Szymon Kowalski is described as a one of the most promising Polish pianists of the young generation. He has won numerous awards, e.g. dedicated to Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Artur Rubinstein. His repertoire spans a wide range from Bach to the 20th century. With numerous concerts he performs across Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands).
Apart from numerous piano recitals he is engaged in many artistic enterprises promoting classical piano music. For several years Szymon Kowalski has been actively involved in the work with children and teenagers leading piano workshops and educational concerts. Between 2009 and 2012 he prepared and recorded 100 radio programmes entitled “ABC of Piano Music” familiarising polish listeners with the world of classical piano music. In addition to his skills as a pianist, Szymon Kowalski is also a talented photographer and publisher. He had several authorial photo exhibition, cooperates with photo agencies and writes articles about classical music in music magazines.
Born in 1983 Szymon Kowalski began his piano education at the age of five. He studied at the Artur Rubinstein's Music School in Bydgoszcz (Poland) with Malgorzata Furche-Jurczyk and at the Karol Szymanowski's Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland) with Zbigniew Raubo. Over the years he mastered his pianistic skills at various music courses led by such renowned pianists and teachers as, among others, Ryszard Bakst (Great Britain), Pawel Checinski (USA), Andrzej Jasinski (Poland), Laurent Lamy (France), Aleksej Maksimov (Russia), Wiktor Mierzanow (Russia), Jozef Stompel (Poland), Tatiana Szebanowa (Russia/Poland), Arkadi Zenziper (Russia/Germany). He also took part as a listener in master lessons led by such remarkable artists as, among others, Daejin Kim (Korea), Jacques Rouvier (France), Krystian Zimerman (Switzerland/Poland).
Radio programme 'ABC of Piano Music' (archive)