who am I?
I come from ‘nowhere’ – my village has literally twenty houses altogether, so I had to move away from home at the age of twelve to study music in a larger city.
I remember one particular evening. Being a kid, I did not think much about the entry exams I just took to various music schools. I did not practice much to prepare. I did not think of piano playing as a study, it was fun.
The night before the audition results were announced, my parents came to me and said that if I do not get into one of those schools, that would mean that it is best to move on from the piano, think of a different career, and sell my piano.
I was shocked.
I understood their concerns and their plans for my future. Making money as a musician is a tough ask at best. But the thought of being unable to play the piano anymore, that the instrument will be gone from my home, put me in a state of desperation. I was crying. It was difficult to comprehend, but I started realising that piano and music meant a lot to me. I was twelve at the time.
My primary school teachers were surprised that at an early age, I was so set on becoming a pianist. To me, this was not a matter of choice. I felt that this was what I was meant to do.
Fast forward to now. I have finished my musical degrees at excellent univerisities, ended up going for doctorate in performance.
When I look back, I see a humble story of passion (sometimes a blind one too!), massive challenges and constant strive to be a better musician and pianist. Many tears of joy but also many moments of feeling of no way out, being depressed when seemingly no improvement to my playing was made, despite of thousands of hours at the piano. Life got in the way sometimes too.
I am here to share my journey with you. Some of it will be personal, some purely theoretical and most practical in nature. Send me a message if you would like to get in touch.
Dr wojciech w. wisniewski
After graduating from the prestigious F. Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw, Poland), Wojciech received a Doctor of Musical Arts (Performance) degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.