Prof. Piotr Oczkowski
Piotr Oczkowski was born to a musical family in Krakow, Poland. At the age of six his family emigrated to Maracaibo, Venezuela. His debut at the age of 11 was with Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Piano in D-Major with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra.
At the age of 15, Oczkowski went to Bloomington, USA, to become a “special student” at the Indiana University, where he took piano lessons from the Chilean pianist and composer, Alfonso Montesino.
At the age of 17, he received a DAAD Bonn scholarship to come to Germany and receive further education at the Northwest German Academy for Music in Detmold under Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr. This is where he completed his piano studies in 1990.
He continued his training with a scholarship from the Venezuelan culture ministry CONAC; undertaking postgraduate studies at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in München with Russian pianist Vadim Suchanov. His musical career lead him to Professor Elgin Roth in Hamburg and Professor Dr Marco Antonio de Almeida, who advised him to take up studies in the subject of music pedagogy and performance practice at the Martin Luther University in Halle. He completed these studies with distinction in the autumn of 2000.
In 1995 he played in numerous concerts during the Polish Cultural Days in Bavaria. In 1999 he played in the opening concert of the festival From Chopin to Penderecki in the München Prince Regent Theatre. In May 2000, he completed the music tour Music in the Bank, organised by Schmidt-Bank, through Bavaria and Saxony.
He also played in concerts in the Meistersinger Hall in Nürnberg; in Jameos del Agua; on Lanzarote and in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In 2005 and 2006, he took part in the Festival de Música de Londrina in Brazil as pianist and lecturer. He also participated in 2007. He participated at the Festival “Semanas musicales de Frutillar” in Chule in 2010 and 2011 and the Festival “Musicalia” in La Habana, Cuba 2011. Oczkowski played as soloist with several orchestras in South and Nothamerica and Europe.
He has won the following competitions:
• 1983 – Indianapolis Concert Competition, Indiana, USA
• 1983 – Grand Rapids International Piano Competition, Michigan, USA
• 1989 – International Chopin Competition in Caracas, Venezuela
• 1991 – VIII Latin American Piano Competition Teresa Carreño Caracas, Venezuela
In addition to his piano career he has also been very productive in an educational capacity. In 1998 he was appointed lecturer at the Martin Luther University as well as at Halle in the subject of coaching and vocal accompaniment. Since November 2000 he has been lecturing in his main subject piano and song composition. In October 2006 he took over the chair as head of the Institute for Young Students (DJI) at the Detmold University of Music.
He is member of the PROmeTheus Quartet since 2015.