Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 3:00PM
General Admission: $20
Steinway Society Members: $15
Admission payable at the door
Kypros Markou is Professor and Director of the University Orchestra at Wayne State University. Additionally, he served as Music Director of the Dearborn Symphony, MI, Westmoreland Symphony in Pennsylvania, Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Florida, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony in Ohio, and Artistic Director of the Somerset Summer Festival in Pennsylvania. Previously he was conductor at the University of Pittsburgh and conductor at Carnegie Mellon University and Associate conductor at New England Conservatory, under Gunther Schuller.
Markou began his musical career as a violinist in the New BBC orchestra in Bristol, UK, and played with the BBC Welsh Orchestra, and at the London Opera Center. He was also a member of the Resident String Quartet of the Canton Symphony, OH. He has performed as soloist and in chamber recitals throughout the US as well as in the UK and his native Cyprus. Several of his concerts, CDs and videos have been featured on Radio and Television throughout the world. Markou’s CDs are distributed internationally by NAXOS, Fleur de Son, Dutton Epoch, Equilibrium. As a guest conductor he has collaborated with Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Romanian National Radio Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepsion, Chile, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Germany, Cyprus State Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, NY, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony and many others. In 1989 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania and in 2011 received the Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award. Last May he was awarded the Key to the City of Dearborn by Mayor John B. O’Reilly
After his concerto debut at the age of fourteen, Kazimierz Brzozowski frequently performed as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra and he gave a series of concerts in Hungary. As a student in Warsaw, he often appeared in recitals at the Academy of Music, Chopin Society, Warsaw Musical Society, National Philharmonic Hall, and at Zelazowa Wola – Chopin’s birthplace. He has made recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, recorded compact discs with music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Szymanowski, Liszt and Bartok. His recordings are also included in popular CD sets “Living with the Classics”.
Mr. Brzozowski’s performance highlights include a New York Carnegie Hall debut, performances in Warsaw with the Polish National Radio Orchestra, recorded live for the Public Radio and TV, concerts at the Mozart Festival and the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, recitals for the Chopin Foundation in Florida, and concerts in Japan.
Kazimierz Brzozowski currently resides in Michigan, where he has frequently performed in recitals, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He performs in his native Poland as well, in recitals and as a soloist with Philharmonic orchestras.
He is a graduate of the Warsaw Chopin Academy of Music (M.M.) and University of Michigan (DMA). He has received awards from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, Ann Arbor Musical Society in Michigan, University of Michigan and Kosciuszko Foundation in New York. He is a prize winner at the Polish National Piano Festival and Chopin Society Competition in Warsaw. Mr. Brzozowski is a Steinway artist. In July 2016 at the 20th International Piano Festival in Na??czów he was decorated with the Medal of Merit for the Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in recognition of his artistic and pedagogical achievements. At the same time he received Appreciation Awards from the Mayor of the City of Na??czów and from the Lublin Voivodeship Marshal for his cultural contribution to the city and the region.
Dr. Brzozowski is the founder and director of the International Music Festival, held annually in Naleczow, Poland. This event, now in its twentieth year, attracts international high school and college students for intensive study and performances, both solo and with a chamber orchestra. Faculty and guest artists come from Poland, United States, Russia, and Japan.