A Distinguished pianist! Musically articulate! Sensitive! all describe the playing of Pawel Skrzypek, who completed his course of study at the Warsaw Music Academy in 1979. In 1983 he completed his post-graduate master course at the Royal Northem College of Music, Manchester, England, under distinguished pianist, Professor Ryszard Bakst.
Mr. Skrzypek has received many prestigious awards, among them: the first prize at the Chopin Competition in London in 1980. The following year (1981) he tied for first place in the Dudley National Piano Competition, Birmingham, England. He then received the "Worshipful Company of Musicians of London" Silver Medal in 1982.
Mr. Skrzypek has performed extensively in Europe, North Africa, South-East Asia and Canada. He made his debut in Moscow in 1992 where he performed at the Palace of Congress for an audience of 6,000. Mr. Skrzypek tours the United States annually where he has performed from coast to coast. He has had the distinction of having his Austin, Texas recital recorded live by the National Public Radio and aired on April 1, 1992.
Skrzypek's professional activities also include the teaching of master courses of interpretation; festival perfomances and recordings.
Mr. Skrzypek has been praised by numerous
aficionados and critics as a powerful, energetic and emotionally interpretive
pianist with the skill and knowledge that come from being "one" with
the music and piano. The essential core of Mr. Skrzypek's repertoire is the great
romantic and neo-romantic forms as well as the expressionistic forms from the
turn of the XIX century.
"Skrzypek's palette showed extraordinary variety. This is a pianist of rare communicative power..." - William Glackin, The Sacramento BEE
"Mr. Skrzypek brought
the gift with which few artists are blessed. He transcended the music and communicated
with the universal language of the heart." - Robert McClintock Sacramento