
Throughout her career Alicja appeared with number of major orchestras - The Halle, Da Camera, Manchester Camerata, La Scala in Milan, Warsaw National Philharmonic,
Polish Radio & TV and many others and worked with number of conductors including Frank Cliff, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Pijarowski, Kenneth Page, Owain Orwell Hughes, Pierluigi Urbini.
Alicja is a winner of Dudley International Piano Competition and bronze medalist in the Premio Dino Ciani International Piano Competition in La Scala, Milan, where her performances were highly praised by Martha Argerich, Fou T'Song and Italian critics, who wrote "AlicjaFiderkiewicz is a young Polish pianist, whose authority and domination at the keyboard, technical resources, and excellent musicality show her to be a superb musical talent and promise for her most radiant future".
Alicja is also a recipient of Calouste Gulbenkian Fellowship.
Alicja has performed widely throughout the UK including number of recitals in the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St-Martin's-in-the-fields in London. She has performed in Manchester, Isle of Man, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow to name a few. As well as performances in the UK Alicja has performed concertos and recitals in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus, Spain, Finland, Japan, USA, Singapore & Malaysia.
For a number of years, Alicja took some time - out from stage and regular performances but continued her work as a member of keyboard department at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, UK. Since returning to the stage Alicja has reestablished her career as performing and recording artist.
She is frequent faculty member and performer at the prestigious International Summer School for Pianists at Chetham's, Manchester and she is often giving masterclasses in the UK and abroad and has also been a jury member on number of competitions.
She has appeared on BBC Radio and TV as well as on some local radio stations. There are 4 highly acclaimed CD's on Divine Arts label.
Charitable performances and commitments to various worthwhile causes form part of Alicja's career, notably MacMillan Cancer Relief, MacMillan Nurses, Cancer Research, The Heart Foundation, Eden Animal Refuge, The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Save the Children,d Japan Tsunami Relief and in addition, raising funds to support various churches and historical buildings in the UK and abroad.
His discography includes recordings for Sarx Records , Assicurazioni Generali , for Tau Records , for the French music magazine Piano , for Radio Classica, Radio Danzica and for Radio Suisse Romande.
In 2006 the Nascor-Ysaye Records label released a CD with music by Schumann and Prokofiev, which received the La Clef ResMusica.com and Coup de coeur Fnac awards.
In 2008 a DVD dedicated to Mozart and Beethoven was released for Domovideo , made on the occasion of Mozart's 250th anniversary in 2006 and also broadcast by the digital satellite channel SKY CLASSICA .
In the same year he published a CD with Johann Christian Bach's Six Sonatas op.17 for Naxos , performed on the modern piano, which received the CHOC du Monde de la Musique and Diapason Superbe award and broadcast all over the world by Radio France, BBC 3 , Radio 4 Netherland, Radio New Zealand, ABC Classic FM USA and Australia.
In 2019 he founded the Amadeus Sound Project , an independent record label of which he is artistic director and producer , for which he publishes
The Art of Amadeus Piano Duo (2019), the first CD of Amadeus Piano Duo for 4 hands piano together with pianist Valentina Fornari, in collaboration with Yamaha Italia;
Yann Tiersen: Piano Works (2020);
Max Richter: Piano Works (2020).
In 2019 he founded and directs the Amadeus Web Channel , a live streaming channel that broadcasts the events of the Amadeus Academy on social channels such as Facebook and YouTube.
He is regularly invited as a juror in important national and international piano competitions such as F. Chopin of Warsaw, Chopin of Szafarnia, Chopin of Hannover, Chopin of Budapest, A. Rubinstein in memoriam of Bydgoszcz, R. Vines of Lleida , Top of the World of Tromsø, Maj Lind of Helsinki, V. Horowitz of Kiev, International Competition of Tbilisi, Concert Artists Auditions of New York, A. Salieri of Legnago (VR), R. Zadra of Abano Terme (PD), R. Gallinari of Pieve of Cento (BO),F. Moscato di Airola (BN), R. Melini di Pinè (TN), City of Villafranca (VR), City of San Donà di Piave (VE), Amadeus Competition of Lazise (VR).
Graduated in piano at the age of 17 at the "FE Dall'Abaco" State Conservatory of Music in Verona with Prof. Laura Palmieri, he obtained the II Level Academic Diploma in piano with a concert address with Maestro Virginio Pavarana in 2006 At the same time he perfected himself with Franco Scala ,
Boris Petrushansky and Leonid Margarius at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola where he obtained the Piano Master in 2005.
He also took part in the masterclasses of great pianists such as Maurizio Pollini at the Lucerne Summer Festival, Murray Perahia at the Salle Gaveau Masterclasses in Paris, Andrej Jasinski and Alfons Kontarsky at the Summer Academy in Salzburg, Paul Badura-Skoda at the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris, in addition to the Masters Michael Dalberto, Louis Lortie, Michael Beroff, Alexander Lonquich, Arie Vardi, Fou Ts'ong, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.
He covered the role of main piano teacher in the 2011/2012 academic year at the “S. Moniuszko ” in Gdansk and the “ F. Nowowiejski ” by Bydgoszcz (Poland).
He was subsequently a principal piano teacher at the “N. Piccinni ” in Bari from 2013 to 2014, at the Higher Institute of Musical Studies“ G. Verdi ” in Ravenna from 2014 to 2017, at the“ A. Buzzolla ” in Adria (RO) from 2017 to 2020, and currently at the“ F. Bonporti "of Trento - section of Riva del Garda.
He also carried out teaching activities in Masterclasses at the School of Instruments in Arco di Legnago (VR), the Conservatories of Latina and Padua, the Geneva Conservatory, the “M. Paderewski "in Warsaw, the Tromsø Conservatory (Norway), the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Tbilisi Conservatory (Georgia), the Mannes College of Music in New York, the Bowdoin Festival in Brunswick (Maine - USA), the Music College of Nassau (Bahamas), the Music School of Tokyo, the Music School of Hong Kong.
Since 2014 he has been a principal piano teacher at the Amadeus Academy in Valeggio sul Mincio (VR), of which he is also Artistic Director, and is a member of the Amadeus Piano Duo together with the teacher and pianist Valentina Fornari.