B i o g r a p h y
The pianist Peter Pažický studied at the Conservatory in Žilina with Darina Švárna and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in the class of prof. Marian Lapšanský, with whom he also completed his doctoral studies. He attended performance classes with Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Eugene Indjic and Lazar Berman. A two-time winner of the Competition for Slovak Conservatory Students, he also won the Smetana Competition in Hradec Kralove (CZ), and was a three-time winner of the Chopin Competition in Marianske Lazne (CZ). At the Ministry of Education Interpretation Competition in Banská Bystrica, he won the prize for best interpretation of the sonatas of W. A. Mozart. And at the Second International J. N. Hummel Competition, he won the Slovak Music Fund prize for the best Slovak participant. In partnership with the pianist Aleš Solárik, he won major awards for piano duo at several Slovak and international competitions: first prize in the Competition for Slovak Conservatory Students and in the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duet in Jeseník; first prize at the International Competition "City of Marsala" in Italy; and first prize at the international competition focused on 20th century music, the Valentino Bucchi Prize in Rome. The Slovak piano duet was subsequently introduced to many Slovak and European concert halls – in Austria, Germany, Italy, Russia and Denmark, – as well as domestic and foreign festivals. They made a recording, with the Danish percussion duo Safri, for the British company Chandos. And they have premiered several works by Slovak composers.
Mr. Pažický has performed with the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Austrian Youth Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, the Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra in Bratislava and the State Philharmonic in Košice. He has given recitals at home and abroad, and recorded for Slovak Radio, Unison Records and the Slovak Music Fund.
Chopin takes a significant place in Mr. Pažický's repertoire. On the occasion of the Chopin Jubilee, he performed the complete Chopin waltzes at the International Festival "Chopin Spring," and in the fall of 2010 he presented recitals at the EXPO in Shanghai.
And he performs often as a chamber musician and as a sought-after accompanist, especially with singers. In addition to his concert activities, he teaches at the Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Recently, he prepared several important works of
Slovak composers for the Albrechtina Concerts, an association for the promotion of significant known and unknown works of Slovak composers.