Edward Wolanin began piano lessons with Ursula Hop at the age of 5. Then, in Rzeszow, he graduated from a secondary music school in the class of Krystyna Matheis-Domaszowska. As the youngest ever student, he entered the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw at the age of 15. He studied under Prof. Jan Ekier, Prof. Bronislawa Kawalla, and in the chamber music class with Prof. Jerzy Marchwinski. After receiving his diploma, he continued his studies at the Postgraduate School under Prof. Jan Ekier. Edward Wolanin has achieved many successes at national and international competitions. While still a student, he became a laureate of the F. Chopin Artistic Scholarship competitions and the Young Stage at the Polish Piano Festival in Slupsk (1984). At the 11th F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, as a member of the Polish team, he was awarded the prize for the best Polish pianist who did not advance to the third stage. Three weeks after the Warsaw competition, he won 2nd prize at the 3rd International Chopin Competition in Palma de Mallorca (1985). A few years later (1989) he was awarded First Prize at the 3rd European Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, also receiving a number of special prizes for the best performance of etudes, nocturnes, polonaises and mazurkas. The pianist's concert repertoire includes works by composers of all eras - from Domenico Scarlatti to contemporary music composers - especially Romuald Twardowski. As a soloist, he has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Andrzej Mysiński's Concerto Avenna, and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, playing under the baton of many distinguished conductors, including. Boguslaw Madey, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Tadeusz Strugala, Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Wojciechowski and Marek Pijarowski. The pianist also enjoys giving concerts as a chamber musician, collaborating with outstanding artists such as Jerzy Artysz, Tomasz Strahl, Krzysztof and Kuba Jakowicz, He has given concerts in many European countries, in such cultural centers as Paris, London, Vienna (Bösendorfer-Saal), Rotterdam, Berlin (Charlottenburg, Schauspielhaus), Prague, Moscow, as well as in Japan, China, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Nigeria, Mexico and the USA. He has taken part in renowned Music Festivals: in Duszniki-Zdrój, Slupsk, Antonin, Marienske Lazne, Nohant, and as a chamber musician also in Schleswig-Holstein and Montpellier. Edward Wolanin has made many radio and television recordings and albums of solo and chamber music. In 2000-2001, two CDs were released by the Dux phonographic company with works by F. Chopin. They included Preludes, Op. 28, Mazurkas, Op. 30, and transcriptions of chamber works and Allegro de concert, Op. 46 for piano and symphony orchestra. In recent years, three albums of music by Romuald Twardowski have been released: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Little Concerto for piano and group of instruments, and Campane I from the cycle , "Symphonies of Bells" for piano (Acte Préalable). In 2006, two CDs of chamber music were released by the Dux label: Józef Wieniawski's Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 24, recorded with Patrycja Piekutowska (nominated for the 2006 Fryderyk Award), and Karol Szymanowski's 2 song cycles Children's Rhymes, Op. 49 to words by Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna and Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess, Op. 31 to words by Zofia Szymanowska, recorded with Anna Mikołajczyk. In 2007, Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Johannes Brahms, recorded with Erika Dobosiewicz for the Quindecim record label, was released in Mexico.July 2016 saw the release of the artist's latest album " River EN" with works by Chopin , Rachmaninov and Mahler (DUX).
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