Piotr Sałajczyk (Poland)

To me, Bösendorfer stands for an extraordinary wealth of color; an instrument that uniquely expresses everything the pianist imagines. It's also an extremely precise machine that surpriseswith its depth of tone and ability to achieve great contrasts.

Piotr Sałajczyk – pianist, chamber musician, teacher. Winner of a Fryderyk (most important phonographic award in Poland) and an Orfeusz award for “outstanding performances of Polish music”. He has been nominated for a Polityka Passport award (2017) for “the sensitivity and intelligence with which he approaches repertoire that tends to be absent from our stages” and his interests include the latest music as well as unknown music of Polish Romanticism.

The year 2017 saw the release of his four-disc album with the complete piano works of Juliusz Zarębski. A year later he decided to record the complete works of Władysław Żeleński for piano (including the Piano Concerto accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra).

He has many world premiere performances of contemporary music to his credit, and collaborates with the Apollon Musagete Quartet, the Royal String Quartet, Meccore String Quartet, Hastag Ensemble, Piotr Pławner, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Joanna Freszel, Agata Zubel and the Silesian Quartet, among others. With the last-mentioned ensemble, he recorded Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Quintet, which marked the start of his fascination with this composer. He is one of the founders of the Weinberg Trio chamber group.

In 2021, his album of Mieczyslaw Wajnberg's piano sonatas was released by Polish Radio, about which Norman Lebrecht wrote: "Salajczyk interprets Weinberg really insightfully and intelligently" and Dorota Szwarcman "this is the kind of piano Wajnberg I have been waiting for". The person and oeuvre of Karol Szymanowski is the focus of his attention; he became president of the Karol Szymanowski Society in Zakopane in 2022 and artistic director of the Szymanowski’s Music Festivals in Zakopane.

Piotr Sałajczyk has a very busy concert schedule (performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonia Iuventus, AUKSO, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Filharmonica Transilvania with over 30 piano concertos from his repertoire), festivals in Poland and abroad: Warsaw Autumn, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Musica Polonica Nova, Budapest Spring, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Musique et Neige, The Silesian Quartet and Its Guests, NOSPR Festival of World Premieres, Festival of Polish Piano Music in Słupsk, Usedomer Musikfestival, Cartagena Music Festival). His many albums released by DUX, CD Accord, Haenssler, CPO and Naxos have won various awards in Poland and abroad (Maestro Pianiste, Pizzicato Supersonic, 5 de Diapason, six Fryderyk nominations, Opera Nederland’s album of the month, ICMA nomination). He has also recorded for Polish Radio Programme 2, the Belgian radio station Musiq3, Deutschlandradio and HR2.

He also takes part in numerous film and theatre projects. With NOSPR, he recorded fragments of Andrzej Panufnik’s Piano Concerto for the soundtrack of Andrzej Wajda’s last film, Afterimage. In 2019, at the invitation of Zbigniew Preisner, he took part in Preisner's Music, a gala to mark the composer's anniversary.

Piotr Sałajczyk teaches piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, from which he graduated after studying piano with Prof. Józef Stompel. He continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Pavel Gililov. He was also a pianist of the Sommerakademie Salzburg. At the beginning of 2023, the first volume of Juliusz Zarębski's edited piano works will be published by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne. In the 2023/24 season, the artist can be heard at the Wigmore Hall, the Grand Theatre - National Opera and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, among others. His performance will inaugurate the 2023/24 season of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, he will give a piano recital during most prominent festival in Poland - “Chopin and his Europe”. The pianist will also perform piano concertos written for him by Aleksander Nowak and Andrzej Karałow. The same season also sees the release of three recordings by the pianist: the fifth and final disc with piano works by Juliusz Zarębski, works for piano and orchestra by Bolesław Szabelski recorded with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and second disc with piano sonatas by Mieczysław Weinberg.

Piotr represents Bösendorfer in the Poland region.