Born in Wrocław, Janusz Olejniczak studied with Luiza Walewska, Ryszard Bakst, Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Witold Malcużyński and other eminent musicians. In 1970 he was the youngest prizewinner at the 8th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, for which he subsequently became a member of the jury. He also won the Alfredo Casella International Piano Competition in Naples.
He appears at leading concert halls all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie Berlin, Teatro Colón, Salle Pleyel, Suntory Hall and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. His repertoire focuses on the works of Chopin, Bach, Schubert, Schumann and Liszt, but his performances of 20th-century pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Prokofi ev, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Górecki, Kilar and Lutosławski, among others, have also been highly acclaimed.
Janusz Olejniczak has recorded two best-selling film soundtracks: The Pianist by Roman Polanski and Andrzej Żuławski’s La Note bleue, also taking the role of Chopin in the latter. He currently teaches piano at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
|CHOPIN, F.: Piano and Orchestra Works, Vol. 1 - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Olejniczak, Sinfonia Varsovia, Nowak)
|Piano Music - CHOPIN, F. / SCHUMANN, R. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KURPIŃSKI, K.K. (2nd Chopin Festival Hamburg 2019) (Koch, Tysman, Olejniczak, Ritter)