Zakrzewska, Martyna

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Born in 1989; pianist, soloist and chamber musician specialising in contemporary music. She graduated from the class of Mariusz Sielski and Milena Kędra at the Cracow Academy of Music, where she is currently completing her doctoral studies under the supervision of Jan Pilch. In 2014 she took up studies of new piano music with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and David Smeyers at the High School of Music and Dance in Cologne, graduating in 2017. 

Her accolades include the special prize of the 10th Competition of 20th– and 21st-century Music for Young Performers in Radziejowice. She has also received scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Mayor of Cracow. In 2019 she took part in the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów. In 2013–15 as a member of the European Workshop for Contemporary Music she gave performances during the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt and Warsaw Autumn. In Cologne she collaborated with Musikfabrik, which led to a concert at the Universität der Künste Berlin. As a soloist she has performed, among others, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, WDR, Deutschlandfunk, Lviv Philharmonic, Kielce Philharmonic, Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, and Nowy Theatre in Warsaw. She has also appeared at such festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Musica Moderna, Audio Art, aXes, Elementi, Acht Brücken, Seven Currents, NeoArte, Bridges, and Three-and-Four, and performed under conductors such as Rüdiger Bohn, Marek Moś, and José Luis Castillo. She also took part in PWM Edition’s CD recording project 100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom, which won the 2020 Fryderyk Award as Album of the Year – Symphonic Music and as Best Recording of Polish Music. She has performed chamber music in Antynomie piano duo, with which she participated in the 2015 ARD competition. She has premiered new works by Piotr Peszat, Camille von Lunen, Andrzej Kwieciński, Artur Zagajewski, Cezary Duchnowski, Joanna Woźny, Jarosław Płonka, Jacek Sotomski, and Marta Śniady. She has been a member of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble since 2014. 

She has attended piano master classes taught by Aleksey Orlovetsky, Nicolas Hodges, Benjamin Kobler, Sebastian Berweck, Maciej Grzybowski, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Modern, and ensemble recherche. She has taken active part in the impuls Academy, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Ostrava Days, and the Stockhausen Courses Kürten. During her studies in Cologne she also gained experience as a conductor and improviser under the guidance of Paul Alvares.