PhD Aleksandra Świgut, pianist, a graduate and teacher of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, a prize- winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw (2018). She was studying both historical piano and modern instruments. Her PhD research considered historical piano performance practice contra twentieth-century piano tradition. Her wide experience with historical and modern instruments and different performance practices makes her interpretations unique.
She studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Katowice Music Academy, Gdańsk Music Academy and Guildhall School of Music in London.
Semi-finalist of the International Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and the participant of the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. She has won many prizes in piano competitions, including in Ettlingen, Enschede and New Orleans and at the Polish Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She has appeared at festivals in Nohant, Paris and Duszniki-Zdrój, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival and ‘Chopin and his Europe’. She has worked with such outstanding musicians and teachers as Robert Levin, Malcolm Bilson, Arie Vardi, Anna Malikova, Alexei Lubimov, Piet Kuijken, Ives Henry. As a soloist, she has performed with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Aukso Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras of Łódź, Lublin, Zielona Góra and Podlasie, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. She also performs as a chamber musician.
Together with cellist Marcin Zdunik, she has recorded a disc of works by Robert Schumann, released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the ‘Debuts: Young Talents’ series (2014). She also performs in DUO Świgut with her sister, violinist Agnieszka Świgut. In 2022 she released her solo album „In Between” with music of Fryderyk Chopin.
She is a former grant-holder of the Polish National Children’s Fund (2003– 2010), which currently supports her pedagogic work. She has received multiple grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Foundation and the German Jutting Foundation.
fot. Bruno Fidrych