Fulbright Poland Concert in memory of Pamela Howland

  • Natalia Kozłowska
  • 75-lecie, Aktualności, Wydarzenia zakończone
  • Brak komentarzy

Please join us for a Fulbright Poland concert honoring the life and memory of our friend and alumna Pamela Howland (1956-2021), which will be performed live on December 13, 2021 at 7 pm CET and streamed on YouTube. Fulbright alumni, Stan Breckenridge and Karol Radziwonowicz, will commemorate Pam through music – a form of expression Pam loved the most and dedicated her life to. Among others, we will listen to Stan’s musical arrangements, he used to perform with Pam, while Karol’s Chopin renditions will bring us closer to Pam’s beloved composer.

Pamela’s recent passing has left us all in grief and we hope that this concert will give the Fulbright community a chance to get together, at least virtually, and cherish her memory.

This event is free and open to the public. If you wish, please consider donating to the Pam Howland Fund for Cross-Cultural Musical Connections.

Dr. Pamela Howland (1956-2021) was a pianist, educator and Fulbright alumna who enthusiastically performed for numerous audiences across Poland. She was a strong proponent for international education and creating cross-cultural musical connections, always ready to engage in various initiatives. During her Fulbright grant, Pamela taught the history of American music at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. It was, however, neither her first, nor last trip to Poland. Pamela loved Chopin’s music and she had a close circle of friends in Warsaw and other places.

PERFORMERS

Stan Breckenridge is an American singer, soul and jazz pianist, composer, author, and academician. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, USA. He is the 2019 Recipient of Poland’s Amicus Poloniae Award (“Friend of Poland”), which is given annually to American citizens who have advanced Polish-American relations and Fulbright Poland alumnus.

Karol Radziwonowicz is a Polish pianist educated in Poland and the USA with years of performing experience in various musical centers throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Asia. He graduated from the Chopin National Music Academy in Warsaw and won prizes at several important competitions. He received many grants, including the Fulbright Award, which later enabled him to perfect his skills under György Sebők at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the only pianist in the world whose recording of Chopin’s music was flown into Space and permanently placed on the orbital station. Radziwonowicz is regarded by many critics as „a torchbearer for the Chopin/Paderewski tradition.” 

Karol Radziwonowicz is a pianist educated in Poland and the USA with years of performing experience in various musical centers throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Asia. After graduation from the Chopin National Music Academy in Warsaw with the highest honors, Radziwonowicz has won prizes at several important competitions, as well as grants, including the Fulbright Award, which later enabled him to perfect his skills under György Sebők at Indiana University Bloomington.

Radziwonowicz has cooperated with many well-known symphony orchestras and frequently collaborated with renowned conductors as Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Nikolai Aleksiejew. He has also appeared in many famous international festivals and concert halls.

One of the great successes was Radziwonowicz’s performance at Carnegie Hall in New York, where he performed Paderewski’s Piano Fantasy with Sinfonia Varsovia on the 60th anniversary of I. J. Paderewski’s death. After that triumph, Radziwonowicz received the invitation to perform at Musik Festspielehause in Salzburg, Austria. Afterward, he has been invited to perform Mozart Concerto in Berliner Philharmonic Chamber Concert Hall. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto opened the concert season of “Societé des Concerts de Fribourg” in Switzerland. He presented his art at one of the most prestigious concert venues — Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Many times, he has performed Chopin’s and Polish music recitals at Hermitage Theater in w St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatory Concert Hall. His concert with Philharmonie Baden has opened the Chopin Year 2010 in Belgium. Radziwonowicz has also performed at numerous Polish music recitals in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel. He has also appeared at Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

Karol Radziwonowicz is the only pianist in the world, who recorded Chopin’s music for the special NASA Space Project. In February 2010, as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, his recording was flown into Space aboard the Space Shuttle STS-130 “Endeavour,” and permanently placed on the orbital station. This particular recording was issued by the EMI record company. Radziwonowicz has been the first one, in the history of world recordings, to record all of the piano works of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and he was awarded by French critics (Diapason). Together with the string quintet, I Solisti di Varsavia, Radziwonowicz recorded compact discs of all Chopin’s orchestra works in chamber arrangements. It became a 1999 Bestseller in Canada, and was distinguished with a nomination for the 2002 Fryderyk award in Poland. Radziwonowicz released numerous CDs featuring Polish music of romantic composers such Karol Mikuli and Juliusz Zarębski. His recording “The Chopin Masterpieces” was recorded in 2009 on a very special Bösendorfer piano – the Chopin model.

The pianist is also involved in pedagogic activity. He was invited by various universities to lead master classes both at home and abroad. He serves as a judge in many international piano competitions. Radziwonowicz has been a founder, and for many years a chairman, of the jury of the „Chopin Golden Ring” Competition for young pianists in Slovenia. He is a lecturer in both the piano class at the Music School of Z. Brzewski for gifted youth, and The Chopin University of Music in Warsaw..

In recognition of his pedagogical activity, the pianist was elected president of the Polish branch of the EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association).

Karol Radziwonowicz is the president of I. J. Paderewski International Society for Polish Music, and vice-president of The Chopin Society in Warsaw.

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This concert is organized as part of the Fulbright Program’s 75 anniversary.

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