Łódź | Pianos of Freedom


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the post-war Polish film industry and education. The two upcoming recitals as part of the "Pianos of Freedom" series in Łódź will be dedicated to film music. Witold Janiak will present melodies from popular animated films on 12 September 2020 at 12.30 p.m. at the Schiller Passage. Adam Kośmieja will interpret the most famous pieces of film music composed by Poles on 13 September 2020 at 4.00 p.m. in Fuzja Łódź.

The project, which consists of piano chamber concerts organised in the city space of Łódź, was initiated by the Soundedit Festival in 2018. The upcoming September concerts will feature pianists associated with Łódź and Bydgoszcz.

Composer, pianist and organist Witold Janiak teaches jazz piano, harmony and improvisation at the Academy of Music in Łódź. He is a winner of many industry awards. He has performed with leading Polish musicians and released six original albums. The artist also wrote music for the musical Dlaczego Maciek nie poszedł do nieba. Adam Kośmieja is a rising star of Polish avant-garde pianism. He has performed, among others, at the famous Carnegie Hall or at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Beijing. After studying in Poland, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in the piano class of Solomon Mikowsky. He was awarded the Harold and Helen Schonberg scholarship, dedicated to the memory of the eminent music critic of 'The New York Times'. Currently, as a PhD holder, he is a lecturer at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

On 12 September Witold Janiak will present works by Piotr Hertl, Andrzej Korzyński and others, including themes from animated films Miś Uszatek, Przygody misia Colargola and Akademia Pana Kleksa. The organizers invite whole families to this concert. On Sunday, 13 September, Adam Kośmieja will perform famous pieces of film muisic composed by Wojciech Kilar, Waldemar Kazanecki, Zbigniew Preisner and Krzesimir Dębski.

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