Aleksander Dębicz

Pianist / Composer
Aleksander Dębicz is a versatile pianist and improviser, playing freely in a variety of musical styles. He is a laureate of numerous Polish and international competitions and a winner of the international competition of composition and improvisation, the Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest 2013. In 2014 he signed an exclusive contract with Warner Music Poland. His debut album for Warner Classics, Cinematic Piano explores his deep love for film music and improvisation, as well as showcasing his skills as a composer.

Born in Wrocław, Aleksander Dębicz is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of prof. Elżbieta Tarnawska. Among the many national and international awards bestowed on him are First Place and Special Prize of the City of Frankfurt (Oder) for the best performance of works by J.S. Bach at the 15th International Piano Competition of Johann Sebastian Bach in Gorzów/Frankfurt (Oder) in 2000, the Special Prize for the best performance of Haydn's sonatas on the 10th International Piano Competition in Bremen (Germany) in 2005, and the Special Prize at the International Music Competition in Bucharest in 2006. He has developed his skills at international master classes under the direction of world-renowned pianists and pedagogues such as Robert Levin, András Schiff, Andrea Bonatta, Alexander Bragiński, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Catherine Popowa-Zydroń, Andrzej Jasiński, Alexei Orłowiecki and others. He has performed both in Poland and abroad (Germany, France, Romania, Italy, Austria).

Aleksander Dębicz performed in the halls of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Wrocław, the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Chamber Hall of NOSPR in Katowice, the Academies of Music in Wrocław and Katowice, and Ragusa-Ibla in Sicily. In 2006 and 2009, he toured Romania, performing recitals in Bucharest and other major cities in that country. In 2012 he opened the Young Talents series of concerts of the Fryderyk Chopin National Institute in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, and in 2013 performed in the Chopin recitals in Łazienki Park and the Chopin in the Luxembourg Gardens festival in Paris. In 2014, he took part in the festival of Opening of new concert hall of NOSPR in Katowice.

Dębicz has established himself not only as a talented young soloist, but also a gifted chamber musician. He cooperates with outstanding Polish artists of the young generation: Wanda Franek (contralto, Polish National Opera), Marcin Zdunik (cellist, 1st prize at the VI Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, New Talent 2008 at the International Forum of Young Performers), Wojciech Psiuk (saxophonist, a laureate of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship) and many others. He also works with significant Polish popular music artists in projects derived from various musical genres including jazz, pop and rock. His debut album marks his debut as a composer, as all pieces recorded for Cinematic Piano were composed by Aleksander Dębicz himself.

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