Wirth Institute 25th Anniversary Concert
University of Alberta Convocation Hall
Sunday, February 11th at 3pm, 2024
Please join us for a Solo Piano Recital by pianist Mikolaj Warszynski as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Wirth Institute.
This Solo Piano Recital is a tribute to the legacy of a musical icon: Marek Jablonski was a beloved artist who displayed a rare gift of spiritual communication and an inspiring teacher who touched the lives of many through his lifelong commitment to music.
Admission by donation. All proceeds go towards the Johann Strauss Foundation scholarships for advanced music study in Austria.
More info: https://www.ualberta.ca/wirth-institute/
Creation of new cycle of piano music
One of the featured Piano Improvisations in the cycle:
Excerpt of the 3rd Movement from the Schumann Concerto performed with the RDSO - from a Live Performance in October 2022
Beethoven Pastoral & Tempest Sonatas
Cultural Context, Analysis & Performance
A Lecture-Recital in 6 parts
Part 6: Tempest Sonata in performance
Larghetto from the Chopin Piano Concerto in F minor, performed Live at the Winspear Centre 'from stage to screen' as part of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Mother's Day Recital with ESO violinist Tatiana
ZUMI Piano Duo performs Livestream
May 8th 2021
The ZUMI Piano Duo performs the complete cycle of Antonin Dvorak's Legends for piano for-hands Op. 57 in conjunction with a depiction of a selection of art reproductions taken from Alfons Mucha's monumental Slav Epic
Piano Solo Album Review
"As I’ve been listening to a 2015 solo piano studio recording by Mikolaj Warszynski, I’ve found myself wondering about the process, about how music is made and how it comes to be heard.
If a pianist plays brilliantly and no one hears: is there a career? Is there even music?
Not for the first time, I’m pondering how it all works. I’ve heard stories of singers walking into auditions, knocking it out of the park but being ignored ultimately because they’re not famous. In an industry that needs stars the arrival of an unknown can be a destabilizing force, a threat to those big names. While there was a time when recording labels & publishing companies were custodians of art, stewards of excellence, lately I wonder whether anyone cares."
"Mikolaj Warszynski is an accomplished performer and teacher. His latest recording Liszt-O-Mania (University of Alberta - Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies WIR07/2018; mikolajwarszynski.net/lisztomania) is a well-chosen program of favourites by Liszt, and therefore, an easy program to sell but a tough one to perform. As an academic, Warszynski brings his love of history and research to his liner notes. They are concise, captivating and inspiring. Moreover, they create the right expectation for his performances."
"Lisztomania? It was a Ken Russell film. And the name described an actual phenomenon, crazed admirers of the great pianist Franz Liszt aka Liszt Ferenc back in the 19th Century.And there’s a CD from Mikolaj Warszynski, capturing a live concert from 2017."
Interview in Polish
"Z gdańsko-kanadyjskim pianistą i miłośnikiem sztuki, książek i podróży, Mikołajem Warszyńskim, rozmawiałam o tym, dlaczego warto grać w duecie i to z własną żoną, czy praca pedagoga daje satysfakcję i co łączyło Chopina i Liszta."