Marek Tomaszewski

piano

Management territoty: Poland
Manager: Kacper Salzman
tel: +48 22 646 46 28
mob: +48 501 142 085
mail: kacper@salzmanmusic.pl


Pianist Marek Tomaszewski was born on 20 November 1943 in Kraków. In 1945 he moved to Gdansk, where he began his studies of piano and completed his elementary and high school education. He also made his artistic debut, appearing in a concert at the opening of the Telewizja Polska studios in Gdansk and performing Beethoven's First piano Concerto with the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Tomaszewski continued to study piano at the Warsaw Music Academy in the studio of Professor Drzewiecki, graduating in 1967.

That same year, Marek Tomaszewski began his collaboration on film music with Krzysztof Komeda. In 1963, Mr. Tomaszewski started a piano duo with Waclaw Kisielewski. Between the years 1963-1965 the "Marek and Vacek" duo appeared in weekly Sunday broadcasts on Polish Radio. Their first LP came out in 1966 and they began to tour extensively with other artists, most notably accompanying Marlena Dietrich on her tour of Poland. Marek and Wacek later toured the United States, Canada, and most of Europe, performing at various prestigious venues and festivals, including the Olympia in Paris, and the Montreux and Baden-Baden festivals. In 1967 they received the Gold Medal at the international competition in Rennes, and a year later the duo performed at the Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale in Cannes and recorded their second LP. Known abroad as "Marek and Vacek", they settled in Paris in the early 1970s, with Marek Tomaszewski serving as the main source for programming ideas and musical arrangements. In 1971 the pianists began to give hundreds of concerts annually, becoming recognized for their successful combination of classical, pop and jazz repertoire. Their numerous appearances in concert halls, recordingstudios, and television broadcasts led to joint appearances with the most famous musicians of the era, including Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, Mireille Mathieu, and Dalida, among others. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, the duo recorded 26 albums for companies in Poland and abroad. Mr. Tomaszewski and Mr. Kisielewski also appeared in numerous films and television broadcasts. After death of Mr. Kisielewski in 1986, the duo was briefly reconfigured with another pianist, Michel Prezman. Altrough their performances at the Alter Oper in Frankfurt and numerous tours of Western Germany, Poland, North America, and Europe were very successful, and in spite of recording two additional albums, the new duo never achieved the same degree of popularity or recognition.

After thirty years of a chamber music career, Mr. Tomaszewski decided to devote his creative energies to solo piano performances and teaching. He collaborated with various ballet companies in Paris and continued to pursue his passion for arrangements and transcriptions of the standard répertoire, this time for solo piano. His transcription of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" was premiered in Montmorency near Paris in 2004.
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