Tour Dates: 3 - 15 July, 2013
Mateusz Borowiak studied piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) and later graduated from the Girton College in Cambridge with 1st class honor.
- Gold Medal at 2011 Maria Canals International Piano Competition
5 July, Tianhe Culture Center, 020-87576750 020-87581479
6 July, Shanghai City Theatre, 021-54157496
7 July, Anhui Art Center, 0551-3633372
11 July, Chenxing Concert Hall, Beihang University, Private Concert, 010-82317114
12 July, Mongmanwai Concert Hall, Tsinghua University, 010-62788104 / 62782334
13 July, National Center for the Performing Arts, 010-66550000
14 July, Tianjin Grand Auditorium, 022-28351443/88354397
Mateusz Borowiak studied piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) and read music at Cambridge University (composition with Robin Holloway), graduating with double 1st class honours in 2009. He continued his piano studies with professor Andrzej Jasiński at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, graduating with highest honours in 2011.
Borowiak is a recipient of several piano awards including 3rd prize and Musiq3 Audience Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels, Belgium(2013), Gold Medal and 1st prize, prize for the youngest finalist and prize for the best performer of the music of Isaac Albeniz at the 57th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain (2011), 1st prize and Audience Award at the 21st Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Monza, Italy (2010), the Contemporary Prize at the 19th Cleveland International Piano Competition (2011), 1st Prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Competition (2011), Harriet Cohen Memorial Award (2010), 1st prize for keyboard at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London (2006), and 1st prize at the Christopher Duke Piano Recital Competition (2006). He has also received a Musicians Benevolent Fund Award (2006), the GSMD Principal's Prize (2006), Sir Arthur Bliss Prize for composition (2010), as well as several University of Cambridge awards including the Donald Wort Award for the best academic results of the year (2008 and 2009).
Borowiak has performed as soloist at numerous venues in the UK including Barbican, Birmingham Symphony and Cadogan halls, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, Snape Maltings, West Road Concert Hall - Cambridge, in festivals including King's Lynn, Lower Machen, the Northern Aldborough, Stratford on Avon and Cambridge, as well as abroad, in venues such as Wiener Saal Mozarteum (Salzburg), Salle Gothique, Flagey and Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kulturkreis Gasteig (Munich), Real Academia de España (Rome), Żelazowa Wola - Chopin's birthplace (Poland), Royal Łazienki Palace (Warsaw), L'Auditori and Palau Nacional (Barcelona), Adán Martín Auditorio (Tenerife), in festivals including Isaac Albéniz Festival de Camprodon (Spain) and the 45th and 46th Polish Pianist Festivals in Słupsk, and throughout Bratislava, Czech Republic, Latvia, Ukraine and USA.
Borowiak has performed with orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra (radio broadcast as part of the Chopin Anniversary Year 2010 celebrations), Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, London Octave, Częstochowa and Jelenia Góra Philharmonic Orchestras, Sinfonia Baltica, Vallés Symphony Orchestra, Silesian String Quartet, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (radio broadcast as part of the Lutosławski Anniversary Year 2013 celebrations), Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Royal Flemish Orchestra and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie.
Many of his concerts have been broadcast by national TV and radio stations in Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Hungary and Poland. His first CD of Louis Pelosi's Thirteen Preludes and Fugues was released by KASP Records, New York in October 2012. His second CD, of 15 Keyboard Sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler, is due for release by Naxos Records. Mateusz's forthcoming engagements include performances of Liszt's 1st, Rachmaninov's 3rd, Ravel's 1st, Chopin's 2nd, Mozart's 9th and 15th piano concertos throughout Spain, Belgium, Russia and Poland, recitals in USA, Belgium, Korea and Poland. Future recording projects include recordings for Polish Radio with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
"(…) Observing Mateusz Borowiak being absolutely immersed in Bach, Mozart and Ravel, it isdifficult not to ask oneself: aren't we witnessing the birth of a genius? (…) Mateusz possesseseverything for a swift and undeniable career. Technique, precision, powerful sound, and foremost,his soul sold to the music."
- Anna Czerny-Marecka
"(…) Throughout his recital, during the Winners and Masters concert series, pianist Mateusz Borowiak showed us his command of a most wonderful pianissimo: not overly crystalline, but warm and restrained. (…)"
- Andreas Pempeintner, SüddeutscheZeitung