Piano

Adam Zukiewicz, piano

Adam Żukiewicz, piano

A native of Poland, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil.  He has appeared many times on TV in Poland and in Canada. Highlights of recent North American appearances include debut concerts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Concert Orchestra and Celebrity Symphony Orchestra.

Maintaining an active international career Adam Żukiewicz performs solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts with his recently founded Max Joseph Trio and other renowned instrumentalists and vocalists in USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Poland. Highlights of recent international performances include a debut recital at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona (March 2014) as well as a debut at the Residenztheater during the 2013 Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series, performing a chamber music concert with Max Joseph Trio and members of the Bayerische Staatsorchester.

Competition successes include several first prizes in competitions in Poland, First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Canada, First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition, and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC. Most recently Adam Żukiewicz became a medalist of the 2014 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

As an avid performer of new music, Adam Żukiewicz regularly performs modern works, including several premieres of new compositions; most recently Zdenek Trnka's Cervnova nokturna (sonata pro klavir) (1996-2009), John Beckwith's Follow me (2013) with clarinetist Peter Stoll and an Italian premiere of the Thoma Gaqi's Valle Symphonike No.2 with pianist Gjergji Gaqi (2012). Adam Żukiewicz's interest in modern music resulted in commissioning works from modern composers such as Bryan Christian and Wendy Lee.

Always keen on exploring new musical experiences, Adam Żukiewicz joined the Bayerische Staatsoper for the 2015 production of Alban Berg's Lulu, under the artistic direction of Kirill Petrenko.

Enthused by sharing music, thoughts and experiences of music, Adam Żukiewicz also enjoys teaching, lecturing as well as impromptu performances and musical discussions with musicians and music lovers alike. Beyond music he takes pleasure in reading, connecting with people, sports, travel, and nature, which he finds most inspiring.

Adam Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and was a music scholar at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. His doctoral dissertation "Chopin's Third Piano Sonata, Op. 58: Late Style, Formal Ambiguity, and Performance Considerations" was published in 2013 by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Adam Żukiewicz served as faculty at the University of Toronto, St Michael's Choir School in Toronto, and at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic. His students' studied in such renowned institutions as Indiana University and Eastman School of Music and their successes include various festival and competition prizes in Canada and beyond.

Adam Żukiewicz currently resides in Greeley, Colorado, where he was recently appointed an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado.

Roberto Plano, piano

Roberto Plano, piano (Master Class Clinician)

First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Finalist at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada) and the 2006 Axa Dublin International Piano Competition, Italian pianist Roberto Plano has performed throughout North America. Important venues here include Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center, where he performed the American premiere of Luis de Pablo’s Retratos y Transcripciones; Severance Hall in Cleveland, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and others. He regularly performs in Europe – notably at Sala Verdi in Milan, Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall and St. John Smith Square in London, National Concert Hall in Dublin, and at the Herculessaal and Gasteig in Munich. He has appeared with orchestras in Italy (Milan Symphony Orchestra "Verdi"), Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz), Spain (Valencia Symphony), Czech Republic (Marienbad Symphony), Slovakia (Kosice State Symphony), Romania (Oradea, Sibiu, Targu Mures Symphonies), Switzerland (Festival Strings, Lucerne), the UK (Young Symphony Orchestra), Japan (Sendai Symphony), USA symphony orchestras (Houston, Fort Worth, Spokane, Akron, Illinois S.O., Glacier S.O. & Chorale and others). In Canada he has been soloist with Calgary Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, and has been soloist with conductors such as James Conlon, Jahja Ling, Enrique Garcia Assensio, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Donato Renzetti, Ari Raisilianen, Kerry Stratton and Gary Sheldon. He has been a featured recitalist at the internationally acclaimed 57th Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland; the Festival at Sandpoint, the Portland Piano International Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Festival Amadeus, Wassermann Piano Festival (UT) in the USA; the Encuentro de musica y Accademia de Santander (Spain), the A.B. Michangeli Festival in Brescia and Bergamo, and the Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy).

Roberto Plano's friendly and outgoing personality has made him a favorite for guest appearances on a number of radio stations, including NPR’s Performance Today, WNYC in New York City, WFMT in Chicago, WGBH’s Classics in the morning (Boston), WCRI (Newport), CBC's In Performance (Toronto), BBC In Tune, RadioRai 3 Grammelot and Piazza Verdi in Italy. As a teacher, he has given public master classes at Kent State University, Augusta State University, Utah State University, University of Dayton, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Boston Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, at the Alberta Conservatory (Edmonton, Canada), at the Conservatory of San Juan (Puerto Rico), and in all the major cities of Schlewsig-Holstein, Germany, as well as in Paris at the Ecole Normale Cortot, in Taiwan, and throughout North America. During the summer he also regularly presides at the Music International Masterclasses in Portogruaro, Italy.

