Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland

Andrzej Pikul

Andrzej Pikul

Graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow (1980), piano class of Prof. Tadeusz Żmudziński.
Between 1981-83 he studied in the master class of Prof. Paul Badura-Skoda in Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Within the framework of the master courses, he continued his education under the direction of eminent pianists such as: Regina Smendzianka /Weimar 1975,1979/, Valentina Kamenikova /Weimar 1977/, Alexander Jenner /Vienna 1981/, Guido Agosti /Siena 1982/, Tomas Vasary /Lenk 1982, 1983, Assisi 1988/, Germain Mounier /Paris 1983/, Vlado Perlemuter /Paris 1983/.

Laureate of the Polish Piano Festival in Slupsk (1981), of the International Competition “Fondation Cziffra” Senlis (1983), of the Competition of the European Broadcasting Bratislava ’85 (in the duo with the baritone Andrzej Dobber).

Holder of the Honorary Citizenship of the City of La Serena /Chile 1994/.
Many times distinguished with the Prize of the Rector of the Academy of Music in Krakow.

His international artistic career commenced by a success at the “Szene der Jugend” Festival in Salzburg (1982). Since then, A. Pikul gave concerts in most of the European countries /Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine/ and in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, China, Japan and the USA.

He performed in prestigious concert halls and at national and international festivals.

Collaborated with prominent performers, conductors and orchestras.

Gave many premieres of compositions written in the 20th and 21st centuries. Several contemporary composers dedicated their works to him /among them, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar – A.P.igram/.
In his portfolio, he has many recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, Österreichische Rundfunk und Fernsehen, Radio Suisse Romande, Radio Brasilia, and CDs.

The music CD “Dux 0320” (K. Szymanowski – 4th Symphony Concertante, A. Tansman – Suite for two pianos and orchestra) received honorable mention “CLASSIC TODAY”.

Conducted master courses for pianists in:

Austria University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Brazil Universidade de Brasilia
Chile Universitat de La Serena
China Szanghaj Face Art, Xiamen Central Conservatory of Music
Ningbo Foreig Affairs School
France Paris CRR
Spain Conservatorio de La Coruna, Alfaz del Pi
Conservatorio de Las Palmas
Japan Osaka College of Music, Kobe College i.inn
Israel Haifa University
Jerusalem University
Tel Hai Masterclasses
Germany Hochschule fur Musik Leipzig
Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe
Hochschule fur Musik Sttutgart
Bayreuth Hochschule fur Musik
Hochschule fur Musik Lubeck
Portugal Coimbra World Piano Meeting
Universidade de Aveiro
Russia Konserwatorium im P. Czajkowskiego
Rosyjska Akademia Muzyki im. Gnessinych
England London
Glasgow (Royal College of Music)
Italy Conservatorio di Cosenza

Juror of many national and international piano competitions including:

Agropoli/Salerno /1999/ XXII Concorso Internationale di Esecuzione Pianistica
Andorra /1999/ V Concours de Piano “Premi Principiat d’Andorra”
Barcelona /2001/ 47 Concours International Maria Canals
Osaka /2003/ Osaka International Competition
Barcelona /2004/ 50 Concours International Maria Canals
Osaka /2004/ Osaka International Competition
Barcelona /2005/ 51 Concours International Maria Canals
Barcelona /2006/ 52 Concours International Maria Canals
England /2007/ The Ruislip-Northwood Concerto Competition Harrow on the Hill
Barcelona /2007/ 53 Concours International Maria Canals
Hong Kong /2008/ The Fourth Chinese Works Piano Competition
Barcelona /2008/ 54 Concours International Maria Canals
Barcelona /2010/ 56 Concours International Maria Canals
Barcelona /2012/ 58 Concours International Maria Canals
Barcelona /2014/ 60 Concours International Maria Canals
Ningbo /China /2014/ Narodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny
Jaen /Spain/2015/ Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny
Barcelona /2016/ 62 Concours International Maria Canals
Krakow /2017/ International Piano Competition ‘Chopin at Wawel’
Barcelona /2018/ 64 Concours International Maria Canals
Hunan / China National F. Liszt Competition

Held important functions in the Academy of Music in Krakow:

Deputy Dean of the Instrument Faculty (1993-96)
Dean of the Instrument Faculty (1996-99)
Vice Rector for international co-operation (1999-2002)

Initiator and Artistic Director of the Summer Academy of Music in Krakow (since 1999)

Initiator and Artistic Director of the Prince M.K. Oginski Festival Memorial in Iwonicz Zdroj (2008-2013)

His students and graduates are laureates of national and international music competitions

A. Pikul worked as Visiting Professor in Kobe College (Japan – 2002/2003)

Currently professor at the Chair of Piano of the Academy of Music in Kraków

He was given the sliver Cross of Merit (2005) and gold Cross of Merit (2016)

Received Ray E. and Ruth A. Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007)

Minister of National Education honor of it with Medal of the Committee of the National Education (2010)

Andrzej Pikul and Marian Sobula have received award of Malopolska Voivodeship “Ars quaerendi” for prominent operations in favor of development and promotion in categories “Master and Student” (2008)

Visiting Professor in Mainz / Germany (2011)

He performed honorable function of the promoter-laudator in procedure for granting the dignity of doctor honoris causa Maestro Paul Badura-Skoda.

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