Assistant Professor Konrad Skolarski, DMus

He holds a doc­tor­al degree in musi­cal arts and is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Chair of Piano, Harp­si­chord and Organ, the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw.

Kon­rad Sko­lars­ki was born in 1980 in a fam­i­ly of musi­cians. 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. In the peri­od of 1995–1998 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 at the same time he 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.

In the peri­od of 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 Rach­mani­nov, and Sergei Prokofiev. The album was released by the Uni­ver­sal Com­pa­ny in 2005 and had very favourable reviews in the press and radio straight after.

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 coop­er­ates.

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 Pro­fes­sor Peter Feuch­twan­ger (Lon­don).

In 2010 he obtained a doc­tor­al title 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 S. Rach­mani­nov, A. Skria­bin, S. Pro­ko­fiev, and piano minia­tures (Bach-Siloti, Brahms, Cho­pin, Grieg, Medt­ner, Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky-Pab­st, Rach­ma­ni­nov, Skria­bin, Saint-Saën­s/­Godowsky).

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

last modified: 13/02/2014