Jan Olesz Pianist was born in 1999 and, as a child, was already winning awards at national
competitions in Poland. He received his initial musical education at the Feliks Nowowiejski
Primary and Secondary School of Music in Gdańsk under the direction of Elena Aleksiejuk
and graduated with distinction. After he commenced studies at the Academy of Music in
Kraków in the master class of Andrzej Pikul. He also represented the University during an
Erasmus exchange at Lubeck (Germany).
He has been awarded at many international piano competitions: Second Prize in the 1st
International Instrumental Online Performance Competition, Second Prize in the 10th Young
Musician International “Città di Massa”, Third Prize in the V ODIN International Music
Competition, Third Prize in the 2nd International Jan Hoffman Piano Competition in Kraków,
First Prize in the 27th Young Musician International Competition „Citta di Barletta”.
In 2018 he was Second Prize Laureate at the the 7th International Maurycy Moszkowski
Piano Competition “Per aspera ad astra” in Kielce. After this competition he has performed
with an orchestra in Filharmonia Świętokrzyska and at the Music Academy in Gdańsk.
He received a distinction at the “Bieszczady bez granic” festival in Sanok. Also he has
performed at many festivals in Poland: Gdańscy Pianiści Miastu or Duettissimo in Kraków.
Jan Olesz has performed recitals in countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain or Portugal.
He also participated in many other master courses taught by eminent pianists. The pianist
develops his skills at numerous solo master classes with professors such as Michel Beroff,
Ilya Maximov, Zbigniew Raubo, Bronisława Kawalla, Janusz Olejniczak, Waldemar
Andrzejewski, Wojciech, Świtała, Vadim Rudenko, Aquileses Delle Vigne.
He was awarded with scholarships from the Minister of National Education, as well as from
the President of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz.
Currently He studies at the Academy of music in Bydgoszcz in the saxophone class of
Włodzimierz Spodymek PhD and in the composition class of prof. dr hab. Zbigniew
Bargielski. He graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Secondary Music School in Gdańsk,
receiving an excellent grade in the diploma examination (both in theoretical and practical
parts). He has many achievements in various artistic fields. Apart from successes at
saxophone and chamber competitions, he got the title of laureate at the XLII Artistic
Olympics (music history section). His work was also awarded; 1st place ex aequo at the 2nd
interschool composition competition of the Foundation of Cultural Initiatives „Włochy” for
youth in Warsaw (2018) for the piece entitled “Puls” for solo alto saxophone and 1st prize for
the piece “Night walk in the forest” for piano at the 3rd Ignacy Jan Paderewski International
Composers’ Competition in Bydgoszcz (2018). Mikołaj’s passions beyond music are
mountain and bicycle expeditions.