Chopin for Cello

Fryderyk Chopin

Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor op. 65
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo
III. Largo
IV. Finale: Allegro


Transcriptions (edited by Grzelązka's former teacher - Prof. Kazimierz Michalik):
Etude in C sharp minor Op. 25, No. 7 (arr. A. Glazunov)
Waltz in A minor Op. 34, No. 2 (arr. C. Davidov)
Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (arr. C. Davidov)
Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. A. A. Krein)
Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posth. (arr. G. Piatigorsky)
Nocturne in E flat major Op. 9 No. 2 (arr. D. Popper)

Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante in C major Op. 3 (W. Thomas-Mifune)


Notes on the Players

Cellist Ignacy Grzelązka - winner of the Grand Prize, Best Solo Performance Prize and Best Chamber Music Performance Prize at the Allegro-Vivo Music Festival in Horn, Austria. He is been awarded Prize at International Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber music Competition in Łódź, Poland; twice the Faculty and Friends Chamber Music Series Award at TCU, Fort Worth, TX; a Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Poland; a Prize and Scholarship from Austrian Culture Forum in Warsaw, Poland and a Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Vienna, Austria; twice the Robertson Violins Young Artist Award in Durango, CO. He appeared at the concert halls such as the National Philharmonic Hall and the Royal Castle Hall in Warsaw, Poland, the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall in Germany, among others. He had performed with orchestras in El Paso, TX and Durango, CO as well as recorded few CD's as a collaborative artist. Mr. Grzelazka regularly teaches as a Junior Artist Faculty at the Conservatory Music in The Mountains. He received his Master of Musical Arts degree from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he studied with Prof. Kazimierz Michalik and Prof. Andzej Bauer and his Master’s degree from Texas Christian University where his was also a teaching assistant to Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi. Currently Mr. Grzelązka is studying with Ms. Rhonda Rider at the Boston Conservatory thanks to Davi-Ellen and Bruce Chabner’s Scholarship.

The gifted young Ukrainian pianist Oleksandr Poliykov was born in Kiev in 1988. Before he was 18, he had already won 15 National Competitions and participated in many festivals. He gave many recitals and was soloist with orchestras in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany and Slovakia. He has appeared as soloist with all of the major Ukrainian orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Kiev, Philharmonic Orchestra in Chernivzi, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Vinniza He also played Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Austrian conductor Kurt Schmidt. In 2007, Oleksandr became a student of Michael Lewin at The Boston Conservatory. He is now a Junior, winning the Conservatory’s Alfred Lee Scholarship in both of his first two years. In 2007 and 2008 he won The Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev (3rd prize), the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (5th prize), International Liszt competition Bayreuth-Weimar (2nd prize), and 1st prize in the Steinway Society Competition in Boston. Recent Boston-area recitals include the Newton Library, the Chromatic Club, Temple Mishkin Tefilah, Steinert Hall, Fox Hill Village and the Boston Conservatory. In 2008, he participated in the MusicFest Perugia in Italy, where he performed the Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 with I Solisti Perugia. He also won the 3rd Prize in the International New England Chamber Music Competition in Boston with his Lumiere Piano Trio. He also studies conducting, and has been making piano transcriptions of large-scale orchestral and chamber music works.