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.