Plano recorded a CD of works by Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin on Italy’s Sipario Dischi label and a disc of works by Liszt on the Azica label, a disc which includes Brahms Sonata Op. 5 and Klavierstucke op.118 on the Canadian label Arktos, and just releasing a World Premiere CD for the Concerto label distributed in North America by .

Having already earned an international reputation for his fine collaborative playing, Mr. Plano has performed with some of the finest chamber music groups in the world, including the Takacs, the Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg, the Vogel, the Jupiter, the Enso and the Henschel String Quartets.

As a result of his success at the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition, he appeared in the film documentaries "In the Heart of Music" and "Encores" (together with James Conlon and Menahem Pressler) which was aired on PBS stations across the United States, as well as in Europe through the satellite channel MEZZO. In 2006, Plano was chosen to participate in the DVD recording “A Masterclass with Jean-Michel Damase”, filmed in Paris by ARTE at Salle Cortot; and together with Philippe Entremont, a second video project about the music of Mozart, broadcast by NHK in Japan.

Plano was also named the “Best Ensemble Performer” at the 2003 Honens Competition for his performances with cellist Shauna Rolston and soprano Ingrid Attrot. He was also the winner of the "Best Recital" and "Best Performance of a Commissioned Work" prizes at the 2006 Axa Dublin International Piano Competition. In other international piano competitions (after having won First Prizes in fifteen National Competition in Italy), Mr. Plano was a competition finalist at the 2003 Busoni in Italy, a prizewinner at the Sendai (Japan, 2001), and at the Jose Iturbi (Spain, 2000).

Mr. Plano has studied at the École Normale “Cortot” in Paris with Nelson Delle Vigne, where in 2004 he earned the “Diplome Superieur De Concertiste” with First Prize and a special mention: “à l’unanimité et avec felicitations du jurie”. While studying in Paris, he was selected to participate in public Masterclasses with such distinguished artists as Philippe Entremont, Aldo Ciccolini, Joaquin Achucarro and François-René Duchable. In 2003 he earned the International Certificate for Piano Artists from École Normale in collaboration with the University of Florida. Other teachers have included Eli Perrotta, Walter Krafft, Lazar Berman, Bruno Canino, William Grant Naboré (Lake Como Academy) and Bruno Marengoni.

Recently Mr. Plano made his debut at the Festival "Les Fêtes Musicales" di Biarritz, France, toured Italy playing Beethoven's Triple Concerto, toured Canada and the U.S. (Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Cincinnati, Forth Worth, Austin, Los Alamos, Denver, and New York's Steinway Hall), played with the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra at the Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, and made his debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa conducted by Pinchas Zukerman.

Highlights of recent previous seasons included Mr. Plano's debut with the strings of the Berliner Philarmoniker in Italy, his debut recital at London's Wigmore Hall, his debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and concerts with the Milan, Forth Worth, Calgary, Bakersfield, Glens Falls, Reading, and Yakima Symphony Orchestras, plus new collaborations with groups such as the St. Petersburg String Quartet. North American recital engagements followed in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, New York, Illinois, and British Columbia, plus debut appearances at the Ravinia Festival (IL) and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (MI).

In 2011, along with Italian actress Lella Costa, he performed Liszt’s Melologiues for piano and narrator in a number of appearances in Italy (Padua, Parma, Cividale, Bassano del Grappa). He was also invited by Michele Campanella for the Liszt Marathon organized by the Liszt Society and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. In July, 2011 he performed at SUNY New Paltz’s McKenna Theatre (NY) at the invitation of Vladimir Feltsman’s PianoSummer Festival. In the summer of 2012 he made his recital debut at the prestigious Newport (RI) Music Festival. The 2012-13 season will see him as soloist with the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra (MS) and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (NY) and return engagements with the Bakersfield S.O. (CA), and the Boise Philharmonic (ID).

Roberto served on the juries of the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition (December 2007) and will serve on the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition jury.

He lives in Italy in Travedona Monate, near Milan, where he teaches regularly at the new Accademia Musicale Varesina which he founded. In September, 2011 he created the Music Association “Alfred Cortot”, which he chairs, with the purpose of spreading the joy of classical music in all its aspects and giving priority to the musical education of children.

NY Times music critic Anthony Tommasini has written: “This Italian pianist showed artistic maturity beyond his years… there was a wonderful clarity and control of inner voices in his performances…” A recital at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts in St. Paul. MN, for the Frederic Chopin Society was marked by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press critic Ron Hubbard describing his performance among the top ten events of 2009. Mr. Plano has been described by The Chronicle in Glens Falls, NY, as the “Pavarotti of the Piano” for his lyricism, and also defined by the Chicago radio commentator Paul Harvey as the heir of Rubinstein and Horowitz.