„..a real artist, who I look forward to hearing again”
New York Concert Review Inc.
Marcin Koziak was born in 1989 in Krakow, Poland, into a musical family. At the age of ten he won his first Poland-wide competition, as an eleven-year-old boy he made his debut with Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Despite his young age he performed in 23 countries in Europe, Asia and North America including Japan, China, USA, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Great Britain, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Romania, Croatia, Canary Islands, Georgia, Estonia and Hungary in many prestigious concert halls including Tokyo International Forum, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Art Center of Kobe (Kobe, Japan), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, USA), Peabody Auditorium (Daytona Beach, USA), Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News, USA), Detroit Music Hall, Mechanics Hall (Worcester, USA), The Palladium (Carmel, USA), C.Y. Stephens Auditorium (Ames, USA), Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa, USA), Lehman Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Auditorium di Milano, Cadogan Hall (London), Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, the new Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice, Salle Cortot (Paris), Great Hall in Conservatory in Geneva, Verdi Hall in Milan, National Opera in Warsaw, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus (Las Palmas), Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb and in the other concert halls all over the world.
He was honored to play under the batons of such outstanding conductors as Alexander Lazarev, Antoni Wit, George Tchitchinadze, Xieyang Chen, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Maximiano Valdes, Yip Wing-sie, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Massimiliano Caldi, Brian Wright, Marek Pijarowski, Boguslaw Dawidow, José Maria Florêncio, Maciej Tworek, Michal Dworzynski, Ernst van Tiel with many famous orchestras : Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus, Beethoven Academy Orchestra…
Marcin Koziak was invited and gave concerts at major festivals and concert cycles: La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, International Music Festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ (Warsaw), ‘La Folle Journée au Japon’ (Tokyo), ASEM Culture and Arts Festival (Beijing), Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz), ‘La Folle Journée au Varsovie’, International Festival ‘Kiev Summer Music Evenings’, International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj and at many more in Geneva, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Katowice…
In 2016 he went on tour across the United States of America where he performed 33 concerts with Polish Baltic Symphony Orchestra. He visited New York, Detroit, Las Vegas, Costa Mesa (CA), Fairfax (VA), Daytona Beach (FL) and many others playing Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky piano concertos.
Artist plays also chamber music recitals with Aleksandra Kuls, Bartosz Koziak, Magdalena Bojanowicz and Agata Szymczewska.
On 4th May 2011 he was privileged to give a recital in Warsaw for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and the First Lady of the Republic of Poland Anna Komorowska during the official visit of HM in Poland; two months later he took part in a grand concert in Baths of Caracalla in Rome organized for the occasion of the beginning of the Polish Presidency in the European Union. He was also invited to give a performance at the Opening Gala of the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw on 1st March 2010 (at the day of 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birthday).
His concerts were trasmitted by e.g. japanese radio Ottava, radio France Musique, Polish Radio and Polish Television. He has recorded two CD’s with music of Frédéric Chopin.
He is a laureate of many international piano competitions; the most significant are: 1st prize at the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Budapest (2006), 2nd prize and three additional prizes at the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz (Poland, 2007) and 3rd prize at the 10th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (United Kingdom, 2014). He is a semifinalist and a laureate of three extra-statutory prizes of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010) and semifinalist of the 14th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2014) and 16th Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (2014). In 2021, he became laureate of 3rd prize and four extra-statutory prizes at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszow performing in duo with Aleksandra Kuls. In 2022 he also received 2nd prize and prize for the best Polish ensemble playing with Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Laguniak on 21st Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Lodz.
Marcin Koziak studied with two great teachers : Professor Stefan Wojtas in Academy of Music in Krakow (Poland) and Professor Tamas Ungar in Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (USA). He took part in many masterclasses and received many precious musical advices from such famous artists and teachers as Yoheved Kaplinsky, Sergei Babayan, Jacques Rouvier, Andrzej Jasinski, Kaja Danczowska, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, Neal Larrabee and Daejin Kim.
Since 2016 he works as a teacher in Karlowicz School of Music in Krakow, Poland, his pupils are laureates of many national and international piano and chamber music competitions.
He lives in Bochnia, Poland with his wife Aleksandra and their three children : son Jan, daughter Marianna and son Dominik.