Recenzje




"In Mr. Kowalski I found a very fine performer of my Concerto. He is a very talented pianist and a highly intelligent musician..."

Witold Lutosławski, Kompozytor


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"I am strongly impressed by his playing which is characterised by great musicality, sensitivity and perfect technique..."

Andrzej Panufnik, Kompozytor


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"...I was tremendously impressed and moved by this wonderful pianist and wonderful musician, by his command of the keyboard, his deep insight into the music and his gifts of profound understanding and communication which if anything seem to be enhanced by his impairment of sight. This marvellous pianist has fulfilled his human and musical potential and his memory is such that he has a very large repertoire at his command."

Yehudi Menuhin


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"The year's highlight was a concert at the academy of Music during which a student of the Academy - Paweł Kowalski and the student’s orchestra played Lutosławski's Piano Concerto with the composer conducting."

Tadeusz Kaczyński, magazyn muzyczny Ruch Muzyczny


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"It was the first time I had a chance to listen to this young artist. Last year, the performance of this piece, prepared together with Witold Lutosławski, won Paweł Kowalski a Master's Degree from the Warsaw Academy of Music. A highly interesting interpretation! I hope that an extended expert from the recording will give you a taste of the very specific traits of his piano playing. It seems to me that a high-calibre virtuoso was born." (about the opening concert of the Poznań Spring Music Festival with Witold Lutosławski's Piano Concerto)

Grzegorz Michalski, Telewizja Polska


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"Paweł Kowalski's interpretation of Witold Lutosławski's Piano Concerto inevitably invites a comparison with the world premiere of the piece given by Krystian Zimerman. Kowalski's performance of the work is nothing short of an artistic event. His, let me add, is a different interpretation! What had been presented as a monolithic piece with somewhat pompous ornamentation here and there, under Kowalski's fingers became as flashing, mosaic-like structure, with an impressionistic provenance, despite some post-romantic reminiscences. Stage fright, which has defeated many young artists, did not seem to be a problem for Kowalski. He passed the test in collaboration with one of the greatest living musicians with flying colours. He showed brilliant piano playing. A standing ovation at the capacity-filled Concert Hall of the Chopin Academy of Music was also an expression of thanks for Witold Lutosławski who himself offered to appear at the conductor's podium. A wonderful debut of the young pianist."

Krzysztof Baculewski, magazyn muzyczny Ruch Muzyczny


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"Of last season's numerous events there was one concert with a truly special atmosphere. It was Paweł Kowalski, a piano student, appearing as soloist in Witold Lutosławski's Piano Concerto, a piece which the Polish audience had known from the last year's performance by Kristian Zimerman at the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival. The young virtuoso rose to the occasion and presented a brilliant interpretation of the work. The audience gave him a tumultuous applause and the composer, holder of the Warsaw Academy of Music Honorary Doctor's Degree, who conducted the students' orchestra on this occasion, congratulated Paweł Kowalski on his success. Kowalski surely made a spectacular entry into the music circuit. We shall no doubt be hearing a lot of good things about him in the future."

Ewa Solińska, Życie Warszawy


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"Sensitive to colours, Paweł Kowalski possesses an extraordinary memory. He is definitely a pianist developing his own, individual approach to music. It is a name to be kept in mind. You will surely hear of him a lot..."

Helena Drabik, Polskie Radio


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"I'am full of admiration not only for the soloist's musical achievement, not only for the technical perfection of his finger-work, but also for his incredible musical memory. To play Beethoven without a score is one thing, but to be the first pianist to play entirely from memory a work of this kind is a true feat. Congratulations!" (the first performance of Witold Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Schauspielhaus Hall in Berlin)

Rolf Krickow, Rundfunk Berlin


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"... Paweł Kowalski, a recent graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Music, well-known so far his interpretations of contemporary music, gave a very beautiful performance of Mozart’s A Major Piano Concerto K.488, providing a proof of the versatility of his truly exceptional talent." (about the opening concert of the Polish National Piano Festival)

