Born on September 4, 1986, in Kraków. She is a student of the Academy of Music in Kraków under professor Stefan Wojtas. She has been a multiple recipient of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s scholarship, as well as the City of Kraków Award and the Polish Children’s Fund. She was guided by many distinguished educators during virtuoso courses in Zakopane, Słupsk, Bystrzyca Kłodzka and Duszniki Zdrój.
In the course of her education she has received numerous awards and accolades both at home and abroad. These include:
- First prize in the National Piano Competition Nuta na gruszce in 1998 along with an honourable mention for the most creative rendition of a contemporary Polish piece, and a special prize of the Polish Music Publishing House for the best rendition of a contemporary Polish composer’s piece; Kraków 1998.
- Second prize (first prize not awarded) in the 2nd National Piano Competition “EPTA” for Students of First and Second Level Music Schools, age group: up to 16; Kraków 2000.
- First prize in the 6th National Piano Competition for Students of Second Level Music Schools, Bielsko-Biała 2000.
- First prize in the 8th National Piano Competition for Students of Second Level Music Schools; Łódź 2000.
- Second prize in the 6th National Ludwik Stefański Piano Competition; Płock 2001.
- Second prize (first prize not awarded) in the 12th National Piano Competition; Konin 2002.
- First prize in the International Piano Competition for young pianists, age group: up to 20; Rome 2003.
- Third prize in the National Chopin Piano Conpetition for young pianists; Łódź 2004.
- First prize in the International Piano Competition Chopin +, in memory of the late Gyorgy Ferenczy; Budapest 2006.
- First prize in the National Piano Competition Chopinowskie Interpretacje Młodych, Konin 2006.
- In 2002 she was the youngest pianist and the first woman ever to perform Wojciech Kilar’s Piano Concerto in G major.
She played in a recital during the 56th International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdrój and many other festivals. She gives concerts both in Poland and abroad.
He was born on December 30, 1988, to a family with a rich musical tradition. He took his first piano lessons at the age of four, from his grandmother Maria Baka-Wilczek, a concert pianist. It was her who introduced him to the world of classical music and piano repertoire. He had remained under her artistic supervision until he began his studies.
He completed his primary and secondary musical education in Kraków in Monika Bylica’s and Wojciech Cieciora’s classes. Between 2007 and 2010 he studied at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland, in Tomasz Herbut’s class. During numerous virtuoso courses he perfected his technique. Moreover, he has been successful in piano competitions; in 2000 he won the Grand Prix in the quatre mains category in the International Piano Competition of France (Concours Musical de France).
As of today, he is a student of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, in professor Monika Sikorska-Wojtacha’s class. He is also holder of the scholarship of the Swiss Lyra Foundation and an active collaborator with the BieleckiArt Foundation. He has had systematic private consultations with the noted French-American pianist Eugen Indjic. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician, both at home and abroad. Since 2007, he has regularly played in Chopin recitals, giving more than sixty concerts a year.
She was born on April 20, 1983, in Hachinohe, Japan. She began her musical education at the age of four. She attended the Yamaha Music School in Hachinohe and Toho Gakuen School of Music, and was a student of Wakami Takahasi, Mariko Kobayashi, and Motoko Yoshikawa. She came to Poland in 2003, where she completed her musical secondary school in the Władysław Żeleński State Music School in Kraków, in Małgorzata Czech’s class.
In 2008 she performed a piano recital in Hachinohe. A year later, she graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków (professor Ewa Bukojemska’s class).
She is a winner of numerous competitions. In 1998 alone she won two first prizes, in Hachinohe and Aomori. In 1999 she received a special prize in Tokyo, while in 2008 she won a third prize in Kraków.
She is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Kraków, in the piano class of professor Ludwik Stefański. She continued her studies with the International Piano Virtuoso Course in Weimar under professors P. Serebriakov and A. Kravchenko, and the International Virtuoso Course in Duszniki Zdrój, under professors Victor Merzhanov and Zbigniew Śliwiński.
Baka-Wilczek performed over 250 recitals; her repertoire consists of works by Polish, French, German, Spanish, and Russian composers. She has a particular affinity for discovering and promoting works by the lesser-known composers, especially Polish.
She has taken part in concerts organized by Warszawskie Towarzystwo Muzyczne, and the Polish Concert Office. She has performed in the Ignacy Paderewski Museum in Łazienki, in the Polnisches Institut in Leipzig, in Wrocław and Brzeg, at the invitation of Ferenc Liszt Society, and during the festival Zamość Days of Music.
Thanks to her regular presence in Kraków’s concert halls, she was dubbed ‘the iron lady among Cracovian pianists’ (K. Miklaszewski, “Ruch muzyczny”, July 2004).