Alicja Fiderkiewicz…. a pianist of rare quality….she plays with the kind of old-fashioned simplicity associated with the playing of her two great compatriots- Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Artur Rubinstein….(Piano Magazine)
…masterly and beautiful music making…(Daily Telegraph)
…gave a performance of Grieg’s Concerto in which she showed a masculine strength of attack and a feminine delicacy in the lyrical passages ….(Daily Telegraph)
….Hindemith’s 3rd Sonata was the performance of the afternoon…(Financial Times-Wigmore Hall)
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Born in Warsaw, Poland, the young Alicja Fiderkiewicz’s outstanding musical talent was recognised at the tender age of three by her elder sister’s piano teacher, who, upon hearing her play immediately spotted Alicja’s tremendous potential. She saw in Alicja a passion for music, and recognised her perfect pitch and astonishing sense of rhythm, whereupon Alicja began studying the piano in earnest and entered Karol Szymanowski’s School of Music in Warsaw at the age of seven, attending the classes of Professor Krystyna Bocianowska. Two years later, on Alicja’s father being posted to Russia as the Moscow Polish Embassy’s Naval Attaché, Alicja was accepted into the Central School of Music attached to the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire. She was taught by Professor Tatjana Kestner, who was herself a pupil of Alexander Goldenweisser. Tatjana Kestner taught a number of prominent Russian pianists, including Andrey Gavrilow, Tatjana Shebanowa, among others.
During her years in Moscow, Alicja played in front of Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, and participated in Bach masterclasses with Tatjana Nikolayeva. In addition to her diligent musical studies, Alicja found time to give recitals at the Moscow Conservatoire, as well as to perform in many parts of Russia and the Ukraine.
Upon returning to her native Poland, Alicja continued her musical education in Karol Szymanowski’s Lyceum of Music under the expert guidance of Professor Wanda Losakiewicz and, notably, Professor Zbigniew Drzewiecki, who taught so many outstanding Polish and overseas Chopin Competition Prize-winners. During the subsequent four years in Warsaw, Alicja won the Polish National Bach and Beethoven Competitions. She won the Chopin Scholarship four years in succession, the success of which gave her a number of engagements throughout Poland, including the birthplace of Chopin in Zelazowa Wola, plus the famous Royal Lazienki Park and Ostrogski Palace in Warsaw. Having graduated from Warsaw with Distinction and being awarded the prestigious gold medal, Alicja decided to leave her native country and continue her studies abroad. Despite being offered a place in the Julliard School of Music in New York, she chose instead to study under Professor Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Alicja admired his performances immensely, especially Chopin’s Mazurkas.
Within three months of entering the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Alicja was offered a scholarship for the rest of her five years’ undergraduate and post-graduate period.
Professor Bakst, himself a student of Professor Heinrich Neihaus in Moscow and a prize-winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition, was to have vast influence on Alicja’s further development especially that of developing her sound, which has been described by some critics in her Chopin recital CD as, “a sound of exquisite beauty”.
During her studies at the RNCM, Alicja won a number of college awards and concerto competitions. She participated in various masterclasses, including performing Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit for Professor Vlado Perlemutter and represented her college in many concert venues throughout the UK. She graduated with Distinction in both performance and teaching.
Alicja has appeared with number of major orchestras, including the Hallé, Da Camera, Manchester Camerata, La Scala in Milan, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Polish Radio & TV Orchestra, and many others. She has also given recitals for BBC Radio 3 and BBC TV.
Alicja has participated in International Competitions, becoming a winner and Prize winner of Dudley International Piano Competition and Premio Dino Ciani in Milan, where her performances were given high praise by Martha Argerich and Fou Ts’ong. Additionally, she was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Music Fellowship.
Alicja has performed widely throughout Great Britain in major venues, including a number of Wigmore Hall recitals, St. John’s, Smith Square, St-Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, as well as performing internationally in Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Cyprus, Poland, Russia, Japan and Ukraine.
For a number of years, Alicja took some time-out from stage and regular performances, but continued her work as a member of the keyboard department at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Since returning to the stage, Alicja’s performances in Japan, Cyprus, Spain and the UK have been received with great acclaim. She is a frequent faculty member and performer at the International Summer School of Music at Chetham’s in Manchester, where she exercises considerable teaching skills.
She gives a number of masterclasses in England and internationally – Japan, Cyprus and Spain.
Moreover, Alicja records for Dunelm and Divine Art Labels, with whom she has released four highly acclaimed CDs.
Charitable performances and commitments to worthwhile causes form part of Miss Fiderkiewicz’s career, notably Macmillan Cancer Relief, Macmillan Nurses, Cancer Research, The Heart Foundation, Eden Animal Refuge, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Save The Children: Japan Tsunami Relief, and in addition, raising funds to support various churches and historical buildings in the UK, Spain and Poland.