Janusz Olejniczak


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Janusz Olejniczak biography

Born in 1952,winner 6th award VIII Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warszawa (1970) . He is a Polish classical pianist renowned for his music in the movie The Pianist and he played Chopin in the film The Blue Note of Andrzej Zulawski. His hands appear as the hands of Wladyslaw Szpilman in Adrien Brody's role in the film The Pianist. He began learning piano at age six. His teacher was Luiza Walewska. During the years 1967-69, he was taught by Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki. In 1967, he won the 6th award at the IX Chopin Competition in Warszawa; two years later, he won the 4th award at the Alfredo Casella International Competition in Naples. During 1971-73, he studied in Paris under Constantine Schmaeling and Witold Małcużyński. He performs both solo and as a member of a chamber orchestra with a wide repertoire of Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schubert, and Schumann. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Witold Rowicki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Grzegorz Nowak, Charles Dutoit, Wojciech Michniewski, Kazimierz Kord and Jack Kaspszyk in many countries of the world.

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