Maciej Markiewicz is a world-class pianist, whose style goes beyond simple classifications. For more than 30 years, he has been creating music, which is purely classic, in his own unique arrangements and film music, jazz, blues or boogie-woogie, combining various styles and musical genres in a unique manner.
Markiewicz was born on 7 May 1967. He began learning to play the piano when he was just five years old, under the eye of his grandmother Stanis┼éawa. When he was seven, he started his education at the Primary Music School in Pozna┼ä, and continued at the Pozna┼ä Musical Secondary School. In 1992, he graduated from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Musical Academy in the piano masterclass of Prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski.
Since he was a child, he has been fascinated by music and successes of the "Marek & Vacek" duo, he decided to form a piano duo himself. In secondary school, he met Marek Gidaszewski. Since then, the two young pianists have worked hard to build their repertoire and discover their own "voice". They formed a piano duo called M2. In 1984, they won the first prize at the Young Talents festival in Elbl─ůg. They later won at the Festival of Culture and Art in Klagenfurt, Austria. They actively cooperated with Jan Tomaszewski, the then-director of the Musical Theatre in Pozna┼ä. Owing to their joint work, they made a record called "W bieli i w czerni" (In white and black) published by Sony Music Entertainment Polska. The record became a hit on the music market both in Poland and abroad.
In 1999, Maciej Markiewicz met Axel Zwingenberger, a famous German pianist, one of the best-known artists playing boogie-woogie and blues. Since then, full of fascination, he thoroughly studied the arcana and technique of this music style. This has led to joint concerts in Germany and other European countries.
During the last ten years Maciej Markiewicz performed many concerts with well-known pianists, including the aforementioned Axel Zwingenberger, Vince Weber, Frank Muschalle, Joja Wendt, and Gottfried Boettger, either playing solo or in a company. An interesting artistic experiment was to participate in piano concerts held in a historical train "Konzertexpress" as part of the "Festival on the Rail Tracks" in Germany. The pianist was invited, several times, to take part as an honorary guest in the international festival Boogie Woogie Connection in Hamburg. These concerts resulted in such records as "Boogie-woogie live" and "Classic meets boogie".
Aside from duo concerts or concerts involving several pianists, Maciej Markiewicz regularly performs solo concerts in such places as; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, The Czech Republik, and more. He was invited a few times as a guest entertainer aboard the ship of Oceania Cruises, an American cruise line. He also played at the Hamburg stadium for the audience of thousands for "Rettung fuer FC St. Pauli", and at the opening ceremony of the world's largest computer fair CeBIT in Hanover. Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor of Germany was a special guest at the concert.
In Poland, the artist has performed many a times with symphonic orchestras, e.g. in the National Theatre (Teatr Narodowy) in Warsaw during the Grand Gala of Polish Business Leaders (Wielka Gala Liderów Polskiego Biznesu) organised by the Business Center Club; and in the Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki) in Pozna┼ä, ┼üód┼║, Gda┼äsk and Katowice. His arrangements have aroused great enthusiasm.
Maciej Markiewicz has taken part in numerous musical programmes. For example, as a guest of "Filharmonia Dowcipu" ("Humorous Philharmonic") with Waldemar Malicki, playing as the M2 duo, a concert with two pianos. While working together with Waldemar Malicki, he took part in an entertainment show titled "Co tu jest grane?" ("What is played here?") presenting masterly performances of classic hits.
In Szymbark, December 2010, together with the greatest Polish pianists (incl. Bogdan Czapiewski, Stanis┼éaw Deja, Romuald Koperski and Leszek Mo┼╝d┼╝er), Maciej Markiewicz was involved in breaking a Guinness record for playing the world's largest piano (6 meters in length, weighing in at 2 tonnes) for the closing of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin's birthday.
In 2011, the artist was invited by the Marshall Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province to add splendour to a cycle of music shows related to the promotion of the province "Lata 20-te, lata 30-te" ("The 1920s and 1930s"). He showed mastery in rendering the spirit of that period by playing solo and with a rhythm section of Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz and theatre actors and vocalists.
Maciej Markiewicz is successfully involved as a guest in various musical projects, and cohosts programs for, for example, business entities, entities operating in the financial sector and state and local administrative units, as part of cultural festivals, showing an unusual artistic talent combining dry wit with musical technique.
In his artistic career, Maciej Markiewicz has worked together with a number of outstanding performers, e.g. conductor Janusz Powolny, conductor Zbigniew Górny, Grzegorz Turnau, Waldemar Malicki, Leszek Mo┼╝d┼╝er, Adam Makowicz, Hanna Banaszak, Krzysztof Piasecki, Tadeusz Ross, Ireneusz Krosny, Piotr Rubik, Marek Tomaszewski (of the "Marek & Vacek" duo), Zenon Laskowik, Zbigniew Wodecki, Wies┼éaw Prz─ůdka, Maciej Stuhr, Piotr Ba┼étroczyk, etc.
The latest album PIANO IMPRESSIONS - bridging classical music, blues and boogie-woogie - entered the market on 10 May 2013. The album was published under the artistic direction of the most famous musicologist and Chopin expert Jan Popis, and in opinion-forming cooperation with the Managing Director of The Poznan Philharmonic Wojciech Nentwig, composer, arranger and conductor Zbigniew Górny and musician Zbigniew Wodecki.
In August 2013 Markiewicz held a piano concert as a part of The 68th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój. The same month, he participated in a piano show during The Hamburg Boogie Woogie Connection (this year the 25th jubilee anniverasy of the festival was celebrated).
One should also mention charity concerts by the artist, who has special understanding and involvement when it comes to participating in events for children.
Maciej Markiewicz is a person with all-round talents - musician, pianist, improviser, an author of texts for the stage, and, at the same time, an excellent watercolour painter. As he is convinced that colours are like sounds, he has been conducting his own workshop "Akwarela" ("Watercolour painting") for many years. Interested in popularising knowledge about Polish art by, for example, professor Wiktor Zin (with whom he studied for many years), he is constantly developing forms of plastic expression by attending lectures and courses given by painting authorities. He is especially fascinated by landscape and nature topics and his works include hundreds of his own open air and studio paintings. As part of his passion for watercolour painting, the artist showed his works in numerous exhibitions and vernissages, including those accompanying his concerts.
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