Biography

Since his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2007, Polish-American pianist Konrad Binienda has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Asia, winning acclaim for his highly individual and probingly musical performances.  According to the music critic F. Daykin, Binienda speaks the languate of Chopin's music without any foreign accent. Hailed  for the ideal combination of musical sensitivity and technical ability, in 2018 he appeared in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. 


Pianist and composer, Dr. Konrad Binienda is a graduate of the DMA program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with renown pianist Haeson Paik. He  received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance as a graduate of Harvard/NEC Joint Degree Program, studying under the direction of Prof. Wha-Kyung Byun. He is the receipient of the J. and R. Cartwright Endowed Scholarship in Piano from the New England Conservatory. He has also studied with Sergei Babayan and Gerardo Teissonnière at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and with Phillipe Giusiano, Wojciech Switala and Viktor Mierzhanov in Europe. 


Recipient of the 2011 Hastings Prize for Musical Performance at Harvard University, Dr. Biniena is the winner of the First Prize of the 2017 International Chopin Competition hosted by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas and  a laureate of the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York . Dr. Binienda is also the winner of  Grand Prize at the  Rising Stars Concerto Competition sponsored by the Messiah College and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra,  Peabody Mason International Piano Competition, Mozart Society Orchestra's Concerto Competition at Harvard University, and a laureate of the PianoArts National Piano Concerto and Solo Competition.


Dr. Binienda is also an accomplished composer.  In October 2019, he peformed Allegro de Concert op. 46 by Frederic Chopin with his own orchestration of this piece with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018, he released a professional recording "Peaks of Piano," and published his own piano compositions "Solo Piano - Short Virtuoso Compositions." In May 2011, he performed his own piano concerto in E minor with the Pforzheimer House Orchestra at Harvard University. In December of 2006, he performed the first movement of this Piano Concerto with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.  His arrangement of Simple Gifts for piano trio was chosen as a finalist for the National Association of Music Educators’ Showcase. His composition "Mazurka" for piano, bass, violin, and guitar, won the second prize of the second Carl E. Baldassarre composer-performer competition as well as the audience award. 

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