International Piano Festival 2011

Kazimierz Brzozowski

Kazimierz Brzozowski is the founder and director of the International Music Festival in Nałęczów. He has garnered international acclaim for his captivating performances, in particular the music of Chopin. He has won top prizes at the Polish Piano Festival, in the Chopin Society Competition in Warsaw and has received awards from Ann Arbor Music Society, Kosciuszko Foundation in New York and the University of Michigan. He has given recitals and performed with orchestras in Poland, U.S.A. and Japan. He has been featured on the Polish Radio and National Television and made CD recordings with Music of Chopin , Liszt and Szymanowski. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he studied with prof. R. Smendzianka, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Currently he teaches piano at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Tomoko Mack

Tomoko Mack is a performing duo pianist. She has won, together with her sister Yuki, First Prize and Kodama Prize at the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo; the Ellis Two-Piano Competition and the Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition and was featured artist in the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan, the Symposium for Two-Pianos in Florida and the Quebec International Two Piano Festival. She has concertized all over United States, in Japan, Poland, Italy and Sweden and produced three highly acclaimed compact discs that include a diverse repertoire of one-piano and two-piano works: Rhapsody, American Mosaic and Fantasy. The 4th CD, Danse Montage, will be released in 2009.

Leonid Tamulevich

Leonid Tamulevich is Associate Professor of Piano Performance at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. He is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Yakov Zak. He has appeared with solo recitals and performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Europe, America, Australia and Far East. He is a frequent guest artist and faculty member at major music festivals. He is frequently invited to give master classes at music schools and colleges all over the world, especially in France, United States, S. Korea and China. He has been a judge at many national and international competitions. He has been on the faculty of the International Music Festival in Naleczów since 2001.

Kevin Kenner

Kevin Kenner was the winner of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1990 and of the Bronze Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. His other awards include the International Terence Judd Award (London, 1990), the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (Fort Worth, 1989) and the Gina Bachauer International Competition (Salt Lake City, 1988).He records regularly for the BBC in England, where he now lives. Kevin Kenner has since performed as soloist with world-class orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Brussels, the NHK Symphony of Japan, and in the US with the principal orchestras of San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, New Jersey, Rochester, Baltimore, St. Paul and many others. He has been invited to work with many renowned conductors, including the late Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Jiri Belohlavek and Kazimierz Kord to name but a few.

Kypros Markou

Kypros Markou has conducted orchestras in Germany, Italy, England, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Chile, Greece, Cyprus, and many orchestras in the USA where he has been active as a conductor, violinist and music director of several ensembles for many years. Recent guest conducting engagements included concerts with the Filarmonica “Banatul” of Timisoara, Romania, the Moravian Philharmonic of the Czech Republic, the National Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Krakow Philharmonic, and Sinfonietta Cracovia of Poland, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepcion in Chile, the Rochester Philharmonic in New York and the Cyprus State Orchestra. From 1987 until 1994 he was Music Director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Florida. He has also held conducting posts with the Cyprus Radio Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, and the Somerset Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania. Currently is Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Additionally he is Music Director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and Music Director of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania.