Piotr Dec is a Bachelor of Music (Hons) scholar of the Royal College of Music in London (RCM), where he studies modern clarinet with Janet Hilton and Barnaby Robson, and classical clarinet with Prof. Colin Lawson CBE and Dr. Ingrid Pearson. His studies are generously supported by The Musicians’ Company. Piotr will be studying for a Master of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London later this year on a full scholarship.
In May last year, Piotr made his professional debut playing solo clarinet at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.
Together with soprano Jennifer Coleman, Piotr was in the final of National English Song Competition (2016 and 2017), and also performed at the London Summer Exhibition in Royal Academy of Arts. He recently premiered Dan Chappell’s After a Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery and also featured playing solo clarinet on a recording for Chinese Berita Global television.
In 2015 he performed the world premiere of Satie’s Furniture Music at the Southbank Centre and performed Sir Arthur Somervell’s Clarinet Quintet at the ‘Exploring the Archives’ concert at the RCM. In the same year he received a scholarship to work with artists from the Vienna International Music Academy and Berlin Philharmonic Academy. Together with soprano Helaine Liebman, Piotr gave a series of concerts at St. George’s Hanover Square commemorating the holocaust, composed by the American composer Lori Laitman.
Piotr was the winner of the National Polish Clarinet Competition in Wroclaw (2013), and was also awarded second prize at the International Woodwind Competition in Wroclaw (2013) and International Clarinet Festival in Szczecin (2013).
He has appeared playing solo in many well-known venues such as: Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, St. John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Hanover Square, Southbank Centre, St. James’s Piccadilly Church, Foundling Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Charlottenburg Palace, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Wroclaw Radio and Television Concert Hall, and many more.
He has participated in numerous masterclasses given by: Philippe Berrod, Julian Bliss, Patrick Messina, Shirley Brill and Wenzel Fuchs.
Piotr regularly plays in the Duo Dec& Lajdorf.