Piotr Dec is currently studying clarinet with Mark van de Viel and Angela Malsbury as a scholar of Master of Music program at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London. He is also a recipient of the R.C. Wyse Bequest Award. This year Piotr has completed Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the Royal College of Music in London (RCM), where he studied modern clarinet with Janet Hilton and Barnaby Robson, as well as classical clarinet with Prof. Colin Lawson CBE and Dr. Ingrid Pearson, generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
In May this year, Piotr made his professional debut playing solo in the Royal Albert Hall. Piotr is also a laureate of the Solo Woodwind Competition (2017), held at the RCM, where he won the main Clarinet Prize.
Most recently Piotr recorded works of Errollyn Wallen for the BBC Radio 3 and he has appeared playing solo at the London Contemporary Music Festival performing works by Amy Bryce. Together with stunning soprano Jennifer Coleman, he was in the final of National English Song Competition (2017), and also performed at the famous 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 on a recording for Chinese Berita Global television (BGT).
In 2015, collaborating with Dr. Caroline Potter from Kingston University, he made 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 a laureate of 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, Hull City Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Charlottenburg Palace, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Wroclaw Radio and Television Concert Hall, and many more.
He has participated numerous masterclasses given by: Philippe Berrod, Julian Bliss, Patrick Messina, Shirley Brill and Wenzel Fuchs. He began his musical training in Wroclaw, Poland, with Mieczyslaw Stachura, professor of Karol Lipinski’s Academy of Music in Wroclaw, gaining a diploma with the highest distinction.
Piotr regularly plays with Meridian Collective, Arch Sinfonia, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and In-Tune Orchestra.
Musicians’ Company Prize: RCM Lambert Scholarship 2013
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