PR_May 21 2016/In Recital – Guest Pianist Pawel Checinski

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Celeste Hardester

Date: May 10, 2016
In Recital: Pianist imbued in a renowned Polish tradition
Guest Classical Pianist Pawel Chęciński

PHILADELPHIA:  May 21, Fine Art Music Company (FAMC), presents In Recital: Guest Pianist Pawel Chęciński. The concert will be performed one night only on Saturday, May 21st, 8:00 pm at The Ethical Society Building. This virtuosic program contains masterpieces of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Claude Debussy (1862-1919), and Enrique Granados (1867-1916).


Saturday, May 21 at 8 pm, The Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia 19103

Tickets/ Information: $15-20, or 215-803-9725 or Tickets also available at the door.

Chęciński has performed in major concert halls in the United States and abroad, spanning five continents. This international exposure has afforded him with what he considers to be the invaluable opportunity of communicating with people of diverse national and cultural backgrounds through music. He has been successful in several international competitions, receiving the Rachmaninoff Prize at the Second International Competition of Guanabara in Rio de Janeiro, the Ravel Centennial Medal at the first Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, and won prizes in several others, including the Smetana International Competition in Czechoslovakia and the International Piano Competition in Sydney, Australia.

As a student, Pawel Chęciński studied with two of Poland’s most renowned instructors, Zbigniew Drzewiecki, who assisted in founding the Chopin International Piano Competition, and Ryszard Bakst, who was one of the Competition’s early prize-winners. Chęciński himself went on to compete in the Competition in 1970, and was awarded a special prize. In l971, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant by the U.S. Department of State to continue his studies at The Juilliard School where he earned both a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Mieczyslaw Munz. He also studied with Leon Fleisher and Aube Tzerko. For several years he worked extensively under the guidance of his mentor, the legendary Claudio Arrau.

An influential teacher, Chęciński’s teaching history includes positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of British Columbia, Columbia College (SC), and Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (Artist-in-Residence). He has conducted master classes in the United States, Poland, Canada, and across Asia.

Fine Art Music Company is honored to have this opportunity to present Pawel Chęciński, who was teacher for our co-founder Kasia Marzec-Salwinski.

Chęciński’s reviews include:

  • “…great pianistic gifts, rare and imaginative instincts of musicianship and deep dedication to his art…” – Claudio Arrau
  • “Chęciński played the kind of recital that makes the work of many more established artists seem tame and predictable… a performance that soared from the first note to last.” – The Chicago Tribune
  • “Chęciński gave himself completely to his audience in a great performance.” – O Globo, Rio de Janeiro
  • “… sensibility, passion, secure technique, feeling for the musical line, continuous emotional involvement …” – Neues Deutschland, Berlin
  • “Chęciński plays with beauty of tone, exceptional assurance, and breadth of style.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Recital Program

Frederic Chopin – the four Ballades: G minor, F major, A-flat, F minor

Franz Liszt – Sonata in B minor

Enrique Granados – Allegro de Concierto

Claude Debussy– L’Isle Joyeuse


About Fine Art Music Company:

Founded in 2010 by pianist, educator and arts entrepreneur Rollin Wilber, FAMC presents compelling concert programs in intimate settings that allow close interaction with audience and musicians, in order to engage the listener’s mind and to share the potency of classical music with continual freshness of discovery. In 2014, FAMC launched its chamber music series co-presented with The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and the International Institute for Culture, and has presented such thematically oriented program as Harmony Across Barriers – Black Origins in American Classical Music, Oppression and Transcendence: Sounds of Reaction, Of War: Composing for Mankind, and others. The 2015-16 season has presented classical music of Argentina, Hungary, Russia, and Scandinavia, as well as subject-driven programs, most recently, A Musical Ode to Earth, featuring music of George Crumb and David Ludwig. Contact Rollin Wilber at 215-803-9725 or More at



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