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Maciej Granat, Pianist and Composer

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Maciej Granat
Maciej Granat, pianist and composer, has started to play the piano at the age of four. Before moving to UK he was a student of Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice in Prof. Joanna Domanska’s class. In 2009 he graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire where his teachers were Malcolm Wilson and Philip Martin and gained a First Class Bachelor of Music degree. From 2009 to 2011 he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (currently Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), where he completed his Postgraduate Diploma Course and Master's Course in Performance, both with distinction, with Jonathan Plowright as his piano tutor. In 2011 and 2012 he was a recipient of the RCS's prestigious Emergent Artist programme and held the Young Artist in Residence post.

He participated in many national and international competitions. In 1997 he won 2nd prize in International Music Competition in Copenhagen in Denmark. In 2006 he won the IBLA Foundation Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition in Ragusa in Italy and gained the Kabalevsky Award. In 2010 he won the Tony and Tania Webster Prize for unknown Russian music in Glasgow. He won the Walcer Prize at the RSAMD in 2011, and, in the same year, he also won, joined with Theodoros Iosifidis, the Peter Lindsay Prize for Piano Duo Competition.

Maciej gave many concerts in Poland, Italy, Germany, USA and UK, including Birmingham, Glasgow and London. He performed in Warsaw during the international Mozart Plus Festival (a part of the Klavier Festival Rurh). In 2007 he went on a concert tour to the USA that included performances in NY University, Carnegie Hall, Radford and Little Rock. His performances received very good reviews from critics and audience. In 2007, he gave the Polish premiere performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's Piano Concerto together with the Baltic Philharmonic and Melani Mestre as the conductor. In April 2011, and 2012 as well, he visited USA again and performed at the NY University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo and  both times in Carnegie Hall. For his outstanding performance of Kabalevsky's 2nd Piano Concerto at the RSAMD he was appointed for an official rehearsal with the RSNO in June 2011. His recordings were also broadcasted on BBC3 radio.

He participated in numerous piano masterclasses in Poland and United Kingdom where he worked on his artistic development with artists such as Peter Donohoe, Jacob Leuschner, Lee Kum Sing, Andrew Ball, Alexei Maximov, Adam Wodnicki, Andrzej Jasiński, Andrzej Tatarski and Paweł Skrzypek.

In July 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Maciej joined, amongst others, Marcello Abbado and Guenter Reinhold as a juror of the international IBLA Grand Prize Competition and Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition in Ragusa in Italy.

Maciej has been composing since his early teenage years. Currently his collection of works includes pieces written for piano solo, chamber ensambles and orchestra. He organized several concerts with his compositions in Mieczyslaw Karlowicz Music School in Katowice. His piece – Etude op. 1 no 3 “Banieczki” (‘Bubbles’) – was performed during the Silesian Tribune of Composers in 2004. Three songs for baritone voice and string quartet after Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz poems were performed during the Musical Arcades Festival in 2005. His work “Pogoda ducha” (‘Cheerfulness’) for saxophone, piano and string quartet was commissioned by ‘Gama’ artistic agency. 'Distant nocturne' op.30 for piano had its premiere performance during the Levoca Piano Festival in Slovakia in October 2011, with Thomas Kamieniak as the soloist.