AMERICAN TOUR VOL. 2

Concerts, lectures, world premieres of works by contemporary Polish composers and many other unique events. It's all this autumn, on Marek and Jan Kalinowski's second US concert tour!

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The Year of Thaddeus Kosciuszko

October 15, 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Marek and Jan Kalinowski will perform a concert in New York to celebrate this anniversary. On October 20, in The Kosciuszko Foundation, they will perform the world premiere of Jakub Polaczyk's new piece "Act for TK", written especially for the occasion!

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Chopin's Mazurkas

Academy of Music in Krakow published an essay by Marek about Chopin's Mazurkas edited by Zygmunt Stojowski(located in the collection of the composer's manuscripts in the Polish Music Center in Los Angeles) in the context of the editorial trends and practices of 19th and 20th century.

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Marek Szlezer - pianist

 

First and foremost there is Marek Szlezer, a young pianist blessed with a naturalness and warmth that void all ‘knowingnes’, all tricks of the trade. What breath and turbulence he achieves in the F minor Fantasie with such enviably unforced means. Always he finds a direct, unimpeded path to musical truth and eloquence. You may hear a more fervent or volatile Chopin (from, say, Cortot and Argerich respectively) but you will be hard-pressed to find one more musicianly. Everything is given time to breath and speak  (‘to weep and sing and sigh’, to quote Liszt) and, listening to the central benediction at the hearts of the Marche Funebre and the Scherzo from the Op 35 Sonata, you can almost imagine Myra Hess (for Stephen Kovacevich ‘a virtuoso in sound’) hearing a pianist after her own heart. Never would she have felt inclined as she often did, contemplating rushed fences and telescoped phrases to cry out ‘Vive le sport!’

Bryce Morrison Grammophone

 

Marek Szlezer clearly reveres the great Chopin players of the past, and his performances are not diminished in the comparison.

Guy Aron MusicWeb International

 

I was enchanted by the never-ending inventiveness of Szlezer’s interpretation; always pure and eloquent and never clangorous even in the most tumultuous passages(…)The concert was a delight from start to finish(…)Overall, I found the more contemplative pieces like the nocturnes and the mazurkas more satisfactory as it was in these gems that the type of interpretation in which Szlezer excels shows up the perfection of the composition.

Kenneth Tabona The Sunday Times 

 

Szlezer is excellent.

Peter Graham Woolf Musical Pointers 

 

Marek Szlezer wonderfully shows a flourish art of that keyboard master at the dawn of modernism.

Johannes Saltzwedel Kulturspiegel

 

[...] Marek Szlezer’s expressive and confident performance [...] perfectly introduces into the polyphony and richness of these musical masterworks.

Thomas Rigail ClassiqueInfo

 

What these young, born in Cracow in 1981, pianist has to give are the cleanest energy, the strength of youth and the genius of the unbridled talent [...] The real showcase card of Marek Szlezer are his concerts, giving the possibility to meet with the living, genuine art. Without sophisticated accretions. Art composed of the purest emotions, direct and simply sincere. Such a heart-to-hearts. [...]

Adrianna Ginał, Gazeta Krakowska

 

Marek Szlezer has all the qualities to attract audiences to concert halls. He has a good technique, great sensitivity, and rich imagination, he knows how to build a form, he operates music tensions aptly and – what is perhaps the most importantly in the life of entertainer – he has the gift of focusing listeners' attention on his play. He plays interesting. You might not agree with his interpretations, but you cannot get bored with them.

Anna Woźniakowska, Dziennik Polski

 

Can be heard in the recordings that the one who plays for us is the virtuoso with a large, romantic sound, the sensitive lyricist and the advertent rhetoric. 

Małgorzata Komorowska Ruch Muzyczny

 

In his interpretations of Chopin's masterpieces Marek Szlezer emphasizes especially their dramatic moment, he has the necessary impetus for doing so and the understanding for characteristic dynamics of Chopin’s music. His interpretations of mazurkas, subtle, though not without temperament also won the approval [...]

Aleksandra Konieczna, Silesia nr 65 (wydanie specjalne)

 

Krzysztof Meyer never had luck with the promotion of his music. That makes his music - although he is widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the turn of the century - not sufficiently appreciated either in the country or abroad. [...] Relatively little known are his works for piano solo. It is most fortunate that great pianist from Krakow, Marek Szlezer decided to bring them in a light.

Mieczysław Burski, Polskieradio.pl

 

The last point of the program were two solos pieces  Fryderyk Chopin  "Ballad No. 3 in A-flat major" and "Polonaise in A-flat major" presented by Marek Szlezer. Both pieces are most popular of Chopin repertoire. Polonaise, known for its high degree of difficulty, showed the advantages of Marek’s play, which was both dynamic and elegant. 

Emil Norden, Blakinge Lans Tidning

 

The grand finale in Konserthusteatern became a dazzling display of musical virtuosity. The varied program, commonly making music in a relaxed atmosphere with musicians of master level! [...] Polish pianist Marek Szlezer proved that he is a brilliant pianist. His performance of the Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major was marked by both the strength and the ease. His performance was full of passion.

Jane Betts, Blakinge Lans Tidning