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Jozef Kapustka

  • Pianist


Jozef Kapustka was born in Poland in 1969 and began his musical studies at the age of 3. Meeting Sviatoslav Richter shortly thereafter has set his vocation ever since. Upon graduating from the New York Juilliard School in 1992 where he studied piano with Jerome Lowenthal, chamber music with Joseph Fuchs, music history, literature and materials with Michael White, Joel Sachs and John Mueller, keyboard studies and improvisation with Baruch Arnon, he completed Postgraduate Advanced Studies specialising in piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London (piano with Martin Roscoe, musicology with Amanda Glauert), having worked subsequently with Dmitri Baskirov in Madrid and Vera Gornostaeva in Moscow.

Kapustka appeared many times in New York Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Juilliard-IBM Concert series, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall “magical, amazing experience” as seen in The New York Times), Abravanel Hall (now Hahn Hall) in Santa Barbara, California (Music Academy of the West Summer Festival), Salle Cortot and Theatre Le Ranelagh in Paris, United Nations on invitation from the Russian Federation permanent mission, and has been featured on Voice of America International and New York classical radio WQXR live radio broadcasts (“one of the most interesting radio programmings on the air”, New York Village Voice). Furthermore he has been featured on Europe1 and France’s Musique Classique radio. He performed in almost every European country including the Russian Federation, United States, South America and the near East.

A highly respected American critic and writer David Dubal has once called Kapustka a “great pianist who loves his art”, leading American authority on Liszt playing Jerome Lowenthal “an excellent and very interesting artist”, Josef Raieff (last pupil of Alexander Siloti who on his turn was Liszt’s student) “a man with million dollar hands”, pianists György Sandor and Oxana Yablonskaya respectively “true musical talent of an extraordinary potential” and “a very exciting and fully committed individual”. Valentine Smith of The Stratford Herald has hailed his “masterful rendering [of the Liszt piano concerto No. 2 with the Leamington Sinfonia conducted by Jenny Barrie]” and his all-Chopin recital for the 2010 Chopin Year celebrations in France was a “cultural event of the year: a man, his piano and the magic begins” (Ouest-France).

In 2010 Jozef Kapustka has released critically acclaimed “P.I. Tchaikovski: Romances” with soprano Irina Tiviane for Scythe Studio, Kiev (producer: Volodymyr Shpinov; …exquisite piano playing, a voice of infinite refinement, timelessly beautiful… as recommended by Chronique Musicale, France) and “Jozef Kapustka and the Orquestra de Cordas da Grota conducted by Ubiratan Rodrigues play Bach live in Rio de Janeiro” ( producer: Martin Voll, Otherwise Records, London). In 2012 in collaboration with tonbak and santur virtuosos Pedrâm Khâvarzamini and Bashir Faramarzi he has recorded for Dux Recording Producers, Poland, his own Oriental-style improvisations (artistic direction: Sanaz Khosravi).

As Roger Thomas has described it in the International Record Review, Kapustka’s “extensive solo piano workout is a fine example [of contemporary interest in the Eastern musical tradition], its slowly developing, restrained extemporizations building sonic structures that seem to shimmer like desert mirages”. Luc Nevers of the Pianistereview (France) called Kapustka’s improvisations “hypnotizing”, pointing out to an interesting discovery on the contemporary classical music scene. During series of recitals in London in the summer 2015 Jozef Kapustka will be promoting a new set of his “Improvisations”, while simultaneously working on a Yiddish revival project with singer-actress Barbara Suie.


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