Hailed as “Polish Virtuoso,” Krystian Tkaczewski is pursuing his piano career in USA, Asia and Europe. Krystian Tkaczewski was born in 1980 in Tarnów, Poland. In 2000 Krystian became a student of Olga Rusina at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, from which he graduated in 2004 with a Master of Arts degree. In 2007 Krystian received a graduate diploma and later in 2014 received Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford in the studio of professor Oxana Yablonskaya. Krystian was also awarded The Honor Regents Award, for the best graduating doctoral candidate of the Hartt School and prestigious induction to Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Krystian has been a laureate of over 25 international piano competitions in such countries as: Greece (Athens), Italy, Spain (Madrid), Macedonia, Czech Republic and USA (i.e. Iturbi, Artists International, Bradshaw and Buono, 5 Towns, Joyce Dutka, American Protégé, Web Concert Hall).
Krystian Tkaczewski's unique presentation on the interpretation of Chopin’s Mazurkas attracted numerous music institutions around the world. An active member of the Society of Polish Musical Artists SPAM since 2004, Krystian is the founder and artistic director of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford and the artistic director of Connecticut Chopin Foundation. Other competitions which he founded and direct include the International Chopin Festival “Lato z Chopinem” – Barbara Hesse Bukowska in memoriam in 2014, the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Farmington-CT, Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition in BuskoZdroj - Poland, Future Stars International Piano Competition and Krogulski International Piano Competition. He received the silver honorable badge from The Society of Lovers of Busko-Zdroj (2015) and conferred the prestigious “Extraordinary Ability in Arts” permanent residency in United States of America. In 2023, Dr Krystian Tkaczewski will serve as Guest Jury and Professor in the 1st Chopin International Piano Competition in Singapore.
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