Maria Sławek & Piotr Różański
Maria Sławek and Piotr Różański have been performing as a duo since 2007. They studied chamber music under the guidance of professor Janina Romańska-Werner at the Academy of Music in Cracow. During various master classes they were tutored by artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Daniel Stabrawa, Marek Moś and Dora Schwarzberg.
They attended many festivals, including the “Mozartiana” Festival in Gdańsk, the “Wawel Royal Castle At Dusk” Festival, the “Music in Old Cracow” Festival and the “Emanations” Festival in Cracow and in Sucha Beskidzka. In 2012 they were invited by the Kosciuszko Foundation to give a recital in New York City. The same year they released their debut album with sonatas by Schumann and Prokofiev (Grupa Twórcza Castello) which received favorable reviews and was presented on air at Polish Radio Channel 2.
In 2013, accompanied by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marek Moś, they were part of the premiere performance of Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz’s piece Spettro, registered and released as part of an album dedicated to the work of the composer (Polish Radio). Also in 2012, they performed in the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the „Atma“ Villa during a concert celebrating the composer’s 131st birthday.
Piotr Różański was born in Cracow in 1989. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow where he studied piano with Professors Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń (bachelor’s degree) and Ewa Bukojemska (master’s degree). He participated in numerous master classes.
He won first prizes at the 38th Polish Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2006) and was awarded first prize by the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship in Gdańsk (2008). He was a semifinalist of the International Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis (2009) and the „New Talent” Competition organized in Bratislava under the auspices of the European Radio Union (where he performed as a representative of Poland in 2009), as well as the Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (2011).
The pianist gave concerts in Poland, Switzerland, Germany and the United States. He took part in concert series such as “Winners and Masters” (organized by the Kulturkreis Gasteig in Munich), “Arthur Rubinstein’s Łódź Philharmonic’s Premium” and numerous festivals such as the “Chopin and His Europe” Festival, Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój and Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.
Apart from his solo performances, he is also a devoted chamber musician. In 2014, he obtained a doctoral degree in the arts. He currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Piano in the Academy of Music in Cracow and as a Professor in the Fryderyk Chopin’s State Music School in Cracow.