Born in 1958, the eminent Polish pianist Waldemar Malicki graduated in 1981 with distinction from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, where he studied with the legendary Jerzy Sulikowski. He has performed in master-classes with Paul Badura-Skoda, Jörg Demus and Victor Merzhanov, was a prizewinner of the national Polish piano competitions in 1980 and 1982 in Warsaw and Slupsk, and was awarded First Prize at the Vienna Musikseminar in 1982. In great demand as a soloist for his remarkable virtuosity and musical intensity, he has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and Japan, and collaborated with distinguished Polish violinists and singers, including Teresa Zylis-Gara and Stefania Toczyska, in memorable performances of chamber music. Waldemar Malicki has recorded 35 CDs of solo and chamber works for Polskie Nagrania, Polton and Dux (Poland), Pavane (Belgium), Adda and Accord (France), Koch Records, Schwann and Wergo (Germany) as well as Pony Canyon (Japan). He has also recorded numerous piano concertos with the Polish Radio and Television Orchestras in Kraków and Katowice, and toured as soloist with a number of Polish orchestras. He has three times been awarded a Fryderyk, the Polish version of a Grammy. He is widely acclaimed for his outstanding master-classes in Scandinavia, North and South America and Japan, and is the author and solo performer of a popular Polish television series, programmes in which different musical phenomena are analyzed, often using improvisation as a means of illustration. He also performs recitals of piano improvisation in the virtuoso style of the nineteenth century, complete with light-hearted narration. The first President of the Paderewski Society, Waldemar Malicki is currently the Artistic Director of the Festival of Musical Humour in Southern Poland.