Lukas Mikolajczyk, Pianist
Lukas Mikolajczyk is standing out as one of the most recognized pianists of his generation in Poland. He has been distinguished as a pianist of great sophistication. He is praised particularly for his harmonic perception, beauty of sound and passionate performances. In 2014 he was the very first to receive the Krystian Zimerman Award for most talented young pianists.
In October 2015 Lukas Mikolajczyk advanced to the second round of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. This achievement placed him among the world’s top 30 best young pianists. In October 2017 Lukas Mikolajczyk won the Vancouver International Music Competition held to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. He received Platinum Cash Prize and numerous additional prizes.
Originally from Poland, Lukas Mikolajczyk studied in Katowice at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School in the piano class of Professor Anna Górecka. His progress was accelerated by studies at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where in 2017 he graduated master’s degree with Professor Zbigniew Raubo. Currently Lukas Mikolajczyk is mentored by Professor Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
At the start of Lukas Mikolajczyk’s career, he has received numerous awards on many significant piano competitions. In 2008, he won the First Prize and the Special Award of Elżbieta Stefańska for the best performance of a Johann Sebastian Bach work at the 10th Ludwik Stefański and Halina Czerny-Stefańska Piano Competition in Płock, Poland. Two years later he received Second Price in the 16th Polish Piano Competition in Konin, Poland and he was awarded the third prize at the International Podkarpacki Chopin Competition held in Rzeszów, Poland. Lukas Mikolajczyk achieved 3rd place (2013, 2015) in the National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
Lukas Mikolajczyk is a scholar of Krystian Zimerman as well as Kler Foundation. He has been awarded many scholarships, such as those sponsored by the Mayor of Katowice, the Marshal of Silesian Province and the Polish Prime Minister.
In November 2013 Kler Foundation released Lukas Mikolajczyk’s first recording which features Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor op. 21. This album commemorated the 40th establishment anniversary of the Kler Company. Succeeding album, recorded live at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio S1 in Warsaw, Poland, contains unique live performance of Fryderyk Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. In August 2015, Lukas Mikolajczyk recorded his third album which features Fryderyk Chopin piano works.