is an exceptionally talented young pianist and chamber musician, born on 22 February 1986 in Warsaw. He began his study of the piano in the class of Professor Elżbieta Tarnawska at the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Warsaw. He then continued his studies with Professor Maria Palmowska-Guz. In 2010 he graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Warsaw in the class of Professor Maria Palmowska-Guz and from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Professor Edward Wolanin. Krzysztof Stanienda is studying with renowned pianists and teachers, including Dang Thai Son, Wiera Nosina, Martin Hughes, Ewa Pobłocka, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Piotr Paleczny, Andrzej Jasiński, Dina Yoffe, Gottlieb Wallisch, Zbigniew Raubo, Stefan Kutrzeba. He is also working with celebrated chamber musicians including Krystyna Makowska-Ławrynowicz, Lee Kum-Sing, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Márta Gulyás, Hatto Beyerle, Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska i Jerzy Marchwiński.
He has received many prizes and honourable mentions at national and international piano competitions. In 2007 received the Special Prize for best performance of a work by a Polish composer at the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łodź. Two years later he was the finalist of International Chamber Music Competition Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Switzerland. Stanienda is a co-founder of the “Chopin Piano Quintet”, with which he has recorded polish quintets for the “Musica Sacra” label. The album was nominated in the Album of the Year category of the 2008 Fryderyk awards. In 2009 he recorded chamber music with Kama Grott and Artur Kasperek for the Universal Music Poland. In 2014 received prize at the International Stasys Vainiunas Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius.
Krzysztof Stanienda has performed on the stages of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic etc. He has also played at festivals in Wrocław (the “Evenings at the Arsenal” festival), the “Talent Week” Nationwide Festival in Kąśna Dolna (2006), the music festival in Łańcut, inauguration of the Chamber Music Festival in Otwock, the “In Chopin’s Country” festival in Stare Babice, inauguration of the Halina Czerny-Stefańska Music Competition in Żagań, inauguration of the European Music Workshops in Kołobrzeg and many others, and abroad: Kyoto International Music Student Festival in Japan, International Summer Academy Prag-Wien-Budapest, Holland Music Sessions, Sweden, Spain, Russia and Switzerland.
He has performed with the “Chopin Academia Orchestra”, the “Wratislavia” Orchestra, the Austrian Chamber Orchestra “Spirit of Europe”, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic and in ensembles with fine musicians including Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak, Leszek Brodowski, Bartosz Bryła, Stefan Kamasa, Piotr Reichert, Jan Stanienda, Maria Stanienda, Kama Grott, Andrea Azzi, Artur Kasperek, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Agata Szymczewska, Maria Machowska, Marcin Zdunik, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Marta Kowalczyk.
photo: Anita Wąsik-Płocińska