15th Liszt Festival


Recital of Liliana Zalesińska (mezzo-soprano) and Maciej Grzybowski (piano)

Saturday 22 October 2016, 7:00 pm

Gödöllői Királyi Kastély


LILIANNA ZALESIŃSKA - mezzo-soprano.

Studied voice at The Academy of Music in Lodz/Poland, earning an Honours Master of Music Degree and accomplished her post-gradual studies at The University of Music in Vienna/Austria with unanimous distinction (2008). She is also an alumna of The Institute of Art History at Warsaw University. She participated in masterclasses with Teresa Żylis- Gara, Raúl Giménez (Akademie BelCanto), Marjana Lipovšek, Alfred Burgstaller (Mozarteum), Claudia Eder, Helena Łazarska. The singer was a recipient of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Swiss Foundation of Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll- Dürr scholarshipsThe laureate of numerous Polish vocal competitions is also the winner of The International Competition of the Chamber Opera in Rheinsberg where she made her debut as Mathilde in Haendel’s “Ottone” first german speaking version in the performance directed by Harry Kupfer. Since that time she has been performing in Poland, Austria and Germany. Her operatic parts include operas by Haendel, Mozart, Puccini, Humperdinck (Mutter und Hexe in “Hänsel und Gretel” in Vienna) and title part in unique Balducci’s „Boabdil- Re di Granata” (Germany- first premiere performance since year 1827). She was also chosen to sing in the opera „Schlafes Bruder” by Herbert Willi in Neue Oper in Vienna. Ms. Zalesińska participated in premiere performances of contemporary compositions during Festival für junge zeitgenössische Musik, Komponistinnen Marathon in the renowned Konzerthaus / Vienna (under the auspices of President of The Republic of Austria). In 2011 and 2012 she has performed during the opening concert during one of the biggest international festival for contemporary music “Warsaw Autumn”, as well as many Polish and international music festivals, among others 50. Jubilee Lancut Music Festival, Festival of Polish Songs in the Royal Palace In Warsaw, Musica Moderna, Jeunesse Österreich, Les Heures Romantiques, Chanterelle, The Colours of Poland, Viva il Canto, Forum Musicum, A. Didur Festival, Max Reger Tage. Ms. Zalesinska has made recordings for The Polish Radio, The Radio Lodz and for the biggest Polish privat TV- “Polsat” where she recorded live “Stabat Mater” by G. B. Pergolesi. Aria’s evening with her performance was transmitted in Kulturradio RBB/Germany (program „Talente und Karierren“). In addition to performing, the singer has given a Masterclass for German Lied at the S. Moniuszko School of Music in Lodz/ Poland.



Maciej Grzybowski

His artistic career began in 1990. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has made numerous phonographic, radio and television recordings.

‘He is the greatest pianist I have heard in my life. (…) He BREATHES THE MUSIC and brings out character no one else has found in it. (…) He is a phenomenon, a marvel, a miracle, a

special kind of genius. (...)’

Walter Arlen,long-term critic of the “Los Angeles Times”, 2012

His two records (Bach, Berg, Mykietyn, Schönberg, Szymański and Paweł Szymański – Works for Piano) have been released by Universal and EMI Classics, and were nominated for the prestigious Polish award –‘Fryderyk’.

As a soloist he has performed at many international festivals along with such great artists like Martha Argerich, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ivo Pogorelich, Piotr Anderszewski, the Arditti Quartett and the London Sinfonietta. He had his debut in the United States in 2005, where he played his recital in New York. During his two music tours in USA and Canada in 2012 Grzybowski played several concerts in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Denver, as well as in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. In 2014-2015 he had another two music tours: in the USA (Lindsborg, Seattle, Sarasota) and in Australia and New Zealand.

Grzybowski played also in Great Britain at the festival Sounds New in Canterbury, where he shared the stage with the Arditti String Quartett, the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Intercontemporain", in London with Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1st Concerto at St. John’s Smith Square as well as in the Wigmore Hall in London and in Oxford, at the festival in Dartington.

Grzybowski was also invited to take part in the Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), where in 2013 he presented II. Concerto op. 4 by Andrzej Czajkowski (a phenomenal, yet forgotten, eminent 20th century Polish composer and pianist) together with the Wiener Symphoniker Orchestra, under Paul Daniel. His recital at the Mozart Hall in Bologna (Italy) was recognized as the greatest event Bologna has held in a few years. In 2015 Grzybowski gave a concert in the National Museum of Korea in Seul.