Update 11.07.2019 – Photos of the CONCERT: Joanna Sochacka (piano) and Ryan Howland (violin) present works by F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W. A. Mozart, A. Skriabin, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler

Photo: Johannes Paqué


Dear friends of music,

On July 6, 2019, following the event “International Kreutzer Music Competition” in cooperation with the Chinese music school Sunny International Music, the grand finale with the concert of Joanna Sochacka took place.
The Polish pianist presented pieces by W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, J. Brahms and A Skriabin, but first performing with the violinist Ryan Howland in a pre-concert in which they played works by W. A. Mozart, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler ,
Ryan Howland is no stranger to the music studio, as he is the son of the teaching Michelle Yen-Howland and so it will come as no surprise that he also has a great talent for music. Especially in the last three years, since he arrived from Canada in Germany, he has not only learned the German language. He is now also a student at the University of Music, Theater and Dance in Frankfurt and has again greatly improved his play. We all admired his performance together with Joanna Sochacka, who excelled even in her role as an accompanist. Both of them sparked a firework of emotions and we are looking forward to hearing from Ryan soon!

In the second part, the audience awaited the solo performance of the pianist. With passion and technical sophistication, the audience showed their gratitude to the player in a never-ending applause!
The concert opened with the Scherzo in C sharp minor op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin, which was composed between 1838 and 1839 and which is one of the most important piano works of the Romantic period. Right at the beginning, the octave passages convey an incredible drama, which also places very high technical demands on the performer. Sochacka mastered this fabulous! Also the middle part with the following choral theme was played with the deepest depth and devotion, so that this piece turned out to be a true listening pleasure!
The Fantasia in B minor, op. 28 by Alexander Skriabin was composed in 1900 and initially presents itself to the listener as not as catchy and understandable as the piece before. With its almost improvisatory character, it almost resembles a fast movement of a sonata. However, Sochacka mastered the monstrous technical effort that this piece demands of every performer with great skill and bravado.
The Sonata in C Major, KV 309 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has once again set the audience in the classical tone in terms of both sound and technique. Here, Sochacka worked out beautifully the characteristics of each movement. She played the first movement with much accuracy, playful wit and with a high sensitivity for dynamic differentiation. The second movement again turned out to be calm, expressive and very emotional, while the third movement was convincing through Sochacka’s sparkling keystroke.
At the end, the pianist played the Polonaise Fantasia in A flat major, op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin, bringing the evening to a grand finale! The chromatically rising chords, powerful octaves, trills with both hands and the staccato octaves were played technically as well as musically ravishing and brilliantly.

A wonderful evening with great music and a gorgeous pianist!


Dear friends of music,

At the end of the International Kreutzer Music Competition a special concert is planned, this time in the Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn.

The pianist Joanna Sochacka from Poland, who accompanies the competition on this day together with Gabriele Paqué, will perform works by W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, J. Brahms and A Skriabin on this evening. In addition, there will be an appearance on the program together with the violinist Ryan Howland. Both have also prepared pieces by W. A. Mozart, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler.

Joanna Sochacka is a laureate of many international competitions. On stage she was seen at Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), the Royal Albert Hall (London, UK) and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland.

Look forward to a very special evening in the heart of Bonn!

Saturday, 06. July 2019

6:30 pm

in the
Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn
Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn


Vorkonzert mit Ryan Howland (Geige):

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Violin sonata in B major, KV 454
Largo – Allegro

Edward Grieg (1843 – 1907)
Violin sonata No. 3 in c minor, op. 45
Allegretto esprissivo alla Romanza

Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sonata in C major, KV 309
– Allegro con spirito
Andante un poco adagio
– Rondo (allegretto grazioso)

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Scherzo in C sharp minor, op. 39

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major, op. 61

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Intermezzo in A major, op. 118 Nr. 2

Alexander Skriabin (1871 – 1915)
Fantasy in B minor, op. 28

Entry: 10,- €

Joanna Sochacka

Photo: Ewa Kubiak

Joanna Sochacka – at the moment she is studying at Haute École de Musique de Genève with Fabrizio Chiovetta, and she is completing her Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Music named of K.G. Bacewicz in Lodz with Hanna Holeksa. She finished studies at the Academy of Music in Cracow with Andrzej Pikul (diploma with distinction).
She has already been a very successful performing artist. So far she played in such countries as Israel, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Moldova, Estonia, Italy, Spain, England, Czech Republic and Germany. She played in many renowned concert halls in Poland and abroad, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Sala cu’Orga in Moldova, Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, Philharmonic Hall in Kielce, Philharmonic Hall in Cracow, Villa Atma in Zakopane, Frederic Chopin Museum at Tamka in Warsaw. She regularly takes part in many international piano festivals including International Piano Festival in Cracow, Festival ,, August of Talents” in Katowice, Festival ,,Summer Music” in Przemysl, Festival ,, Chopin Evenings” in Warsaw.
Joanna is a laureate of many international and national piano competitions, including the IV International Piano Competition ,,Ischia’’ in Naples, Italy (II prize), Golden Classical Music Awards in New York (II prize), International Chopin Piano Competition in Szafarnia (III prize), Grand Prize Virtuoso London (I prize), the Emma Altberg Competition in Lodz (I prize), the International Chopin Competition in Narva, Estonia (distinction and special prize), the International Moritz Moszkowski Piano Competition in Kielce (II prize), the International Juliusz Zarębski Competition in Warsaw (II prize), the Halina Czerny-Stefańska Chopin Piano Competiton in Cracow (I prize) and the International Piano Competition in Castellana Grotte, Italy (I prize), Academy Concerto Competition in Cracow (I prize and debut with Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra).
She has been awarded grants by many scholarship foundations, from 2008 to 2012 she was supported by the Polish National Fund for Talented Children. She received several ,,Sapere auso” prizes for talented musicians (2009, 2010, 2011, 2016), Dartington Trust Scholarship (2007, 2013), scholarship from Institute of Adam Mickiewicz (2010), Julian Cochran Foundation (2019), Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung (2019). She received scholarships for very prestigious masterclasses including Music Festival ,,Music Summer” in Dartington (2013), International Piano Masterclasses in Malaga(2015), and Tel Hai Piano Masterclasses in Israel (2017).
Furthermore she took part in many masterclasses and honed her skills under many outstanding teachers, including Dmitrij Bashkirov, Jura Margulis, Jean Marc Luisada, Dina Yoffe, Anna Malikova, Kevin Kenner Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Victor Derevianko, Daniel Blumenthal, Aquiles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Akiko Ebi, Paul Badura-Skoda, Victor Derevianko, Tamas Ungar, Joaquín Soriano, Ralf Nattkemper, Andrzej Jasinski, Piotr Paleczny, Stanisław Tichonow, Uta Wayand, Waldemar Wojtal, Vida Vujic, Martino Tirimo, Konstanze Eickhorst and Tamara Stefanovich, Carlos Cebro, Elza Kolodin, Lilja Zilberstein.

I am looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!

Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn
Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn (city center)

Public transport: Stop Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz / Beethovenhaus
Parking in the Friedensplatz parking garage or Marktgarage

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