The founder and leader of Duo Granat. Over the course of her career, she has recorded 13 albums, 12 DVDs and numerous pieces for the Polish Radio and Television. She has also performed in various European countries, in the USA (Kennedy Center – 1991, Lincoln Center – 2005), in Russia (International Piano Duo Festival in Yekaterinburg – 1991) and Indonesia (2000).
Duo Granat hasperformed on several occasions at the National Philharomic in Poland (1996, 2001, 2011, 2013). Together with the NOSPR orchestra in Katowice, the duo recorded Mozart’s E-flat Major concerto and various pieces by 20th century comoposers. The duo has performed alongside conductors from all over the world, including: Jan Krenz, Andriej Boreyko, Wojciech Michniewski, Mika Eichenholz, Wojciech Rajski, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Adam Klocek, Gerardo Estrada, José Maria Florencio and together with the following international orchestras: Sinfonia Varsovia, Baltic Philharmonic, Olsztyn Philharmonic, Poznań Philharmonic, Lublin Philharmonic, Yekaterinburg Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic, Częstochowa Philharmonic and Capella Bydgostiensis. For their recording of J.S. Bach’s concertos (DUX 0188), Duo Granat was presented with the Polish music industry award – Fryderyk – in 2000. The following year, the duo was nominated for the same prize for their recording of various pieces by Paderewski.
In 2009, Tamara Granat teamed up with Daniel Propper to record two albums – French Music for Piano Duo (awarded with the Connoisseur Choice of Classic FM prize) and Malaguena. In 2012, together with Japanese pianist Eri Iwamoto, Tamara recorded the Wasteland album with music by British composer Andy Harris.
In 2014, the duo was commissioned by the Polish Radio to record several pieces by Polish composers (including Filip Scharwenka, Ignacy Friedman, Maurycy Moszkowski, Juliusz Zarębski, Witold Lutosławski, Roman Maciejewski) at the S1 Witold Lutosławski studio in Warsaw. This was a historical first recording of Zarębski’s A Travers Pologne op. 23 and Mazurkas op. 4 as well as Moszkowski’s Polish National Dances op. 55. The duo strongly emphasizes the importance of promoting Polish music – both internally and abroad. Furthermore, Duo Granat was instrumental in editing and publishing Roman Maciejewski’s Negro Spirituals by the Polish Music Publishing House.
In December 2014, the duo gave a world premiere performance of Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos op.88a alongside Venezuelan conductor Gerardo Estrada and the Częstochowa Philharmonic orchestra.
Together with Argentinian pianist Adrian Kreda, Duo Granat has recorded the Destiny album featuring Astor Piazzola tangos and Carlos Guastavino's Tres Romances Argentinos. In April 2016, in celebration of Mozart's 260th birthday, the Granat – Kreda duo recorded all 6 of the composer's 4 hands and 1 piano sonatas at the NOSPR chamber hall in Katowice.
On the 13th of December 2015, Tamara performed alongside Krzysztof Jablonski during the latter's jubilee concert at the Wrocław National Forum of Music. The artists plan to reunite at the same venue in October 2016 to perform Max Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos together with conductor Marek Pijarowski.
Adrian holds Swiss, Polish and Argentinian citizenships. He currently resides in Geneva where he holds the posts of dean at the Music Conservatoire and piano professor.
A graduate of the National Conservatoire in Buenos Aires, the Music Academy in Cracow and the Geneva Conservatoire, Adrian has inherited the musical traditions of a number of esteemed professors: Edith Murano, Ana Grunwald, Bruno Gelber and Paul Badura-Skoda.
Adrian is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, including: Concours de Piano Latino-Américain (1985), Promociones Musicales (1983) and Concours Ginastera.
Having given his first concert at the age of 10, Adrian has performed on countless stages in various countries around the globe with a uniquely broad and interesting repertoire. Since his early years, he has been regularly performing as a solo pianist as well as chamber musician during the most prestigious festivals.
Throughout his career, Adrian has performed countless recordings for numerous radio and television programmes, including: Radio Nationale de Buenos Aires, TV Argentina, S.O.D.R.E de Montevideo and Radio Suisse Romande.
He has performed at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina), S.O.D.R.E. and Mozarteum in Montevideo (Uruguay), Sao Pedro San Pablo Theatre (Brasil), Victoria Hall (Switzerland), Warsaw Philharmonic, Cracow Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal) and Prague Philharmonic. In 1992, at the Poznań Philharmonic, he gave the historical first performance of Alberto Ginastera's 1st piano concerto. In 1996, in France, Adrian performed an integral series of sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Adrian has also performed on numerous albums well-received by music critics, including: Les Virtuoses Romantiques and Solistes de l'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. He regularly records with various chamber ensembles, the Lancy-Geneve orchestra and as part of the Duo Granat duet.
On several occasions, on account of his expertise, Adrian has been invited to hold the prestigious post of juror at various piano competitions. The artist is also considered an expert in the field of Argentinian music: he has written hundreds of arrangements of pieces by Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera.
Adrian is also a composer and conductor. His pieces are regularly performed during concerts and recorded in the form of albums.
Born in Nara, Japan. She is a graduate of Soai University in Osaka. Holder of grants from the Rohm Music Foundation and Nomura Culture Foundation, which enabled her to study music for seven years in Europe. She graduated from the F.Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genéve. In 2007 she took her soloist’s diploma at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland.
She was taught by: Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Maciej Piotrowski, Virginio Pavarana, Filippo Gamba, Tomasz Herbut, Sumiko Tsujimoto and Kumiko Hata.
In 2001 she received the Grand Prix at the Ninth International Milosz Magin Piano Competition in Paris, what resulted in numerous concert appearances in Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland and Japan. She has performed at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, Viana do Castelo Music Festival in Portugal, Schubert Festival in Italy, “Chopin in the Colours of Autumn” at Antonin and the Festival “Summer with Chopin” in Busko-Zdrój, Poland.
