Join us for Weekly Wednesday No.11 with pianist Phillip Kwoka.
Tickets: $15.00 Online / $20.00 At The Door
Duration: 60 min (No Intermission). Doors@7:00 pm.
SCHUBERT Impromptu in B-flat major
DEBUSSY Images, Book 1
LISZT Venezia e Napoli
CHOPIN Polonaise-fantasy, Op.61
Born in New York City of Polish ancestry, Phillip Kwoka began his music studies at the age of five. In 2000, Philip started studying piano with Roberta Rust and Phillip Evans at the Lynn University Preparatory of Music. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Daniel Shapiro and Paul Schenly. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize for outstanding musical development. Philip then went on to study Pavlina Dokovska at the Mannes College of Music and completed his Masters in Piano Performance in this past May. Philip has performed in masterclasses with studied with internationally acclaimed artists including Phillippe Entremont, Jerome Lowenthal, Jon Nakamatsu, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabri, and Till Fellner.
Philip's success began when he was chosen to perform on Christopher O’Reily’s National Public Radio program “From the Top”. Following that performance he made his solo debut performing with the Warminsko-Mazurskie Filharmonia in Poland. Two years later he performed with the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra and was invited to perform a second time with the Warminsko-Mazurskie Filharmonia. Philip has been a first prize-winner in many competitions including the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Bluthner Junior Piano competition. Other awards include second prize in the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, and laureate in the Blount-Slawson National Young Artist Competition. Philip has also been a recipient of two scholarships by the National Chopin Foundation’s Scholarship Fund for Young American Pianists. This year, he was awarded a grant from the Koszciusko Foundation for Graduate Studies.