Bartek Kokot - Poland (17)
Bartłomiej Kokot is 17 years old and was born in Łódź (Poland). He started playing the piano at the age of seven with Professor Alicja Migielska's at the Stanisław Wiechowicz Primary Music School. He is now a student at the Secondary Music School in Katowice (Poland) and his music teacher is Professor Beata Bilińska (University of Music and Performing in Mannheim-Germany).
Since 2010, he was also a member of the Pro Musica Bona Foundation in Cracow. His first significant success was winning the 20th Lesser Poland Review for Pupils Piano Class of Primary Music Schools in Krynica (May 2010).
In the same month, he won first prize at the 4th Meeting for Young Musicans in Chrzanów. In January 2011, he was awarded first prize at the Macroregional Hearing for Pupils Piano Classes of Primary Music Schools in Cracow. In 2010, he also the Grand Prix and first place at the 16th National Piano Competition of Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Żagań.
In November 2011, he won second place at the National Piano Competition. Two months later, he won first prize (in his age group) at the Goerlitz/Zgorzelec International Piano Competition.
In 2012, he won first place at the National Competition for Young Instrumentalist's in Rybnik and National Piano Competition in Konin. He was also awarded 3rd place at the International Piano Competition in Szafarnia and first prize at the 11th Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth organized by the Chopin Institute. In November 2012, he received first prize and the special award at National Piano Competitions, Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Ludwik Stefanski.
In 2015, he won 2nd place at the International Piano Competition in Szafarnia. He also was an invited participant at Fryderyk Chopin Festival in Konin (2015) and won 3rd prize. He won first prize at the International Piano Competition in Petrozavotsk – Russia (2016).
Bartłomiej received master classed from Prof. Krzysztof Jablonski organized by the European Centre for Music of Krzysztof Penderecki (2014). He performed in many concerts, including the 90th anniversary of the Senate of Poland in Warsaw (2012), completion of construction of the European Centre for Music of Krzysztof Penderecki (2012) and the Festival "Emanations" (2013) and the Festival of the Jan Kiepura in Krynica-Zdroj (2013). He also performed at the Pro Musica Bona Foundation the Cracow Philharmonic (2015) and was a soloist with the Silesian Chamber Orchestra Piano (2015 and 2017). He performed at the Polish Radio Studio, Chamber hall of the Polish National Radio and TV Orchestra (2017). He was invited to perform at the inaugural concert of the International Piano Competition in Petrozavodsk-Russia (May 2018).