Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra
EMMA and Flagler College will present the internationally recognized Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra with piano soloist Macin Koziak on January 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $40.00 and may be purchased in advance at www.emmaconcerts.com, by phone at 904-797-2800, or at the door. The box office opens one hour before the performance.
Founded in 1945 as the Gdansk Symphony on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland, organizing symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirées by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many world-famous artists.
Born in Poland, Maestro Dawidow studied conducting under Bohdan Wodiczko in Warsaw and Krystof Missona in Krakow, later continuing his conducting studies in Vienna and Italy. The most significant influence on his musical personality came from the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
From 1991-95, Maestro Dawidow was a resident conductor of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic orchestra, touring with them around Europe, as well as recording almost 20 CDs. He served , from 1994-2002, as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Russian National Academic Symphony Orchestra, one of Russia’s oldest ensembles. Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow served as the General and Music Director of the Opole Philharmonic of Poland from 1999-2012 and has conducted, on a regular basis, other orchestras and opera institutions around the world in such places as Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Moscow, London, Haifa, Leningrad, USA, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Recently, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra appointed Dawidow principal guest conductor. In recognition of his musical accomplishment,, Dawidow was named ‘Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute in 2002.
Appearing with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra is pianist Macin Koziak.
Marcin Koziak was born in 1989 in Krakow, Poland, into a musical family. At the age of ten he won his first Poland-wide competition, as an eleven-year-old boy he made his debut with Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. He is a laureate of many international competitions. The most significant are: 1st prize at the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Budapest (2006), 2nd prize and three additional prizes at the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz (Poland, 2007) and 3rd prize at the 10th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (United Kingdom, 2014). He is a semifinalist and a laureate of three extra-statutory prizes of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010) and semifinalist of the 14th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2014) and 16th Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (2014). He is a laureate of many international competitions. The most significant are: the silver medal for the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Bygdgoszcz, Poland (2007), and the Bronze medal at the 10th Hastings International Piano Competition in Hastings, England (2014). Marcin Koziak was invited and gave concerts at major festivals and concert cycles: 30th La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival (2010), ‘La Folle Journée au Japon’ (Tokyo, 2010), 1 st ASEM Culture and Arts Festival (Beijing, 2009), Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz, 2011), ‘La Folle Journée au Varsovie’ (2010), 10th International Festival ‘Kiev Summer Music Evenings’ (2007), 66th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj (2011) and at many more in Geneva, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Katowice. He performed with many orchestras, e.g.: Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus, Beethoven Academy Orchestra under the batons of Alexander Lazarev, Antoni Wit, George Tchitchinadze, Xieyang Chen, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Maximiano Valdes, Yip Wing-sie, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Brian Wright, Marek Pijarowski, Boguslaw Dawidow, Stanislaw Krawczynski, Michal Dworzynski. He was invited to make appearances in the Tokyo International Forum, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Art Center of Kobe (Kobe, Japan), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, USA), Auditorium di Milano, Cadogan Hall (London), Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Salle Cortot (Paris), Great Hall in Conservatory in Geneva, Verdi Hall in Milan, National Opera in Warsaw, Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb and in the other concert halls in Japan, China, USA, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Romania, Croatia, Georgia, Estonia and Hungary. His concerts were trasmitted by e.g. japanese radio Ottava, radio France Musique, Polish Radio and Polish Television. Mr. Koziak was invited to give a performance at the Opening Gala of the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw on 1st March 2010 (at the day of 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birthday). On 4th May 2011 he was privileged to give a recital in Warsaw for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and the First Lady of the Republic of Poland Anna Komorowska during the official visit of HM in Poland; two months later he took part in a grand concert in Baths of Caracalla in Rome organized for the occasion of the beginning of the Polish Presidency in the European Union. His achievements were the reason for giving him a lot of prizes and scholarships (among the others, the Scholarship of Minister of Culture and National Heritage ‘Young Poland 2008’ and the Scholarship of Jolanta and Aleksander Kwasniewski Foundation). Marcin Koziak was a student of Professor Stefan Wojtas in Academy of Music in Krakow, where he has completed a Master’s Degree.
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