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Joanna

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Welcome to the official website of Joanna Brzezińska

Quote from the artist:

“Music softens morals,” the saying goes.
If only by playing music I could heal the wounds of lack of love, affection, compassion and tenderness, my job as a pianist would be the most beautiful and important in the world…

Biography

Pianist by birth

Joanna Brzezinska was born in Torun (Poland) where she started to play the piano at the age of four.

She studied music in Wroclaw and in Warsaw at the Frédéric Chopin Academy where she obtained her diploma with honors in the piano class of professor Bronislawa Kawalla in 1988 and the chamber music class of Barbara Halska.

While she was still a student, Joanna was awarded 3rd prize in the Wroclaw Contemporary Music competition (1984), 2nd prize for the best interpretation of

the “Chopin’s studies” in Warsaw (1985) and  1st prize at the “Pianistyki Polskiej Festival” (1988) in Slupsk.  As a result, she obtained a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and Arts, and the opportunity to record an album of pieces from Liszt and Villa-Lobos. A major part of the pieces of Villa-Lobos was also recorded for the archives of the Polish radio.

She also participated in the International Competitions of Majorca (1988), Belgrade (1989), Göttingen (1989), Utrecht (1992) and Parma (1992).  In all these competitions she won several awards and distinctions while broadening her repertoire between Bach and contemporary music.

Moreover, Joanna took part in Master Classes given by W. Mierzanov, T. Chebanova, J.C. Vanden-Eynden, E. Mogilewski in Poland and also of E.Y. Yellin at the “Heinrich Neuhaus Stiftung” Zürich.

Premier concert à Genève, 1998

Extracts from press reviews

A prestigious make of piano, Steinway, vibrated triumphantly thanks to the graceful, powerfully dynamic talent of Joanna Maurer-Brzezinska.  Both became as one.  Just one note transported you into meditative mood and you became that very note.  Was it the unique quality of this one note played so beautifully that united listener and pianist? The pieces of music played created many different atmospheres – sometimes extreme.  The musical interpretation displayed the many-sided talent of Joanna Maurer-Brzezinska ranging from subtlety, extraordinarily fine sensitivity, virtuosity, rhythm and energy;  everything needed to captivate the audience.

June 2001 Marie-Lise Bizeau     « Feuille d’informations »


 

The pianist Joanna Brzezinska of Polish origin literally overwhelmed her public by her dazzling performance.  The speed with which her fingers moved along the keyboard needed to be seen to be believed … Joanna Brzezinska rose to the challenge of the great composer Frédéric Chopin demonstrating her talent to the full and offering her audience a brilliant concert.  When she finished

Rachmaninov’s Concerto II,  the public applauded ecstatically, she received three curtain calls and as encores she played a melody by Glück and the famous “Flight of the bumble bee” (Vol du Bourdon) by Rimsky-Korsakov.

 May 2003 Nathalie Potard-Feutry
“Daupfiné  Liberé”

Les débuts de joanna

The start of a rich career

After completing her studies, Joanna divided her time between two activities:  as a concert pianist and piano teacher.  The latter enabled her to finish her doctorate under the direction of Professor Andrzej Jasinski, who was Krystian Zimerman’s professor.

From 1994 – 1997 she performed in duet with her former teacher Barbara Halska, with the cellist K. Drzewiecka and gave Master classes in Nowy Sacz in Poland.

In 1999, two years after her arrival in Switzerland, Joanna fulfilled the dream of all pianists.  She played Rachmaninov’s Concerto III as a soloist.  She performed in the Victoria Hall, Geneva, conducted by her talented husband, Klaus Maurer.  The concert, which was played to a full house, was a great success.

Since her arrival in Switzerland, Joanna has performed as a soloist and in duo with Klaus giving concerts regularly in Poland, Switzerland and France; since

 2001 she has been playing in the ensemble Quintette Opus 23, performing the main repertoire for piano and string quartet:  Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Chostakovitch in Switzerland and abroad.

In 1999 she became a piano teacher at the “Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse And Theater ” in Geneva.  Since 2003 she has been busy organising cultural exchanges of students between music schools in Poland,  Spain and the CPMDT in Geneva and Lausanne.

Extracts from press reviews

A prestigious make of piano, Steinway, vibrated triumphantly thanks to the graceful, powerfully dynamic talent of Joanna Maurer-Brzezinska.  Both became as one.  Just one note transported you into meditative mood and you became that very note.  Was it the unique quality of this one note played so beautifully that united listener and pianist? The pieces of music played created many different atmospheres – sometimes extreme.  The musical interpretation displayed the many-sided talent of Joanna Maurer-Brzezinska ranging from subtlety, extraordinarily fine sensitivity, virtuosity, rhythm and energy;  everything needed to captivate the audience.

