Denis Orkiszewski, Poland/Germany
I started learning to play the piano at the age of 7, in the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex in Toruń, in the piano class of Jolanta Czerniawska MA. Currently I am a former pupil of the 2nd level Music High School in Professor Waldemar Wojtal’s class.
In September 2018 I performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA. I was among the dozens of children from all over the world who qualified for the Allianz Junior Music Camp in Warsaw (2016), where I took part in master classes with the world-famous pianist Lang Lang at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw. I was awarded the title of Music Ambassador of the Lang Lang
International Music Foundation located in New York. I am a laureate and finalist of many national and international piano competitions in Poland and abroad, among others: I won a distinction in the "Dancing Piano" (Roztańczony Fortepian) Piano
Competition in Inowrocław, Poland (2013), 2nd place in the II Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz Memorial National Competition of Young Musical Individuals Piano Competition (Ogólnopolski Konkurs Młodych Indywidualności Muzycznych im. Tadeusza Paciorkiewicza) in Sierpc, Poland (2014), 2nd place in the 9th Włocławek Piano Class Meetings (Włocławskie Spotkania Klas Fortepianu) (2014), 1st place in the 3rd National Piano Duo Competition "Let's Play Together" (Grajmy Razem) in
Zamość, Poland (2014), distinction in the 13th National Chamber Piano Competition (Ogólnopolski Konkurs Kameralistyki Fortepianowej) in Toruń, Poland (2014), 3rd place in the 6th Chopin Piano Festival in Kraków, Poland (2015), 1st place in the 2nd National Chopin Piano Competition (Ogólnopolski Konkurs Pianistyczny im. Fryderyka Chopina) in Turzno, Poland (2015), 1st place in the 3rd Piano Competition for Children and Youth under the honorary patronage of Rafał Blechacz
(Konkurs Pianistyczny dla Dzieci i Młodzieży pod honorowym patronatem Rafała Blechacz) in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland (2016). I am a finalist of the Merci, Maestro! International Piano Competition in Brussels, Belgium (2018). I was also awarded the title of finalist of the International “Feurich Competition Wien” in Vienna, Austria (2018), distinction in the 19th Composition Competition in Toruń, Poland (2019), 1st place winner at the „XIV Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition“ in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA (2020). I was also awarded with the 2nd place in the VIII International Piano Competition "Citta di San Dona di Piave", Italy (2021) and the 2nd place in the VIII International Piano Competition "ISCHIA", Italy (2021). As a member of a chamber ensemble I won the first place at the International Competition "Valencia Awards Music Competition", Spain (2022).
Several times I have taken part in the programme of the Toruń Television titled “Boulevard of Art” (2014, 2015, 2019). I played, among others, at the 2nd International Young Pianist Concert "Stage4Kids" in Hamburg, Germany (2017) and at the Chopin Music Concert for Rotary, during EEMA 2017 in Warsaw. In September 2018 as a special prize won at the Fryderyk Chopin Competition (Konkurs im. Fryderyka Chopina) in Turzno, I played at the Carnegie Hall in New York, USA. I performed three times with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra at the CKK Jordanki in Toruń (2021, 2022, 2023). I played repeatedly during concerts organised as part of the „Festival Musical Durtal“ in Durtal, France (2021, 2022, 2023). I have also performed in Sondershausen in Germany, at concerts in Geneva, Zurich, Bern and Leysin in Switzerland, concerts in Żelazowa Wola and the Chopin Centre in
Szafarnia. I took part in the charity concert "Musician for Ukraine" in Toruń, Poland (2022). I am performing at numerous ceremonies organized in Toruń, Bydgoszcz and Gdańsk. Until 2022, I was a member of a school chamber ensemble.
I received the Mayor of Toruń Scholarship for the school year 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, the “Pomerania and Kujawy Top of the Class” Scholarship for the school year 2019/2020 and the City of Toruń Scholarship for Culture for 2020.
I took part in the Rotary Summer Master Courses at the Thuringian State Music Academy in Sondershausen, Germany, in the International Master Workshops (Międzynarodowe Warsztaty Mistrzowskie) in Szafarnia (2017), the International Master Workshops in Geneva (2018) and Leysin (2019) in Switzerland, the International Piano Forum “Bieszczady bez granic in Warsaw, Poland (2021), „WSL Masterclass” with prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy in Durtal, France (2021, 2022, 2023). I regularly take part in many piano workshops with prominent educators. In 2022 I qualified for the „WSL Academy", also conducted by Maestro Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy.