Piotr Kowal 

 Pianist, chamber musician, pedagogue. Graduate of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków in the piano class of Professor Andrzej Pikul (diploma with distinction). In 2018 he received the degree of Doctor of Arts; his doctoral dissertation concerned the interpretation of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven and included a recording of the sonatas op. 81a, Op. 106 Hammerklavier and Op. 111.

In 2014, the pianist developed his skills at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck in the piano class of Prof. Konstanze Eickhorst, and in 2021, as part of his postgraduate studies, in the class of Prof. Aquiles Delle Vigne. He has participated in numerous masterclasses given by distinguished pedagogues including Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitry Bashkirov, Dina Joffe, Anna Malikova, Emanuel Krasovsky and Evgeni Koroliov.

He is a laureate and finalist of international piano competitions, such as the Tadeusz Żmudziński Competition in Kraków, the Concerto Competition of the International Master Classes in Tel Hai, Israel (Jan Jacob Bistritzky Prize), the Sardoal Young Talent Award in Portugal, the “Gloria Artis Competition” in Vienna, the 4th Singapore International Classical Piano Competition, the Hans von Bülow International Competition in Meiningen or the International Piano Competition “Performance without Limit” in Łódź.

 He has given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland as well as in Austria, Denmark, Spain, Israel, Germany, Slovakia and Italy. He has performed at such international festivals as: “Wawel at Dusk” (2017), ” Sierpień Talentów” in Katowice (2014), the International Royal Krakow Piano Festival (2013), the Festival of Polish Music in Iwonicz-Zdrój (2012, 2013), the Liszt Festival in Krakow (2011), as well as at the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Krakow Philharmonic, the Czestochowa Philharmonic and the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw. He has also collaborated with the Częstochowa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Riszon le-Cijjon Symphony Orchestra, performing Franz Liszt’s Concerto in E flat major.

Since 2015, he has been working as a teacher and head of the Piano Department at the Bronisław Rutkowski Primary and Secondary Music School in Kraków, and since 2016 as an assistant at the Piano Department of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków.

He teaches a piano class as at the International Courses of Music Interpretation in Nowy Sącz. His pupils and students win prizes in national and international piano competitions.

In 2022, he received a Creative Scholarship from the Minister of Culture to promote and promote the work of the composer Joanna Bruzdowicz.