 June 2001 Marie-Lise Bizeau     « Feuille d’informations »

 

The pianist Joanna Brzezinska of Polish origin literally overwhelmed her public by her dazzling performance.  The speed with which her fingers moved along the keyboard needed to be seen to be believed … Joanna Brzezinska rose to the challenge of the great composer Frédéric Chopin demonstrating her talent to the full and offering her audience a brilliant concert.  When she finished

Rachmaninov’s Concerto II,  the public applauded ecstatically, she received three curtain calls and as encores she played a melody by Glück and the famous “Flight of the bumble bee” (Vol du Bourdon) by Rimsky-Korsakov.

 May 2003 Nathalie Potard-Feutry        “Daupfiné  Liberé”

 

Joanna Brzezinska: a difficult programme accomplished with great expertise.  Not only did she demonstrate her beautiful sonority and great precision in the Polonaise and Ballade, but above all her immense musical sensitivity in Sonata III in B minor.

 November 1988 Kazimierz Konczewski “Illustrowany  Kurier Polski”

Album.

frédérique-chopin_Joanna_Brzezinska

Piano works

Frédéric Chopin

Produced by l’artiste | 2011

Recorded from September 7 to 10 2010,
Château Fallot, Lausanne

*Available on all streaming platforms

Discovery trackliste of the l'album :

( Muical excerpt )

01 Nocturne Si Bémol Mineur Op.9 N°1

02 Nocturne Fa Dièse Majeur Op.15 N°2

03 Nocturne Do Mineur Op.48 N°1

04 Nocturne Fa Dièse Mineur Op.48 N°2

05 Fantaisie – Impromptu Op.66

06 Mazurka Sol Majeur Op.50 N°1

07 Mazurka La Bémol Majeur Op.50 N°2

08 Mazurka Do Dièse Mineur Op.50 N°3

09 1ère Ballade En Sol Mineur Op.23

10 4ème Ballade En Fa Mineur Op.52

11 Polonaise Fa Dièse Mineur Op.44

Villa-lobos 2 - album

Villa-Lobos 2

Piano music Vol.2

Produced by Caves Records | 2009

Recorded from 28 to 31 october 2009,
Château Fallot, Lausanne

Discovery trackliste of the l'album :

( Muical excerpt )

Farrapos (Danse Des Jeunes) Op. 47

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 – I. Preludio

As Tres Marias – Alnitah

Ciclo Brasileiro – Festa No Sertao (Fête Dans La Jungle)

Rudepoema

Villa-Lobos - Album

Villa-Lobos

Piano music Vol.1

Produit par Caves Records | 2007

Recorded from 23 to 26 febuary 2006,
Château Fallot, Lausanne

Discovery trackliste of the l'album :

( Muical excerpt )

Suite Floral, Op. 97: I. Idilio na Rede (Summer Idyll)

A Prole do Bebê, No. 1, “Bonecas”: I. Branquinha (A Boneca de Louça)

A Prole do Bebê, No. 2, “Os Bichinhos”: III. O Camundongo de Massa

Chôros No.1 in E Minor, W161 (Originalement pour guitare)

Frédéric Chopin

FChopin

Produced by GALLO | 2004

Recorded from 14 to 15 février 2004,
Conservatoire de la Chaux-de-fond

Discovery trackliste of the l'album :

( Muical excerpt )

Sonate en si mineur No. 3, Op. 58_ I. Allegro maestoso

Sonate en si mineur No. 3, Op. 58_ Finale

No. 6 en sol dièse mineur/ in G sharp minor / gis-moll

Étude en do mineur, No. 12, Op. 25

Répertoire.

S. Barber

  • Sonate, Op. 26

L. van Beethoven

  • Sonate Op. 27  no 2 (Quasi una Fantasia)
  • Sonate Op. 13 (Pathétique)
  • Sonates, Op. 57 (Appassionata)
  • Sonates, Op.109

J. Brahms

  • Klavierstücke, Op. 119
  • Intermezzi, Op. 117
  • Variations sur un thème de Händel, Op. 24

F. Chopin

  • Etudes, Op. 10
  • Etudes, Op. 25
  • Préludes, Op. 28
  • Polonaises op.40, op.44, op.53
  • Ballades 
  • Scherzi
  • Mazurkas, Op. 50
  • Mazurkas, Op. 33
  • Fantasia –Impromptu, Op.66
  • Impromptu en fa dièse  majeur
  • Valses
  • Nocturnes op.9, op.15 , op.27, op.48
  • Sonata No. 3 en si mineur, Op. 58