Józef Kański, magazyn muzyczny Ruch Muzyczny


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"Panufnik's piano. One could say it is a romantic instrument with superimposed 20th century percussion-like and rhythmic quality and a special kind of vitality. In the austere Pentasonata - brilliantly performed by Paweł Kowalski, with almost watchmaker's precision (a compliment, this!) - the entire polyphonic-dynamic "geometry" of the succeeding sequences and the clarity of structure seem to be more important than typically pianistic poetics." (a review of Andrzej Panufnik's Pentasonata performed at the International Music Festival "Warsaw Autumn")

Małgorzata Gąsiorowska, Magazyn Muzyczny


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"... the pianist Paweł Kowalski won my respect for memorising the Pentasonata which is an extremely difficult piece. He is a very promising talent; his maturity and commitment to his work are exceptional for someone of his age." (Interview with the composer, Andrzej Panufnik, Życie Warszawy)

Andrzej Panufnik, Kompozytor


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"Soloist Paweł Kowalski, who gave a stunning performance of Lutosławski's Piano Concerto, took the Cracow audience by stern, leaving it dazzled. This young virtuoso will surely distinguish himself as one of our greatest musicians."

Michał Pebe, Dziennik Polski


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"One cannot sit quietly and make no mention of the performance by the young but extremely talented pianist, Paweł Kowalski. I was pleased to learn that he had studied with Russian professors: Victor Merzhanov, Dmitri Bashkirov, Rudolf Kerer and Tatiana Shebanova. It seemed as if Paweł Kowalski's hands, commanding the keyboard with brilliance and great sensitivity, were a kind of ten-person orchestra. One also had an impression that the Lutosławski Concerto was his own work, a product of his heart, his extraordinary hands and noble temperament!" (about the final concert of the Musica Europae Orientalis Festival)

Olga Lewtonowa, magazyn muzyczny Ruch Muzyczny

music magazine

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"The hero of the evening however, became the young Polish pianist Paweł Kowalski. He played the solo part of Lutosławski's Piano Concerto with intelligence and brilliance, combining subtlety of sound with a virtuoso bravura. As encores, Paweł Kowalski played two chorale preludes by Bach in Busoni's transcription, beautifully, dedicating them to the late music critic, Jan Weber." (about Lutosławski's 80th birthday concert at the Cracow Philharmonic)

Leszek Polony, Gazeta Krakowska


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"You have been listening to a brilliant performance of Witold Lutosławski's Piano Concerto."

Grzegorz Michalski, Polskie Radio


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"Talented virtuoso Paweł Kowalski brilliantly conveyed the character of the work. "A great pianist" was later to be heard in the foyer." (about Lutosławski’s 80th birthday concert at the Cracow Philharmonic)

Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Gazeta Wyborcza


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"It is a virtuoso and brilliant concerto by Lutosławski in the full sense of the word. It was performed for the first time in Cracow by the young pianist Paweł Kowalski, who played it perfectly and I must admit, that I was impressed more by that than I would have been if he had played the most tasteful Chopin or Tschaikovsky. There were many to play Chopin, especially down the Vistula river! But talent, pianistic skills, sensitivity and technique can also be displayed in Lutosławski. Bravo Kowalski!"

Adam Walaciński, Dziennik Polski


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"Paweł Kowalski tackled Chopin's E minor Concerto with excellent results. His playing was characterised by a fine tone, immaculate technical control and a clear-cut interpretative concept. Under Kowalski´s fingers, the Chopin Concerto was full of delicate feeling in the Romance and masculine vitality in the final Rondo."

Henryk Martenka, Dziennik


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"It was soloist Paweł Kowalski above all who, with his virtuoso interpretation of Chopin's E minor Concerto, captured the attention of the audience which allowed him to leave the stage only after two encores."

Stadtblatt, Cologne


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"The interpretation of Chopin's E minor concerto was the source of the greatest joy for the audience. The orchestra played the tutti sections with pathos and fire, providing attentive accompaniment for brilliant Paweł Kowalski who studied among other places, at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. The young artist put on a bravura display in this virtuoso work..."

