Joanna Wicherek is an accomplished classical pianist. Her extensive repertoire has an emphasis on contemporary music.
She also has a profound understanding of Historically Informed Performance and specialist knowledge of historical keyboard instruments, having studied an MA under Robert Hill at the University of Music, Freiburg.
Wicherek professionally collaborates with Poland’s two most important composers: Paweł Mykietyn and Paweł Szymański.
She recorded Szymański’s music on the soundtrack to the filmViolated Letters (2010), by the famous and respected director Maciej Drygas, about the censorship of correspondence under communism.
Wicherek organised a concert to mark the 40th birthday of Mykietyn, who enjoyed an humorous encore, arranged and composed by Wicherek. This piece referenced and stole from a cross section of Mykietyn’s own compositions and from Polish popular culture.
Arrangements she has produced include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 G Major for flute, violin, cello and piano (inspired by J.N. Hummel’s concerto arrangements).
In cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Italy, Wicherek was invited to Malta to play the Concert of Polish Masters of Contemporary Music, to celebrate the Polish Presidency of the Council of Europe, and mark Polish Independence Day.
This event was followed by invitations to play two concerts in Rome: one concert celebrating the life and work of great Polish writer Ryszard Kapuściński; the second dedicated to the music of Paweł Mykietyn.
In 2005, at the age of 17, Wicherek was awarded a Distinction at the 6th Competition of the 20th and 21st Centuries for Young Performers, Warsaw. This achievement led to a performance at Warsaw’s prestigious Lutosławski Studio. Having competed in 2006 at the 10th International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music, Krakow, the following year Wicherek was honoured to be invited back to play the guest recital.
In 2007, Wicherek performed Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35 with the Polish Camerata. In 2009 she competed once more at the Competition of the 20th and 21st Centuries for Young Performers, this time achieving the highest honour of Grand Prix. Shortly after, she performed the Polish premiere of George Crumb’s Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik.
Joanna Wicherek started her musical education in Sieradz, Poland.
From 2007 to 2012 she studied at Poland’s premiere music university The Frederic Chopin University of Music, receiving piano tuition from Jerzy Romaniuk and Ramiro Sanjines, and chamber music classes from Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska.
In 2009 as part of the Socrates – Erasmus exchange programme she studied with Noel Flores at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In 2011 she started her Master degree Historical Keyboard Instruments with Robert Hill at the University of Music, Freiburg.
She has taken master classes in piano, fortepiano, harpsichord and organ led by Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Aleksey Orlovetsky, Olga Rusina, Szabolcs Esztényi, Rebecca Maurer, Lilianna Stawarz, Katarzyna Drogosz, Roberta Levina, Christoph Bossert, Marcin Szelest, Bart van Oort und Alexei Lubimov.
She has performed solo and chamber repertoire throughout Poland, including concerts at the Warsaw Philharmonic, and concert halls in Lodz, Wroclaw, Bialystok, Kielce, and the Lutoslawski Studio in Warsaw.
Internationally she has played in Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta and Ukraine (XVII International Contemporary Music Festival Contrasts).
Wicherek has performed with artists Andrzej Bauer, Mariusz Pędziałek, Tomasz Światczyński, Marek Dumicz, Maciej Grzybowski, Michał Sławecki, Maciej Piszek, Karol Marianowski, Agata Igras-Sawicka and others.
In 2003 she recorded a CD with the early music ensemble Proavitus, contributing harpsichord and singing parts
Joanna is in the team of the Young Artists of the Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Bodio – Varese, Italy
Joanna personal page: http://joannawicherek.weebly.com/