Pianist and composer, Dr. Konrad Binienda received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with HaeSun Paik. He also graduated from the Harvard/New England Conservatory Joint Degree Program majoring in Physics and Piano, where he studied with Wha-Kyung Byun. His other mentors include Sergei Babayan, Gerardo Teissonnière, Phillipe Giusiano, Wojciech Switala and Viktor Mierzhanov.
Dr. Binienda is the winner of numerous competitions including the 2017 International Chopin Competition (Corpus Christi, TX), the Mozart Society Orchestra's Concerto Competition at Harvard University, the Grand Prize at the Messiah College Concerto Competition and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Dr. Binienda is also a winner and laureate of the 2011 Hastings Prize for Musical Performance at Harvard University, the Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and the Peabody Mason International Piano Competition in Boston.
Dr. Binienda specializes in the music of Fryderyk Chopin. In 2019, his orchestration of Chopin’s Allegro de Concert Op. 46 was premiered and recorded in Lodz, Poland with the Royal Philharmonic of London under the baton of Maestro Grzegorz Nowak. His debut album "Peaks of Piano" featuring all-Chopin repertoire was released in 2018 and his latest album "Works by Chopin and Binienda" was released in Winter of 2021-2022. His next album which features his originally composed spiritual songs for soprano and piano will be available in 2022. Dr. Binienda regularly performs around the world including China, Poland, Switzerland, and the USA. His recent highlights include his performance of Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major Op. 44 with the members of the Valley Symphony Orchestra in the "Springtime Schumann" concert series, as well as his debut piano solo recital in Carnegie Hall.
Dr. Binienda is an accomplished composer as well. Most recently, he premiered his Piano Concerto in E Minor with the Irving Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Hector Guzman. His Mazurka for piano, bass, violin, and guitar won the second and audience prize in the 2015 Carl E. Baldassarre Composer-Performer Competition.
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