D.Chostakowitch

  •    Préludes op.34

J. Haydn

  • Andante con variazioni en fa mineur

F.Liszt

  • Rhapsodies
  • Concert Etudes
  • Études d’exécution transcendante
  • Polonaise en mi bémol majeur
  • Berceuse
  • Les jeux d’eau de la Villa d’Este
  • St François d’Assise: “La prédication aux oiseaux”
  • Fantasia quasi Sonata « Après une Lecture de Dante »
  • Sonate en si mineur

F. Liszt – F. Schubert   

  • Gretchen am Spinnrad

F. Liszt –  V. Bellini

  • Réminiscences de Norma

W. A. Mozart

  • Rondo en la mineur pour piano, KV 511

M. de Falla

  • Fantasia Beatica

I. J. Paderewski

  • Introduction et Toccata, Op. 6
  • Variations en la majeur
  • Humoresques de concert,  Op. 14 (Menuet en sol  majeur, Cracovienne fantastique in si  majeur)
  • Nocturne, Op. 16
  • Sonata en mi bémol mineur, Op. 21

S. Rachmaninov

  • Préludes, Op. 23
  • Préludes, Op. 32
  • Transcriptions
  • Variations sur un thème de Corelli, Op. 42
  • Lilacs op.21 no.5
  • Daisies op.38 no. 3

J.Rodrigo

  • Cuatro piezas para piano (1938)

H.Villa-Lobos

  • A Prole do Bebê No 1 – Les poupées
  • A Prole do Bebê No2 – Les animaux
  • Suite Florale op.97
  • As Très Marias
  • Choro Tipico no. 1
  • Bachianas Brasileiras no. 4
  • Trois Dances  Africaines /Farrapos, Kankukus, Kankikis/
  • Ciclo Brasileiro
  • Rudepoema
  • Cirandinhas

J.S. Bach

  • Concerto en fa mineur BWV 1056

L. van Beethoven

  • Concerto no. 2  Op. 19
  • Concerto no. 4  Op. 58

F. Chopin

  • Concerto no. 1  Op. 11
  • E.Grieg
  • Concerto en la mineur op.16
  • J.Haydn
  • Concerto en Ré- Majeur

F.Liszt

  • Concerto no. 1 en Mi-  Bémol Majeur

W. A. Mozart

  • Concerto en do majeur,  KV 467
  • Rondo en ré majeur, KV 382

S. Prokofiev

  • Concerto no. 1 en ré bémol majeur, Op. 10

I. J. Paderewski

  • Fantaisie op.19

S. Rachmaninov

  • Concerto no. 2, Op. 18
  • Concerto no. 3 , Op. 30
  • Rhapsody sur un thème de Paganini, Op. 43

P.I Tchaikowsky

  • Concerto en si bémol mineur op.23

H. Villa-Lobos

  • Concerto no.1 
  • Concerto no.2
  • J. Brahms – Lieder              
  • F. Chopin – Piesni (Lieder)
  • M. Karlowicz – Piesni   (Lieder)
  • F. Poulenc – Huit chansons polonaises
  • M. Ravel – Les chansons grec
  • F. Schubert – Winterreise
  • H. Villa-Lobos – Les chansons
  • J. Brahms – Valses,
  • J. Brahms – Les Danses Hongroises
  • F. Chopin – Variations en Ré majeur
  • A. Dvorak – Les Danses Slaves
  • W. A. Mozart –  Sonate KV.381
  • S. Rachmaninoff – Duos op.11
  • S. Rachmaninoff – Kreisler-  Pièces à 4 mains
  • F. Mendelssohn-  Sieben Lieder ohne Worte

W. A. Mozart

  • Sonata en ré majeur pour deux pianos, KV 448

A. Tansman

  • Fantaisie sur des valses de Johann Strauss

J.S Bach

  • Concerto en do majeur, BWV 1061
  • Concerto en do mineur, BWV 1062

W. A. Mozart

  • Concerto , KV 365

C. Saint- Saens  

  •  Le Carnaval des Animaux
  • L. van Beethoven- Triple concerto
  • L.van Beethoven – Trio op.1 no 3
  • J.Brahms – Trio op. 87
  • F. Chopin – Trio en sol mineur
  • J. Haydn – Trio  no 21 en Do majeur
  • S. Rachmaninoff -Trio élégiaque
  • F. Schubert – Trio en Si bémol Majeur
  • H.Villa-Lobos – Deuxième Trio
  • B. Martinu – “Promenades “pour flûte, violon et piano
  • J.Brahms – Quatuor op. 60 en do mineur
  • J.S. Bach – Concerto en fa mineur
  • J. Brahms –  Quintette op. 34
  • L. Boccerini – 6 quintettes op. 56
  • E. Bloch – Quintette no 2
  • F. Chopin -Concerto no.1, op.11(version pour piano et cordes)
  • A. Dvorak – Quinttete op. 81/2
  • T. Kassatti – Par ci par là
  • W.A Mozart – Quintette in Es  avec vents K.V.452
  • A. Piazzola – La muerte del Angel
  • N. Rimski-Korsakov -Quintette avec les vents /1876/
  • A. Schönberg – Die eiserne Brigade
  • R. Schumann – Quintette  op. 44
  • D. Schostakovitch – Quintette en sol majeur
  • F. Martin – Quintette