Kölner Stadt Anzeiger, Cologne


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"Paweł Kowalski made Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1 the most moving event of the evening. Without the virtuoso glare, fully subordinating his profound technique to the performed work, he played with transparent clarity, so much understanding of art and the feeling of warmth that the work was deprived of all manner of classical pretentiousness. Kowalski displayed a refined musical taste, without the excess of sentimentality and yet full of intense commitment and wasn't there a bit of sympathising irony ? In the second movement he made a profound impression with the singing nature of his playing, clarity and the pulsating melodic line. In the third movement his playing was full of grace and power, yet without the Beethovenian "racket". The unpretentious seriousness of his art Kowalski confirmed in the encores – Bach's Chorale Prelude and a piece form Liszt's Annees de Pelerinage, in other words anything but two "staple" showpieces, with he turned his appearance into a moving "concert within a concert"

Ostsee Zeitung


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"Andrzej Panufnik and Witold Lutosławski – two friends, two pianists whose duo-playing provided a ray of hope in war-time Warsaw, the two most gifted composers of our time. After the war fate separated them.. On Friday, thanks to the Poznan Philharmonic we witnessed the symbolic bringing together of the two men. The liaison was Paweł Kowalski who, thanks to Lutosławski within a single season skyrocketed to the pinnacle of Polish piano playing, becoming the best performer of his Piano Concerto, and who on Friday gave an equally Excellent interpretation of the Piano Concerto by Panufnik."

Tadeusz Szantruczek, Dziennik Poznański


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"There is no doubt whatsoever, that the culmination of the festival was the Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet Op. 21 by Ernest Chausson. The Silesian Quartet was joined for the occasion by the violinist Jan Stanienda and the pianist Paweł Kowalski. Their performance was a true revelation, with all musicians achieving perfect harmony. They seemed to feel, think and breathe in unison. A truly Romantic music, full of ardour, emotion and with a grand sweep, made a profound impression on the listeners, many of whom later admitted that the Finale, even richer in expressive quality, took their breath away."

Bogumiła Mika, Gazeta Wyborcza


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"In Mozart's Concerto in A major, K 488 the young Polish pianist Paweł Kowalski has confirmed his formidable skills. He played with assurance, ease and a great sense of musicality. He enthralled the audience with technical brilliance and an ability to create a musical climate in the Adagio. In some sections he even seemed to take over the command of the entire performance."

Andrzej Chylewski, Głos Wielkopolski


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"While listening to the Piano Quintet in A minor by Elgar...It has to be admitted that the Silesian Quartet s very careful in Choosing its guest soloist for the annual festival in Rybna. They are selected not only from the point of view of the requirements posed by individual works. As a rule these are musicians who, without losing anything of their individuality, genuinely enjoy joint music- making. Paweł Kowalski is surely one of them. He is an exceptionally versatile pianist, who feels equally at home with both contemporary and classical music. He has proved his worth as a virtuoso not only in the concertos but also as a chamber musician, who is able to enter into an equal dialogue with his partners and sense perfectly their intentions. His role in Elgar's Piano Quintet, a dynamic but over bombastic piece, is very substantial indeed."

Aleksandra Konieczna , magazyn muzyczny Ruch Muzyczny


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"Friday's concert at the Lublin Philharmonic began with a 15-minute delay. The musicians simply could not begin to play due to throngs of fans at the booking office and then at the entrance to the hall. It is a long time since the Philharmonic witnessed a similar onslaught. Even though additional chairs were brought in many people stood up for the duration of the concert... In the Triple Concerto, the pianist Paweł Kowalski did not have sufficient opportunity to fully display his mastery, but even so his interpretation was in a class by itself."

Dorota Gonet, Gazeta Wyborcza


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"Paweł Kowalski is a highly sensitive pianist who proved to be adept both as a co-soloist and as an orchestral setting, as this sort of dual role was assigned in this piece to the piano part. What permeated this performance was an impression of the three musicians penetrating into one another's parts and being able to bring each of them to the forefront. All in all, we witnessed a perfect, intimate rapport between the three stars, stemming from mutual respect, trust and great sensitivity."

Magdalena Mankowska, Kurier Lubelski


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"The second part of the concert taken up by Ravel's music. The G major Concerto was performed by Paweł Kowalski with virtuosity and vitality. Kowalski is one of Poland's most talented pianists. He has a broad and diverse repertoire, comprising over 30 piano concertos, from Mozart to Panufnik and Górecki . Ravel described his Concerto in G as a piece written in the spirit of Mozart and Saint-Saens. This is how Kowalski played the work – with lightness and brilliance."

Gabriela Stanek-Peszkowska, magazyn muzyczny Ruch Muzyczny