The music of France differs a lot from that of Poland, but they do have a few solemn and romantic nuances in common. Frédéric Chopin’s compositions appeared at the junction of these two cultures.
Lidia Książkiewicz followed in the footsteps of the great romantic composer. Having earned acclaim in her home country, Poland, she moved to France and graduated from a local conservatory winning the 1rst prize. She is also winner of prestigious competitions.
The French organist of Polish origin will present the music of both countries. We will listen to a suite by Jacques Boyvin, an interesting, though rarely performed representative of the French Baroque era, a beautiful organ mass by Adam of Wągrowiec, Polish composer of the 17th c., and César Franck’s Grande Pièce Symphonique. One of Felix Mendelssohn’s organ sonatas is an unexpected bonus.
Lidia Książkiewicz is a Polish pianist and organist living in France.
Born in 1977 in Poznan (Poland), she began studying piano at the age of five and organ at the age of twenty.
After graduating from the national academies of music in Bydgoszcz and Poznan where she won first prizes with honours, she also received a large number of awards at international competitions:
1st prize at the International Music Competition of the 20th Century in Warsaw (1994),
1st prize at the International Organ Competition in Rimini in Italy (2004),
winner of the International Organ Competition of Haarlem, Netherlands (César Franck, 2000) and the international competition Reger/Messiaen in Graz (Austria) in 2003.
Winner of the prestigious competition Grand Prix de l’Académie des Beaux Arts in Angers in France (2004).
After she moved to France she graduated from the Conservatory of Saint-Maur for organ (1rst prize) and the harpsichord (gold medal). In 2004 she was a finalist at the International Organ Competition of Chartres.
She has already performed in many countries including France, Poland, Luxembourg, Russia, Holland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Albania, Denmark, Austria, Spain.
Besides her training as a pianist and organist, Lidia Książkiewicz has done extensive studies of pedagogy (National Diploma of Education in organ and piano) and has published a book on the contribution of piano technique to romantic organ repertoire.
As a soloist, she has worked with symphony orchestras in Slovakia and Poland. She has recorded for radio and television in Europe (Vienna – ORF, Warsaw – Polskie Radio, Tirana – TV1).
Lidia Książkiewicz is currently organist of the Cathedral of Laon and teaches at the Conservatory and Academy of Music of Strasbourg.
2nd Livre d’Orgue, Suite du 4e ton
Adam z Wagrowca (Adam of Wągrowiec)
Et in terra
Cum sancto spiritu
Sonate pour orgue No. 4
Grande Pièce Symphonique
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Tags: A romantic evening, France, Genuine organ as it should be, Get a celebrity autograph, Poland