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Aleksander Dębicz Compositions and Improvisations at The Kosciuszko Foundation (Site)

Thursday June 13, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free

Join for the piano recital by ALEKSANDER DĘBICZ, one of Poland’s most versatile pianists and composers. The recital will feature the artist’s compositions and improvisations on works by F. Chopin.

Alexander Dębicz’s two main points of departure are improvisation and his original music, which he frequently combines with the works of old classical masters. His love of film music, reflected for years in his output, marks a key direction in his current activity as a composer.

His 2015 debut album Cinematic Piano (Warner Classics) featured a cycle of 12 original pieces inspired by films. Since then, Dębicz has composed music for films, radio dramas, and theatrical spectacles, establishing collaborations with, among others, Warsaw’s Polish and Jewish Theatres and Cracow’s Słowacki Theatre. His music for the Polish Radio drama Anna Karenina (dir. Katarzyna Michałkiewicz) was awarded at the Two Theatres Festival in 2019.

2018 saw the release of the artist’s third album, Invention (Warner Classics), comprising his interpretations of J. S. Bach’s complete Inventions and Sinfonias and Dębicz’s original works inspired by Bach and hip-hop. The project garnered numerous enthusiastic reviews and won a 2019 Fryderyk nomination. The artist’s new composition, The Union, written for the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union, was published in April 2019. In the same year, he composed PasaCatedral for concertante guitar, oboe, piano, and strings, a Guitar Academy Festival commission presented in Poland’s oldest cathedrals in Gniezno, Kołobrzeg, and Poznań, with outstanding guitarist Łukasz Kuropaczewski as soloist. Victoria 1920 was written in 2020 for the centenary celebrations of the Battle of Warsaw. MORE