B i o g r a p h y
Hailed as a dynamic musician, with a sensitive touch, Dr. Marcin Parys had the distinct pleasure of performing across Europe, Israel, and the United States on the big stages such as Felicia Blumenthal Center and Carnegie Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago. He is a world-class Pianist, Collaborative Artist, and Teacher. His unique ability to bring Chopin’s music to life has been met with great praise and recognition in many competitions and concerts. Since 2017 he holds the position of an Adjunct Professor at the Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX.
Born in Kraków (Poland) in 1984, Parys acquired an interest in playing the piano at an early age. In his youth, Parys studied under the tutelage of great teachers who shaped his musical individuality throughout his musical journey such as: Jerzy Stępień, Jarosław Iwaneczko, Waldemar Andrzejewski, Amy I-Lin Cheng, Sergio Monteiro, and Adam Wodnicki.
Marcin Parys completed his B.A. at the Academy of Music in Poznań, Poland, his M.A. at the Oklahoma City University, and his DMA at the University of North Texas where he was a recipient of a full scholarship and a teaching position as a Teaching Fellow.
Since his first performance at the age of 9 he has taken part in over 30 competitions worldwide. The most significant of these competitions include the 2015 IBLA GRAND PRIZE Competition in Ragusa-Ibla, Sicily, Italy, 2013 Isabel Scionti Piano Performance Scholarship in Denton, TX, 2012 20th International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, TX, the 2010 Piano Division at The Naftzger Instrumentalists Competition, 2009 Israel Exchange Young Pianists Competition, 2003 11th Music Festival in Jasło (Poland), in all of which he received first prize. In his youth Marcin earned acclaim as a soloist in the 2000 National Piano Competition for High School Pianists in Kraków (Poland), 1996 2nd prize winner in the International Piano Competition in Koszyce (Slovakia), and in 1994 2nd prize winner of The Polish National Piano Competition "Janina Garścia" in Stalowa Wola.
Throughout his music career Parys has attended master classes and festivals held by many acclaimed professionals. These master classes and festivals have included Jerome Lowenthal, Christopher Harding, Rebecca Penneys, Stephen Hough, Tamas Ungar, Jin Zhang, Joseph Kalichstein, John Owings, Jose Feghali, Sylvia Wang, Martin Hughes, Sergey Saragyjan, Maurizio Barboro, Wiera Nosina, and Anthony di Bonaventura.