Marek Bracha

was born in Warsaw, Poland and began playing the piano at the age of 7. Marek attended the prestigious Z. Brzewski Music High School for talented students, studying with Teresa Manasterska. He completed Masters degree at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsawunder the tutelage of Teresa Manasterska, Alicja Paleta-Bugaj and Joanna Ławrynowicz. He is also a graduate with distinction of Masters of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London where he studiedwith Kevin Kenner. He continued his studies at RCM with Vanessa Latarche on piano and Geoffrey Govier on fortepiano on Artist Diploma course.

As a versatile musician Marek lives a very active artistic life. In the concert season 2011/2012 he performed with Polish and Venezuelan orchestras works such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Chopin’s Concerto no. 2.

He also took part in many international music festivals such as:

La Folle Journée - Chopin Open in Warsaw, II J. Waldorff Summer Festiwal in Radziejowice, Poland, 65. International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland, 44. Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, Poland. In 2000, Marek was invited to perform a series of recitals in Hannover, Germany in the Polish Pavilion at the World EXPO exhibition. In 2005 he represented Poland again during another edition of the World EXPO in Aichi, Japan where he gave solo performances.

In December 2010 Marek Bracha performed in National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China on a gala concert  - official closing celebrations of the Chopin’s Year 2010.

In May 2011 he opened a series of piano recitals in Żelazowa Wola. F. Chopin’s birthplace. He also gave a special concert in Chopin’s Museum in Warsaw for the King and Queen of Sweden.

Marek Bracha received a scholarship from the Polish Children's Fund (2004 and 2005). He is also a recipient of Polish Government scholarships from the Ministry of Art and Culture (in 1997 and 2005) as well as the Prime Minister’s scholarship (2003). In 2009 he was awarded a grant by the St Marylebone Educational Foundation in London. In 2010 he received an Award founded by PRO POLONIA FOUNDATION as well as he became a scholar of “O lepsze Jutro” Foundation in Poland. In January 2011 he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Poland as a part of “Youth Poland” programme.

Marek has won some prestigious piano competitions including: Second Prize (First was not awarded) at International Chopin Competition in Marianske Lazne (2010), Czech Republic, Second Prize and special prize of “Chopin Szymanowski” Foundation at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Szafarnia (2003). Marek was one of four pianists who represented Poland in second round of International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in October 2010. This was followed by his debut recording with Chopin’s works that took place in Autumn in 2012. The CD was issued by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Poland.

Marek has given solo recitals throughout Europe including performances in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Libya and Albania. He also appeared on stages in USA, China, Mongolia and Japan.

In September 2011, thanks to the scholarship awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London, he became a Junior Fellow in Royal College of Music.

Marek Bracha is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.