The music of Karol Szymanowski has a privileged part in her concert activity. In the year 2005 she received a special prize for the best performance of a composition by Karol Szymanowski at the 6th. International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Łódź. In 2008 she recorded an album with music by Karol Szymanowski, issued on the Acte Préalable label. In 2009 she gave a number of recitals with Szymanowski in Japan, among others for the national radio broadcaster NHK, which brought her the Osaka Mayor’s Award for culture.
Currently she lives in Poland. She is a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Łódź.
Shoko Kusuhara was born in Chiba, Japan. She showed her interest in piano from a very young age and started musical experience in class for children attached to Toho-Gakuen School of Music at the age of four. She gained recognition in young age, getting prizes in the competition for young talent in her country. She finished Toho Music High School and Toho Gakuen School of Music in class Prof. Hidemitsu Hayashi. She then completed piano studies with Prof. Barbara Hesse-Bukowska and Maria Wilkomirska at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Her staying in Poland took place during a momentous period in Polish history, coincided with the Solidarity, strikes, protests and severe food shortages. This left an indelible impression and initiated a lifelong affinity for this country.
A First Prizewinner of the Bela Siki Piano Competition in Sydney 1989 which extended her concert activities, thanks to which she went on her concert tour in Australia.
Pianist has given recitals in Japan, Tokyo, Yokohama Nagoya and other cities all over country, including at the YAMAHA Hall sponsored by Yamaha Corporation, Chopin Festival organized by KAWAI-Chopin society etc.
She has regularly invited by F.Chopin society of Poland for the Chopin’s Sunday concert at his birth place Zelazowa Wola and Warsaw Ladzienki Park. Since 1997 has invited every year by International Piano Festival as a soloist ‘Summer with Chopin’ in Busko-Zdroj. 2006-2010 she had been a guest pianist and professor in International Poland Music Festival & Seminar in Naleczow. Performed also in Gdansk, Slupsk Piano Festival, Karzimierz dolny and other cities. Her recording of Chopin’s mazurkas for radio Gdansk were broadcasted.
Shoko has performed as a soloist with Bamberger Symphoniker & United Orchestra in Bicentennial Memorial New Year concert 2000 in Bamberg Germany, New Philharmonic Orchestra Tokyo.
Giving numerous lecture concerts and master-classes about Chopin and polish composer’s works especially dance music as mazurkas and polonaises, Shoko Kusuhara is recognized an authentic pianist one who deeply understands Polish music. This year she performs Juliusz Zarebski’s piano works, among them Grand Polonaise Op.6, Les Roses et Les Epines Op.13 and Piano Quintet G minor Op.34
She has worked as a jury member in International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia and other competitions in Japan. Currently she is a lecturer in Toho-Gakuen School of Music. A member of central committee in Japan Piano Teachers Association (JPTA).
Laureate of the F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985 as well as numerous top prizes at international piano competitions in Milan, Palm Beach, Monza, Dublin, New York, Calgary as well as Gold Medal at the A. Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.
For almost 30 years Jablonski is active performing solo, chamber music as well as with orchestras on stages in Europe, Americas, Asia and Israel in prestigious concert halls, including appearances on the Master Concert Series at Berliner Philharmonie. Frequent guest of many orchestras, performed under baton of V. Gergiev, A. Boreyko, K. Penderecki, J. Semkow,
J. Maksymiuk, F. Brueggen, W. Bothe, Y. Tezuka, T. Shimono, A. Wit, J. Krenz and with prominent ensembles such as Orchestra of the 18th Century, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Jenaer Philharmonie, Festival Orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kirishima Festival Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As chamber music recitalist he recently performed with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Arto Noras, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Teng Li - to name just a few. He is a member of "Warsaw Piano Quintet" which was first founded by W. Szpilman in 1962.
Jablonski’s rather romantic nature was shaping his music taste and interests over years. Beside most popular works Jablonski has in his repertoire, he also plays some less known compositions such as Concertos by F. Riess, H. Litolff, E. Dohnanyi. He was invited to perform for ballet, opera and theatre spectacles as well as for spectacular, multidiscipline projects with multimedia presentations and lights such as Scriabin's "Promethee" with Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Ballet “Fortepianissimo” choreographed by Lorca Massine at the National Opera in Warsaw, original piano version of the Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande. He was invited to perform during opening of the Wiener Opernball in Vienna together with the Vienna State Opera Ballet choreographed by Giorgio Madia. Jablonski also performed for crowd of thousands with Grant Park Orchestra and K. Urbanski at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago.
In February of 2013, Jablonski performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with Maestro Valery Gergiev and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra during fundraising event “Clean Baltic Sea Concert” in Helsinki. This performance was streamed live over Internet as well as recorded by Finnish Radio and TV.
2013 has brought Jablonski also to Japan where he performed Beethoven's Concerto with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra following his successful appearances with Kirishima Festival Orchestra in 2012. In 2014 he will be again performing during Kirishima Festival and in 2015, celebrating 30 years of his artistic career, performing Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra - the same Piano Concerto he played during Finals of the F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985 where his international career began.
He has made live recordings for radio and television in many countries as well as numerous CDs in Germany, Japan, and Poland.
Studied with Janina Butor and Prof. Andrzej Jasiński. Worked during master classes with R. Kerer and N. Magaloff. Graduated with honors in 1987 from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1996. He is a Professor of The F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw as well as Visiting Artists collaborating with Mount Royal University in Calgary and faculty member of the Morningside Music Bridge Program. In addition to academic responsibilities, he presents master classes, lectures and is a jury member at international piano competitions.
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