Violon/alto et piano 

  • J.S. Bach – Sonates pour violon et clavecin en si mineur et en mi majeur
  • J.S. Bach – Sonate  poir alto et clavecin BWV 1027
  • B. Bartok – Dances Roumaines
  • L. van Beethoven – Sonates op.12 no 1 ; op.23; op.24, ; op.30 no2 ; op.47 ; et op.96
  • L.van  Beethoven – Six danses allemandes
  • E. Bloch – Trois scènes de la vie chassique
  • J. Brahms – Sonates op.78 ;op.108
  • J.Brahms Sonate pour piano et alto op.120
  • A. Dvorak – 4 piéces romantiques op.75
  • C. Frank – Sonate en La -Majeur
  • E. Grieg – Sonate no.3 op.45
  • P. Hindemith – Sonate en Mi bémol majeur op.11 no.1
  • P.Hindemith –  Sonate in E (1935)
  • F. Mendelssohn- Sonate  en Fa majeur
  • W.A. Mozart – Sonates, K.V 300c, 454  et 526 ;
  • W.A. Mozart – Variations “Hélas, j’ai perdu mon amant” K.V 360
  • I. J.  Paderewski -Sonate en la mineur
  • S. Prokofieff – Sonate en ré –majeur
  • S.Prokofieff – Cinq mélodies op.35 bis
  • S. Rachmaninoff –  Danse hongroise,  op.6 no2
  • S. Rachmaninoff –  Romance op.6 no1,
  • S. Rachmaninoff – Vocalise op.34
  • M. Ravel – “Tzigane”
  • M.Ravel – Sonate
  • J.Rodrigo – “Canciones valencianas”
  • J. Rodrigo – “Dos Esbozos”
  • J.Rodrigo – “Rumaniana”
  • J.Rodrigo – Sonate Pimpante
  • A. Schnitke – “Suite dans le style ancienne”
  • F. Schubert – Sonata op.162
  • R. Schumann – Sonate op.105
  • R. Schumann – Trois Romances
  • R.Schumann – Märchenbilder op.113
  • B. Smetana – “De ma patrie”
  • K. Szymanowski  – “Mythes “op.30
  • K. Szymanowski – Sonate
  • P. I. Tchaikovski “Souvenir d’un lieu cher “op.42
  • P. I. Tchaikovski-  Les saisons
  • H.Villa-Lobos –  Première Sonate-Fantasie “Désespérance”
  • H.Wieniawski – Polonaise en Ré majeur op.4 et en La Majeur op.21
  • H.Wieniawski – Scherzo-Tarantella op.16
  • H.Wieniawski – Fantasie Faust op.20
  • H.Wieniawski – Variations “Souvenir de Moscou” op.6
  • H. Wieniawski – 6 Mazurkas de Salon op.3, op.12 et op.19
  • H. Wieniawski – Legende 
  • A. Zarzycki – Mazurka pour Pablo de Sarasate op.26
  • J.S. Bach – Sonate no 3  pour viola da gamba et clavecin
  • L. van Beethoven – Sonates no 3, no 4 et no 5
  • L.van Beethoven – Variations sur un thème de Mozart
  • J. Brahms – Sonate en fa majeur
  • J. Brahms – Sonate en mi mineur
  • F. Chopin – Introduction et Polonaise op.5
  • F. Chopin – IV sonate op .65
  • G.Fauré – Sonate op.117
  • C. Frank – Sonate en la Majeur
  • E.Grieg -Sonate op.36
  • L. Janacek – Sonata no.2
  • B. Martinu – Variations sur un thème de Beethoven
  • F. Mendelssohn – Sonata  op.58
  • S.Prokofiev – Sonate op.119
  • S. Rachmaninoff – Sonata  en sol mineur op.19
  • A. Schnittke – Sonata
  • F. Schubert – Sonata Arpeggione
  • R.Schumann – Adagio et Allegro
  • I.  Stravinski – Suite Italienne
  • D. Schostakovitch – Sonata en ré mineur
  • R. Schumann – Fantasiestücke op.73

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