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May 14, 2009

One milestone at Music Academy - Blechacz, 2007

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Two years ago, on May 16, 2007, Rafał Blechacz completed education at Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy, Bydgoszcz with MA.

Excerpt from the article as of May 17.

Original article (Polish)


Blechacz, Master of Arts
by Mariusz Owczarek

The winner of 15th International Chopin Competition on Wednesday received master's degree
and medal from the university.

Rafał Blechacz was in the concert hall at the Academy, where he did not take all examinations
and performed Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28,
and together with Peter Kępińskim, Sonata in D major for two pianos by Mozart.

Immediately after the concert, the pianist defended his thesis before the Examining Board.

"Subject is exactly this: The specificity of artistic performance in terms of competition, stage and recording.
With the examples of myself, Glenn Gould and Krystian Zimmerman, I write about executions in these three cases
- at a concert, in the competition and studio recordings", the artist summed about the theme.

The recital for diploma, at the request of the pianist, was made in the same conditions as offered to other students.
The only difference was the diploma was handed immediately after the defense,
and not at the college ceremony, which will take place only at the end of the academic year.

"I'm thinking of further course of development, education.
Fortunately, I got it, that after the competition I have the opportunity to meet with various artists,
with various pianists and personalities.
I think that now the study in this aspect will be very interesting,
that at some time I have come into contact with different people, for example, Zimmerman
and I'm convinced that such a meeting offers a lot "- says the artist.




At the concert for diploma only invited guests can enter- representatives of provincial and municipal authorities, parliamentarians, the family and friends.

After the announcement of the decision by the faculty board Rafał Blechacz received the first honorary medal of the university.

Rafał Blechacz studied at the Academy of Bydgoszcz, under the direction of Professor. Katarzyna-Popowa Zydroń,
who represented Poland at the Chopin Competition in 1975.
Studies took place in the individual course curriculum.

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