Assistant Professor Konrad Skolarski, DMus

Pho­to Ani­ta Wąsik-Pło­cińs­ka

Pol­ish pianist Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki was born in 1980 in War­saw in a musi­cal fam­i­ly. He holds a doc­tor­al degree in musi­cal arts and is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Chair of Piano, the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. As a con­cert pianist he is known for his with extra­or­di­nary tech­nique and rec­og­niz­able own style of inter­pre­ta­tions, as well as for inter­est­ing and sophis­ti­cat­ed piano reper­toire.

In April 2017 the pianist per­formed the Pol­ish pre­miere of Rodi­on Shchedrin 1st Piano con­cer­to with Nation­al Pol­ish Radio Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Katow­ice under the baton of Alexan­der Humala. In Octo­ber 2017 Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki gave recitals and mas­ter­class in Buenos Aires, receiv­ing  enthu­si­as­tic reviews. In Novem­ber 2017 Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki gave a very suc­cess­ful tour in the US, per­form­ing recitals in New York and Buf­fa­lo, as well as 2nd Chopin piano con­cer­to with Buf­fa­lo Phil­har­mon­ic under the baton of Maes­tra JoAnn Fal­l­et­ta. His per­for­mance of Chopin 2nd con­cer­to there was acclaimed “rev­e­la­tion” and “hit” and was includ­ed in the pro­mo­tion­al CD of Buf­fa­lo Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra. The pianist gave also mas­ter­class in Buf­fa­lo Uni­ver­si­ty, as well as at Nazareth Col­lege of Rochester, New York.

He start­ed to learn to play the piano at the age of 4 under Pro­fes­sor Marek Miz­era. At the age of 9, he per­formed Con­cer­to in F Minor by J.S. Bach with the famous orches­tra Con­cer­to Aven­na. After­wards, he per­formed many times as a young vir­tu­oso at the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic dur­ing Sun­day con­certs for the youth.

At the age of 13, he became a lau­re­ate of the Pro­fes­sor Lud­wik Ste­fańs­ki Com­pe­ti­tion for Young Pianists. He was then noticed by Pro­fes­sor Hali­na Czerny-Ste­fańs­ka who gave him the 2nd award. Between 1995 and 1998, he stud­ied under Janusz Ole­jniczak. In 1997, he par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Inter­na­tion­al Mas­ter Course called “The Pianists of Tomor­row” in Hama­mat­su, Japan, orga­nized by the Japan Music Foun­da­tion and Hiroko Naka­mu­ra. He was the only pianist from Europe invit­ed to this com­pe­ti­tion, and was its youngest par­tic­i­pant among 25 pianists from around the world. He devel­oped his skills dur­ing pri­vate and mas­ter class­es with such famous musi­cians as: Alexan­der Jen­ner, Ser­gio Per­ti­carol­li, Hiroko Naka­mu­ra, Oxana Yablon­skaya (Jul­liard School of Music) and Vladimir Krainev.

From 1998–2005, he stud­ied under the Russ­ian pianist Olga Rusi­na. In 2001 he won the 1st award at the 3rd Inter­na­tion­al P. Tchaikovsky Com­pe­ti­tion in Spain (Huesca). For this achieve­ment, he was award­ed with the Schol­ar­ship of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture. Between 2002 and 2005, he stud­ied at the Acad­e­my of Music in Wrocław, class of Prof. Olga Rusi­na, and after that he com­plet­ed a one-year course in the class of the world-famous pianist and ped­a­gogue, Pro­fes­sor Pavel Gililov. In 2002 he record­ed his debut album with pieces by Fry­deryk Chopin, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rach­mani­noff, and Sergei Prokofiev. The album was released by the Uni­ver­sal Com­pa­ny in 2005 and had very favor­able reviews.

In 2007, Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki grad­u­at­ed from the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, class of Pro­fes­sor Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj, and in the peri­od of 2007–2010 he was a stu­dent at a mas­ter class of the men­tioned pro­fes­sor Pavel Gililov (post­grad­u­ate stud­ies: “Konz­er­tex­a­m­en”) with whom he still col­lab­o­rates.

By work­ing under many Russ­ian pianists and ped­a­gogues, Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki had a chance to famil­iar­ize with two cen­tres of the famous Russ­ian piano schools – the “Leningrad” school and the “Moscow” one.

In 2009 Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki par­tic­i­pat­ed in a com­pe­ti­tion in Leeds and was also invit­ed to the most pres­ti­gious piano fes­ti­val called “Klavier­fes­ti­val Ruhr.” The artist’s con­cert at the WDR Cologne (2010) was record­ed and trans­mit­ted live. The artist gave con­certs in Ger­many, Czech Repub­lic, Spain, Ser­bia, Bel­gium, Switzer­land, Great Britain and Japan.

Since 2010 Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki has been a stu­dent of leg­endary Prof. Peter Feucht­wanger in Lon­don, who has worked with many dis­tin­guished pianists, includ­ing Martha Arg­erich, Nel­son Freire or Shu­ra Cherkassky.

In 2010, he obtained a doc­tor­al degree, and since 2011 he has been coop­er­at­ing with the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw (class of Pro­fes­sor Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj).

Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki signed a record­ing con­tract with DUX. In 2012, the com­pa­ny released two albums with pieces by Rach­mani­noff, Scri­abin, Prokofiev, and piano minia­tures (Bach-Siloti, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Medt­ner, Tchaikovsky, Tchaikovsky-Pab­st, Rach­mani­noff, Scri­abin, Saint-Saën­s/­Godowsky). In 2012 his solo CD with Rach­mani­nov, Scri­abin and Prokofiew was award­ed by the inter­na­tion­al music crit­ics – Dia­pa­son “5” Award and nom­i­na­tion for Fry­deryk Award.

The recent con­cert plans of Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki include per­for­mances in War­saw Phil­har­mon­ic (with Sin­fo­nia Iuven­tus and Michail Jurows­ki), at 20. Lud­wig van Beethoven East­er Fes­ti­val, 30. Izmir Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val, and many oth­ers. 

The artist is inter­est­ed in paint­ing, poet­ry, psy­chol­o­gy and phi­los­o­phy – espe­cial­ly the ide­al­is­tic phi­los­o­phy of the Far East.

last modified: 09/07/2018