Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music?
When I was four years old, I was impressed by a TV concert. My grandfather gave me an accordion. Teachers told my parents that I needed to start from the piano. Since then, the piano has been my companion.
Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?
My piano teacher, professor Gajusz Kęska from the Academy of Music in Cracow, had and still has the greatest influence on my career.
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
My greatest challenge in my career is taking part in piano competitions. It is a chance to test myself and compare with other pianists on a world level.
Which performances/recordings are you most proud of?
I am proud of all performances which make the audience happy. But probably I am most proud of my performance during theWorld Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia
Which particular works do you think you play best?
I play Chopin’s music best, as this Polish composer is very close to me.
How do you make your repertoire choices from season to season?
I choose repertoire together with my piano professor. Every season I play a new work by Bach, a sonata, etude and a free choice piece. Currently my repertoire includes Beethoven third Piano Concerto in C minor.
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?
Every venue with Steinway & Sons is my favourite.
What is your most memorable concert experience?
The most memorable concert experience is recital for people with mental disorders. My playing made them happy and transferred to the world of music.
As a musician, what is your definition of success?
Success is love for what you are doing and hard work everyday.
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
Play with happiness and treat the instrument as a close friend with which you want to spend every moment.
Jakub Niewiadomski was born in 2002. He started playing piano at the age of 4. He currently attends to the State General Music School named Fryderyk Chopin in Cracow, his teacher is Gajusz Kęska (Professor of Academy of Music in Cracow). His debut CD is currently in preparation.