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ALICJA FIDERKIEWICZ

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Alicja Fiderkiewicz was born in Warsaw, Poland and started regular piano lessons at the age of 6. A year later, she entered the Music School in Warsaw. She was then accepted into the Central School of Music in Moscow attached to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory after 2 years. In Moscow, she was taught by T.E. Kestner and played in front of T.Nikolayeva, E .Gilels and S. Richter.

After returning to Poland 6 years later, Alicja continued her studies in Warsaw’s Szymanowski Lyceum where her teachers were W.Łosakiewicz and Z.Drzewiecki. During the next 4 years in Warsaw, Alicja won the Polish National Bach and Beethoven Competitions and the Chopin Scholarship for 4 years in succession. She performed throughout Poland including giving recitals in Żelazowa Wola, Royal Łazienki Park, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall and many other venues.

Having graduated from Warsaw, Alicja decided to continue her studies at the RNCM in Manchester, UK with R. Bakst. Within 3 months of entering the College, she was offered a full scholarship for 5 years and later, further 1 year as a postgraduate student. During her studies in Manchester, Alicja won a number of college and outside awards, and concerto competitions and also represented RNCM in many venues across the UK. She also participated in a number of masterclasses, the most memorable one being the one by Vlado Perlemuter where she performed Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit. On leaving the College, she received Distinction on both Teaching and Performance courses.

Throughout her career, Alicja appeared with a number of orchestras - The Halle, Da Camera, Manchester Camerata, La Scala Milan, Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio and TV orchestra and many others. She has also worked with a number of conductors including Frank Cliff, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Pijarowski, Kenneth Page, Owain Orwell Hughes and Pierluigi Urbini.

Alicja is a winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition and is also a Bronze Medalist in Premio Dino Ciani International Piano Competition in La Scala Milan, where her performances were very highly praised by the jurors - Martha Argerich, Fou Ts'ong, Abbado and other Italian critics. Alicja is also a recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Fellowship.

Alicja has performed widely throughout the UK including several recitals in Wigmore Hall and other major venues in London. She has performed in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Man, to name a few. Other than the performances in the UK, Alicja has also performed concertos and solo recitals in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus, Spain, Finland, USA, Singapore and Malaysia.

She has had a busy career as a teacher too. Alicja has taught in the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester for 28 years and she remains a frequent member of the Piano Faculty during their annual International Piano Summer School. She gives masterclasses throughout the world and has been a jury member on several competitions in the UK and outside which includes the Chopin Competition in the USA .

Alicja has appeared on the BBC Radio and TV, and various European media. She has 4 highly acclaimed CDs on Divine Arts label.