Jan Wachowski


Jan Wachowski is twenty-one-year-old Polish pianist. Currently he is a third-year student at the Frederic Chopin’s University of Music in Warsaw in the piano faculty with Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel and Konrad Skolarski. Simultaneously he is a third-year student in the composition faculty with Paweł Łukaszewski.

He attended numerous piano courses including period instruments under the guidance of Tobias Koch, Kevin Kenner, Philip Giusiano, Nikolai Demidenko, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Wojciech Świtała. He has already given many pianistic performances, among others; in Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), Belgium, Italy, Germany and in Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. His most important pianistic achievements include: 1st Prize at the 21st Pietro Argento International Piano Competition in Pianistic Performance category up to 37 years as a nineteen-year-old pianist (Barii, Italy 2018), Special Prize at the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (Dusseldorf, Germany 2020), 1st Prize, Grand Prix and Special Award of Szczecin Philharmonic at the 5th National Piano Competition (Szczecin, Poland 2017), 2nd Prize at the 4th International Frederic Chopin Competition (Rzeszów, Poland 2017), 5 th Prize at the 49th Frederic Chopin’s National Piano Competition (Warsaw, Poland 2018). Waldesrauschen by Ferenc Liszt in his performance has been released on the jubilee album on the 20th edition of Morningside Music Bridge International Program, which he was a participant in 2016. One of his last performances in Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin during the final concert with International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra conducted by Rune Bergmann ended up with great success. He played Variations on a Paganini theme of Witold Lutosławski.

In 2017 his Piano Quintet was one of the winning works at the International Chamber Music Composition Competition Cum Laude Music Awards in Madrid (Spain) and was named „Best Classical Contemporary Work for Piano Quintet”. In July 2018 Quintet has been released on „In Crescendo” CD and it was performed in artistic season 2018/19 on various concert halls in Europe.

First round

K. Szymanowski: Variations b flat minor op. 3
Theme: Andantino tranquillo e semplice
Var. 1 Listesso tempo
Var. 2 Agitato
Var. 3 Andantino quasi tempo di mazurka
Var. 4 Con moto
Var. 5 Lento dolce
Var. 6 Scherzando, molto vivace
Var. 7 Allegro agitato ed energico
Var. 8 Meno mosso. Mesto
Var. 9 Maggiore. Tempo di valse. Grazioso
Var. 10 Andantino dolce
Var. 11 Andantino dolce affetuoso
Var. 12 Allegro con fuoco

C. Debussy: L’isle joyeuse L. 106

Final round

F. Chopin: Nocturne c minor op. 48 No. 1

F. Chopin: Ballade f minor No. 4 op. 52

C. Debussy: Ballade F major CD 78 L.70

S. Prokofiev: Sonata a minor No. 3 op. 28
Allegro tempestoso - Moderato - Allegro tempestoso - Moderato - Più lento - Più animato - Allegro I - Poco più mosso

J. Zarębski: Grand Polonaise F sharp major op. 6