Mikolaj Warszynski, pianist & scholar
Mikolaj Warszynski (D.Mus) has performed in recitals across North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, lecturer, and pedagogue. A Canadian pianist of Polish origin, Mikolaj Warszynski performs extensively as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and is equally comfortable playing music of the baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. Invitations to many prominent music festivals and societies have led to recent performances in Budapest at the Liszt Museum, in Warsaw at the Royal Łazienki Park under the Chopin monument and at the Iwaszkiewicz Muzeum, in Gdansk at the Baltic Philharmonic Hall, in Zakopane for the Szymanowski Festival, in the French Alps at the Flaine Opus74 Summer Music Festival, in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival, in Sicily at the Falcone Borsellino Hall, in Rotterdam at the Laurenskerk Cathedral, and in South Korea at the Woobong Art Hall. In Canada, Warszynski has made recital appearances at the Place des Arts and the Chapelle historique du bon Pasteur in Montreal, at the Gallery 345 and the ‘Nocturnes in City’ series in Toronto, the Edmonton Recital Society & The Winspear Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts, and in Calgary at the Steinway Concert Hall. During the Chopin bicentennial, Warszynski performed the Chopin F minor concerto across Canada with the Mazurka String Quintet, and has appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Kielce Philharmonic (Poland). He is also a founding member of the Warszynski Trio, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Canadian composers, whose album Devil’s Dance was released on Clef Records. As part of the ZUMI Piano Duo, together with his wife, pianist Zuzana Simurdova, Mikolaj gave the Canadian premiere of Disintegration by Claude Vivier, for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec. The Duo has gone on to perform recitals on tour in Canada, Europe, and most recently, China.
Mikolaj Warszynski is a recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards from Canada and abroad, and was a gold medalist in the Festival de Musique du Royaume du Québec. He completed his bachelor's degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta, and participated in masterclasses at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In Europe, he furthered his graduate studies “cum laude” at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, where he was awarded a Sauter grand piano on loan from the National Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam. Upon his return to Canada, Mikolaj Warszynski became artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts before completing both his master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Montreal. He is a recipient of a doctorate scholarship from the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture du Quebec in support of his dissertation entitled “Exoticism and intercultural influences in the piano cycle Metopes (1915) by Karol Szymanowski”. Mikolaj Warszynski has worked with many renowned professors, including Marek Jablonski, Anton Nel, Sergio Perticaroli, Bernard Ringeissen, Krzysztof Jablonski, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand, Paul Stewart, Aquiles Delle Vigne.
In addition to an active performing career, professor Dr. Warszynski has been invited to present lectures and masterclasses in Canada, Poland, and in the United States for the College of Music Society. He has taught piano in Canada at the Université de Montréal and at the Cégep de Drummondville. Most recently, Dr. Warszynski returned from a two-year teaching position as Assistant Professor in Piano at the Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea, and has been invited to teach annual summer piano masterclasses at the Flaine Opus74 Academy in the French Alps. Currently, he is affiliated with the University of Alberta as the Music Liaison for the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European studies.
Warszynski has been heard on radio and television broadcasts across Canada on CBC, CKUA, CJSR and OMNI TV, in Czech Republic (Radio Vltava), and in the USA (WPRB). He has recorded piano music by Haydn, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin, on the French label Anima Records in 2015, and has received excellent reviews from Fanfare Magazine (New York), Saisons de Culture (Paris), and the WholeNote (Toronto). His latest album entitled Lisztomania was recently released on the Wirth Institute Label.