Polish American pianist Philip Kwoka began his music studies with Svetlana Gorokhovich at the Music Institute of Long-Island (Manhasset, New York). In 2000, Philip started studying piano with Roberta Rust and Phillip Evans at the Lynn University Preparatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying solo-performance with Daniel Shapiro and Paul Schenly, and chamber music with Peter Salaff, Anita Pontremoli and the Cavani Quartet. Upon graduating from CIM, he was awarded the 2015 Sadie Zellen Piano Prize for outstanding musical development. Philip then went on to study with Pavlina Dokovska at the Mannes School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Philip has studied in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed artists including Phillippe Entremont, Jerome Lowenthal, Ann Schein, Orion Weiss, Yoshikazu Nagai, John O’Connor, Jon Nakamatsu, Pavel Nercessian, and Till Fellner. Philip is currently studying with Konstantin Soukhovetski and Paul Schenly.
Philip’s success began when he was chosen to perform on Christopher O’Reily’s National Public Radio program “From the Top”. Following that performance he made his solo debut performing with the Warminsko-Mazurskie Filharmonia in Poland. Two years later he performed with the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra and was invited to perform a second time with the Warminsko-Mazurskie Filharmonia. Philip has been a first prize-winner in many competitions including the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Bluthner Junior Piano competition. Other awards include second prize in the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, honorable mention at the 2019 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, and laureate in the Blount-Slawson National Young Artist Competition. Philip has also been a recipient of grants and scholarships from the National Chopin Foundation’s Scholarship Fund for Young American Pianists and the Koszciusko Foundation’s Fund for Graduate Studies.
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