One of the most versatile Polish pianists
of the young generation, he has a passion
for improvisation. Aleksander Dębicz is also
a brilliant interpreter of classical music.
Aleksander Dębicz is a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Primary and Secondary Music School in Wrocław, piano class of Helena Furmanowicz-Kurzyńska, and of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, piano class of Professor Elżbieta Tarnawska.
He has received scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2001/2002), the Wrocław local government and the J&S Pro Bono Poloniae Foundation.
He has taken part in many Polish and international piano competitions, and was successful in most of them. Awards:
1st place and special prize for the best performance of a work by G. Bacewicz at the 9th Kłodzko Piano Competition (1999);
1st place and special prize for the best performance of works by Bach at the 15th J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Gorzów and Frankfurt on the Oder (2000);
1st prize at the 10th International Chopin Competition for Children and Young People in Szafarnia (2002);
3rd place at the 2nd Polish National Chopin Competition for Children in Jelenia Góra (2002);
special mention at the 5th International Chopin Competition of Young Pianists from the Baltic Sea Countries in Narva, Estonia (2004);
special prize for the best performance of a Haydn sonata at the 10th International Piano Competition in Bremen, Germany (2005);
special prize at the International Music Competition in Bucharest, Romania (2006);
special mention for interpretations of works by Chopin at the IBLA Grand Prize competition in Sicily (2006);
prize-winner of Radio Bis’s Bach Junior competition in Warsaw (2000),
finalist of the International Piano Competition in Kitzingen, Germany (2003), semi-finalist of the 8th
I. J. Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2010),
winner of the Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest, an international competition for composition and ad hoc improvisation to a picture (2013).
The Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest is
a spectacular and unique contest of simultaneous composition and synchronous improvisation to
a motion picture, on the piano. The artists watch
a short film and then, on stage, in front of the audience must create a composition connected to the picture. They see the film for the first time during the auditions. Immediately after watching the picture, they go on stage and create ad hoc music to the film they have just seen. This art requires extraordinary musical and emotional imagination, as well
as exceptional technical proficiency.
Dębicz honed his skills taking part in international master classes, working with world-famous pianists and teachers: Robert Levin, Andras Schiff, Andrea Bonatta, Alexander Braginsky, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Andrzej Jasiński, Alexei Orlovetsky and others.
The artist’s musical quests have taken him not only to solo performances but also chamber music. He forms duos with musicians including cellist Marcin Zdunik and saxophonist Wojciech Psiuk as well as singer Ewa Leszczyńska.
He has played concerts in Poland and abroad (including Germany, France, Romania, Italy, Austria, Turkey).
Aleksander Dębicz is also a composer.
After winning the 2013 Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest, an international competition for composition and ad hoc improvisation to a picture, he signed a contract for five albums with Warner Music Poland. The first CD, Cinematic Piano, was released in May 2015. This debut album is a collection of the artist’s own compositions inspired by film.
In 2016 Aleksander Dębicz wrote and recorded the music to Michał Bukojemski’s film Zjazd absolwentów [School Reunion]. Also that year, he started a collaboration with the Arnold Szyfman Polski Theatre in Warsaw, writing music for the productions Fifi and Kłopoty ze spadkiem [Inheritance Troubles].