Biography

Milena Antoniewicz

Milena Antoniewicz (née Piszczorowicz) started playing piano in Henryk Melcer Primary and Secondary State Music School in Kalisz. She continued her education at the Poznan School of Talents as a student in the class of prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski.

In 2004 she graduated with distinction from the I. J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan in the piano class under prof. Jan Janski. At the same time under the direction of prof. Stephan Imorde she got a degree in solo piano in the Academy Music and Theatre in Rostock (Germany). Two years later she ended post-graduate studies chamber music and accompanying singers in the class of prof. Karola Theill.

She was improving her skills with the following professors: Andrzej Jasinski, Milosz Magin, Paul Badura-Skoda (Switzerland 1999), Lazar Berman (Holland 2001), Rudolf Buchbinder (Switzerland 2004, scholarship of the Foundation for International Master-Classes in Music, Zurich) as well as accompanist of the following singers: Peter Schreier (Germany 2004, 2006), Christa Ludwig (Austria 2005), Klaus Häger (Poland 2008), Helena Łazarska (Poland 2009), Karola Theill (Germany 2009).

Since 2000, she is regularly taking part in projects Forbidden Music: History, Music and Memory in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Israel to cultivate the memory of composers imprisoned in the death camps during the Second World War. The musical project is interested in the achievements of composers of Jewish descent, especially: Szymon Laks, Karel Reiner, Mieczysław Weinberg and present music to the audience.

In 2007, Milena initiated an artist project, which connected several kinds of art: the Multi Art Festival - a Festival of young art, which is now an established yearly event in Kalisz. The biggest project carried out by the Association was an International Concert for 10 pianos, realized in cooperation with the Philharmonics in Kalisz, the piano factory Schimmel and the Faculty for Arts and Pedagogics of the Adam-Mickiewicz-University in Kalisz during the anniversary of the city of Kalisz.

Milena is awardee of the following Associations and Organizations: Association for Science and Culture in Middle-Europe, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, Rotary Germany, Marshall of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship (2005, 2011), the Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) for the postgraduate studies (2004-2006).

She has been awarded the following awards and prizes: 1st prize for the project Dobranoc - Good Night Stories on the 1st International Interdisciplinary Competition in Rostock (Germany), 2nd prize in the 2nd International Contest Forbidden Music in Schwerin 2006, finalist of the 15th International Competition in Vrable (Slovakia, 2013); five times winner of the prize of the President of the City of Kalisz for achievements in arts, popularization of music and the promotion of the oldest city of Poland (2000-2009). She was nomineted for the Eurotalent prize 2003 of the National Polish Television as well as for the prize Everyday's Hero of the internet services Calisia.pl.

She received Silver Microphone from Radio Merkury (2012); the 15-Anniversary-Award of the Center of Jewish Culture of the Foundation Judaica for the promotion of the musical heritage of Mieczysław Weinberg as well as its presentation to the Polish public.

Mieczysław Weinberg - Works for violin and piano - album (RecArd) by Milena Antoniewicz and Ewelina Nowicka has been nominated to the FRYDERYK AWARDS 2014.

(The FRYDERYK AWARDS are presented by the Phonographic Academy which associates nearly a thousand Polish musicians, authors, composers, record producers, music journalists and the recording industry).

Milena is actually lecturer at the I.J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan and Henryk Melcer Primary and Secondary State Music School in Kalisz. She is regularly giving concerts in Poland and abroad.