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  • 31 October 2016

    Polish artist Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky held his New Zealand concert tour. He performed on the famous Paderewski's piano, ran workshops with the students of the New Zealand School of Music and met with the children from the Polish School.

    Between 12 and 28 October, Polish maestro performed at the Victoria University in Wellington, Whittaker's Music Museum at Waiheke Island, at Lewis Eady in Auckland as well as recently renovated Christchurch Arts Centre.

    While in Wellington, Raphael Lustchevsky held workshops with the students of the New Zealand School of Music. Artist also held a special music lesson with the children of Polish School in Wellington.

    On Waiheke Island, Polish maestro performed on a Bechstein left in New Zealand by Ignacy Paderewski, a composer, pianist, politician, statesman, former Polish prime minister and foreign minister. Paderewski toured New Zealand twice: in 1904 and 1927. 


    The Polish pianist performed compositions by Chopin, Schubert, G. Bacewicz and K. Szymanowski.



    Polish artist, Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky, made his international debut at the age of 16 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Today, after 20 years of his fruitful career, he belongs to the most renowned artists of his generation, his talents taking him across Europe, North and South America, Australia, Middle East, Asia and South Africa, gathering the highest acclaim from the enraptured audience and music critics.

    Since 2001 listed as a Steinway Artist on the "Steinway & Sons Artists' Roster" in New York, featuring the world's finest pianists. Also known as a Montblanc Artist, for his recording of the Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 with Philharmonia of the Nations Orchestra in Hamburg, exclusively for the Montblanc Meisterstück „Tribute to Chopin” on the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin's death.


    Considered an "expert interpreter" of Fryderyk Chopin's works, Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky offered numerous piano recitals at the F. Chopin's Birthplace Museum in Zelazowa Wola (Poland).


    Lustchevsky is one of the prominent graduates of professor Andrzej Jasinski, president of the jury at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and teacher of maestro Krystian Zimerman. Graduated with the Master's Degree in Performing Arts from the "Karol Szymanowski" Academy of Music in Katowice/Poland. He mastered his skills with the legendary virtuoso of piano, maestro Lazar Berman at Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar/Germany where he completed postgraduate studies Konzertexamen (doctorate level diploma in 2001). Maestro Alexis Weissenberg also lent significant influence to the development of his artistic personality. He pursued his studies at the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola/Italy and attended master courses guided by John O'Conor, Gyorgy Sebok and Krystian Zimerman.


    The artistry of Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky has been crowned with the highest prizes at the international piano competitions, such as: "Clara Schumann" in Germany, "Maria Canals" in Spain, "Luis Sigall" in Chile. At the UNESCO-International Piano Competition "Dinu Lipatti" in Romania he was awarded with the Grand Prix 1st prize. His artistic activity and merits have also been recognized with multiple special awards from the Ministry of Culture and Arts of the Republic of Poland. He took three times the top award at all-Poland Piano Competition of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw (today: National Chopin Institute). His artistic endeavours have also been rewarded with many other distinctions, such as the one by the President of Romania, Board of the City of Rio de Janeiro, special prizes in Poland from the Duszniki International Chopin FestivalNational Piano Festival and a scholarship from the government of Germany (DAAD).


    Maestro Lustchevsky has wide-ranging interests in music. His diverse piano-concerto-repertoire features more than 30 works from the period of Bach to contemporary, representing widely the Romanticism. He also performs modern concertos and commisioned works.


    Hailed as one of the finest pianists of his generation, maestro Lustchevsky is an accomplished pedagogue. In 2003, he has been appointed an Honorary Professor to the National University of Costa Rica. Lustchevsky has become a Guest Professor and Lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane Griffith University, National University in Brasilia, National Music Conservatoriums in Buenos Aires, Lima and Montevideo, National Music Institutes in Algiers and Panama City, as well as in workshops, master courses and international music festivals. Other pedagogical commitments included: Edinburgh, Bangkok, Jakarta, New Delhi, Lima, Londrina. 



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