Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas



Biographical Information on Kornelia Ogorkowna

kornelia ogorkowna

Kornelia Ogorkowna began her studies in Poland, however her uncompromisingly modern worldview obliged her to leave her home country, from which she nonetheless maintains a close affinity with Chopin. She continued her studies in Paris, before moving to Belgium where she now resides permanently.

Obtained a Master’s degree in piano performance with jury’s special mention from the Ecole Normale de Musique ‘A. Cortot’ in Paris in 1984 and a Master’s degree with distinction from the Royal Conservatorium of Music in Liege, Belgium in 1990. Completed her studies with K.Szafranek (student of E.Petri), A. Jasinski, M. Rybicki, J. Sulikowski, J. Longrée-Poumay, Aquiles Delle-Vigne (student of Claudio Arrau) and master classes with M. Tagliaferro, V. Merjanov and R. Bakst. Among other awards, she won first prizes at the International Competition in Epinal, the Competition organised by the European Music Institute Besançon, and at the ‘Gunther’ Competition in Brussels. Also second prizes at the European Piano Competition, and at the International Viotti-Valsesia Competition.

As concert soloist she has played under conductors such as Y. Simonov, P. Bartholomée, J. Mercier, T. Guschlbauer and M. Fuzer Nawi, with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Liege, Strasburg, RTL-Luxemburg, the Belgian National Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Malaysia, and all major Polish orchestras. She has made guest appearances at the Venice Festival, Krakow Spring, Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, ‘Festival des Minimes’ (Brussels), Flaine Festival, and the International Piano Festival in Kuala Lumpur.

In her career as soloist and chamber musician Ms Ogorkowna has been applauded in Baltimore, Barcelona, Bari, Bologna, Brussels, Dresden, Florence, Geneva, Genoa, Gerona, Hanover, Hartford, Kuala Lumpur, Kyoto, Paris, Perugia, Porto, Rome, Salzburg, Singapore, Spoleto, Strasburg, Terni, Tokyo, Venice, Warsaw, etc.

Parallel to her concert activities she is guest professor at various master classes and member of the jury at numerous international competitions. Active in the musical life of her adopted country she is artistic director of the concert series ‘Musici Artis Liège’. Kornelia Ogorkowna has made numerous recordings for European radio and television, as well as several CDs with RCP (Belgium) and KNS-Classical (Spain). (Bio information taken from the artist's website.)



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