April 21 to 28
Jan Gazdzicki played his first piano recital at the age of eleven. Since that time he had the honour to appear at prestigious locations, such as the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Philharmonic Hall in Talinn, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Warsaw Philharmonic. He performed in numerous European countries; these include Germany, Switzerland, France, Poland, England, Norway, Austria, Spain, Estonia and Turkey. As a soloist, he played together with the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg as well as the Capella Villa Duria.
Jan Gazdzicki’s interests as a musician reach beyond the traditional activities of a pianist: he has gained experience as a conductor and premiered his own compositions in 2015. Within the scope of his dissertation, he has also conducted musicological research. Jan has worked as a teacher at the Akademie für Musik Basel since August 2016.
He appeared as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles within major mid-European music festivals, e.g. the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, the Festival de Divonne and the Schwetzinger Mozartfest.
Jan Gazdzicki is a sought after chamber musician – he performed as the partner at the piano of Leonard Elschenbroich, Sergey Khachatryan, Leticia Munoz Moreno, Alina Pogostkina as well as Alexander Zekke and played together with the Buchberger-Quartett. Moreover, he is a constant member of the Trio Consonare.
The pianist took part in several broadcasting productions since 1996 and Ars Musici published his audio recording with pieces of J.S. Bach and A. Honegger.
His successes in piano competitions include the honorary distinction at the international broadcasting competition Concertino Praga and the 2nd prize of the International Competition of Young Pianists from the Baltic Sea Countries dedicated to the work of Fryderyk Chopin in Estonia.
In 2012 he won the 3rd prize at the International Piano Competition in Palma de Mallorca.
In November 2013 he was awarded with the Ulvi Cemal Erkin Prize at the International Piano Competition -Istanbul- Orchestra’ Sion 2013
He repeatedly won the 1st prize at the Willy Bissing Competition in Hanau, Germany. In the scope of the Jugend musiziert competition, he acquired the 1st prize at federal level both in the category of chamber music and as a soloist. In addition, he was granted the special awards of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Stadt Erlangen for the best interpretation of contemporary music.
He was a beneficiary of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation between 1998 and 2002. In the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 he obtained the Carl-Heinz Illies-Förderstipendium from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Jan Gazdzicki received his first piano lessons in Warsaw at the age of seven. Since 1992 he has been living in Germany, where he continued his musical tuition led by Stefan Schmidt at the music school Schöneck-Nidderau. In the academic year of 2001/2002 he became Jungstudent under the supervision of Anatol Ugorski in the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. The pianist completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musk und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, first in the class of Catherine Vickers, and subsequently Joachim Volkman. After his graduation in 2008, he extended his education in a post-graduate programme in the master class of Andrzej Jasinski at the Akdemia Muzyczna in Katowice, Poland.
He intensified his pianistic skills in master classes under the guidance of Dmitri Bashkiriv, Boris Bloch, Andrzej Jasinski, Klaus Schilde and Anatol Ugorski.