Marcin Parys, MA
Hailed as a dynamic musician, with a sensitive touch, Marcin Parys has had the distinct pleasure of performing across Europe, Israel, and the United States. His unique ability to bring Chopin's music to life has been met with great praise and recognition in many competitions.
Born in Kraków (Poland) in 1984, Marcin acquired an interest in playing the piano at an early age. In his youth Marcin studied under the tutelage of Jerzy Stępień and Jarosław Iwaneczko. Later he studied with Waldemar Andrzejewski at the Academy of Music in Poznań, where he received his Bachelor's degree. Marcin has also received his master's degree from Oklahoma City University where he studied with Amy I-Lin Cheng and Sergio Monteiro. Currently he is pursuing his Doctoral degree studying with Adam Wodnicki at the University of North Texas where he has received a full scholarship and a Teaching position as a Teaching Fellow.
Since his first performance at the age of 9 he has taken part in over 30 competitions worldwide. The most significant of these competitions include the 2015 IBLA GRAND PRIZE Competition in Ragusa-Ibla, Sicily, Italy, 2013 Isabel Scionti Piano Performance Scholarship in Denton, TX, 2012 20th International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, TX, the 2010 Piano Division at The Naftzger Instrumentalists Competition, 2009 Israel Exchange Young Pianists Competition, 2003 11th Music Festival in Jasło (Poland), in all of which he received first prize. In his youth Marcin earned acclaim as a soloist in the 2000 National Piano Competition for High School Pianists in Kraków (Poland), 1996 2nd prize winner in the International Piano Competition in Koszyce (Slovakia), and in 1994 2nd prize winner of The Polish National Piano Competition "Janina Garścia" in Stalowa Wola.
In recent years Marcin has gained valuable insight from attending master classes and festivals held by many acclaimed professionals. These master classes and festivals have included Stephen Hough, Tamas Ungar, Jin Zhang, Joseph Kalichstein, John Owings, Jose Feghali, Sylvia Wang, Martin Hughes, Sergey Saragyjan, Maurizio Barboro, Wiera Nosina, Anthony di Bonaventura, Rebecca Penneys, and Christopher Harding. Through his pursuits he has become a well-rounded musician with great prospect for the future.