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Marek Bracha, Poland

Marek BrachaMarek Bracha is seen as one of Poland’s most interesting pianists of the new generation. An artist with a refined and beautifully understated expressive style, Bracha is well versed in the classical and romantic repertoire, and feels equally comfortable with modern and period instruments. He is also pursuing systematic research into eighteenth- and nineteenth-century performance practice. 

A highly versatile artist with a busy schedule, Marek Bracha promotes Polish music internationally and is no stranger to modern repertoire, including successful world premieres of new music. He has collaborated on a regular basis with conductors including Alun Francis, José Maria Florêncio, Wojciech Rodek, Jakub Chrenowicz and Jacek Kaspszyk. His artistic collaborations as a chamber musician include joint projects with Tobias Koch, Marcin Masecki, Agata Szymczewska, Maciej Frąckiewicz, the Atom String Quartet, the Royal String Quartet and the Meccore String Quartet. In July 2017 Marek performed with the Scharoun Ensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker. 

In April this year Bracha performed at the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, playing Władysław Szpilman’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra and Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto with Sinfonia Varsovia under the conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk. Soon after that Marek appeared alongside the musicians of the Sharoun Ensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker at the opening gala concert of the 5th Emanacje Festival in Lusławice. Artists presented W. A Mozart’Piano Quartet in G minor K. 478 and F. Schubert’s Piano Quintet The Trout.

Over the past months Marek appeared with series of recitals in Japan. He also participated as a lecturer and tutor at fortepiano masterclass taking place in Lusławice in September.

 The National Chopin Institute in Poland (NIFC) released his debut solo album featuring pieces by Chopin and some of his latest notable achievements include the release of Modern Soul, an album he recorded with the eminent violinist Agata Szymczewska and promoted with a concert at the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra concert hall (NOSPR) in October 2016. Modern Soul went on to win the prestigious Supersonic Prize awarded by the Pizzicato magazine. 

Marek Bracha has appeared at many music festivals and projects worldwide, including three appearances at the prestigious EXPO exhibitions (Hannover 2000, Aichi 2005 and Milan 2015). In 2010, Bracha gave the closing concert during the Chopin Year celebrations at the NCPA in Beijing. In 2013, the National Chopin Institute in Poland (NIFC) released his debut solo album featuring pieces by Chopin. His work promoting Polish music abroad included appearances at the Chopin au Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris (2013) and Semanas Musicales, an international music festival in Frutillar, Chile (January 2014), where he played music by Chopin, Szymanowski, Szpilman and Panufnik. An excellent interpreter of Chopin, Bracha is often invited to appear at Polish music festivals including, among others, the 65th International Chopin Piano Festival at Duszniki Zdrój, the 44th Festival of Piano Music in Słupsk, and La Folle Journée – Chopin Open in Warsaw. 

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