Oskar Jezior plays Beethoven

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II. Scherzo: Assai vivace Born in 1985 in Warsaw, Oskar Jezior grew up in Bremen, Germany. At the age of six he received his first violin lessons. Piano lessons started shortly after and his early years have allowed a prodigious talent to develop in several directions. Aged 15 he was Bremen's youngest ever student accepted into the Hochschule für Künste. In 2012 he completed his course at the Juilliard School in New York with Professor Matti Raekallio on piano. During his time at the Juilliard School, he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition 2011, and subsequently made his debut at the Lincoln Center, which was broadcast on New York radio station WQXR. Appearances at important venues have already included New York's Weill Recital Hall, the Orchard Hall/Bunkamura Tokyo, the Pheonix Hall Osaka, the National Philharmony Vilnius, the National Philharmony Warsaw, the National Opera Warsaw, the Théâtre de Vevey, the Palau de la Música de Barcelona, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Schauspielhaus Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Bremen's Die Glocke Concert Hall. He has been a guest artist at the Gdansk Spring, Braunschweig Classix as well as Schwetzingen Festivals, and has been soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Bremen Philharmonic, the Poznan Philharmonic, the Lublin Philharmonic and the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra under such conductors as Tomasz Bugaj, Antoni Wit, and Mihkel Kuetson. He is already familiar to TV and radio audiences. Oskar is a keen participant in chamber music. His musical association with Wanda Wilkomirska resulted in numerous concerts playing either violin or piano. He is currently sponsored by the Hermann-Grevesmühl-Society and plays on a Vuilliaume violin loaned to him by the Sparkasse Bremen. From 2002 until 2006 he had a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Study Foundation). Strong musical influences on him have been Josef Bayerlein, Wanda Wilkomirska, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Ida Haendel, and Arie Vardi. In 2006, "Polskie Nagrania" released his debut CD featuring Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas Op.106 "Hammerklavier" and Op.110. In 2007 he recorded songs by Wagner and Szymanowski with Malgorzata Walewska for DUX. He won prizes at several international piano competitions: Piano Campus 2010 in Pontoise, France (2nd prize), Bremer Klavierwettbewerb 2009 (2nd prize), and the Beethoven Competition "R. Laugs" 2008 in Mannheim (2nd prize). Since early childhood he has also been a composer and the recipient of numerous awards such as a first prize from Germany's Schüler komponieren competition. Sponsored by the Yamaha Music Foundation he was selected from amongst 40,000 applicants to appear at the Junior Original Concerts in Tokyo on television performing some of his own works. In 2008, he composed the film music for the documentary film "Wanda Wilkomirska - Ja wam to zagram" for Polish television TVP1. In 2010, he edited and wrote the screenplay for two documentary films: "Why Competitions", a film about the Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, and "Wiem skad jestem", an account of British-Polish violinist Ida Haendel's life and work. He also produced the music score for both films.

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