Cliburn competitor comes to Acton

Young Polish pianist, Marcin Koziak, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Acton United Methodist Church, 3433 Fall Creek Highway.

A student of TCU piano professor, Dr. Tamas Ungar, Koziak is already a winner of many international piano competitions. At age 10 he won his first Poland-wide competition and at age 11 he made his debut with the Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

He has given many concerts at international festivals in Europe, Japan and China. Koziak has performed with orchestras throughout Europe and the Far East. He had the privilege of performing in Warsaw, Poland for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and for the First Lady of the Republic of Poland.

Another notable achievement was to play on the Opening Gala of the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw on March 1, 2010 which was the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birthday.

In December 2011 he had the honor of playing a recital for the President of the Republic of Poland.

He has been selected to compete in the Cliburn International Piano Competition held in Fort Worth. This year’s competition begins May 24. Koziak is one of 30 competitors selected from 133 pianists world-wide by a panel of judges who traveled to Hong Kong, Hannover, Moscow, Milan, New York City and Fort Worth this past January and February.

The program on Saturday will include repertoire from Debussy, Chopin, Theofanidis, Beethoven and Brahms.

A free will offering will be taken at the door. A reception will follow the concert.

Please call Rev. Suzanne Cate, 817-326-4242 for more information.