Ryszard Alzin is a Polish pianist and composer. Born in 1991, Ryszard graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, with studies in piano performance and composition. Ryszard has been awarded prizes in music competitions in Poland and abroad, including: Grand Prix and Special Prize at the Schott International Concours Musical de France in Paris (2004), 1st Prize and Special Prize at the Stefania Woytowicz National Young Instrumentalist Competition in Jasło/Poland (2006), Honourable Mention at the EMCY International Piano Competition in Ettlingen/Germany (2006), 1st Prize at the “Karol Szymanowski in Memoriam” National Piano Competition in Warsaw/Poland (2007), 1st Prize at the National Piano Competition in Jelenia Góra/Poland (2008), Honourable Mention for the cycle of children’s piano pieces “Muzyczne kolorowanki” at the Composition Competition in Rydułtowy/Poland (2013), and Honourable Mention at the International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź/Poland (2016).
As a pianist, Ryszard has always been keen on performing contemporary music and has premiered several pieces by Polish composers, including Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska’s “Tylko spójrz” for piano solo, which was dedicated to him. He is also active as an improviser, and has recently given a number of fully improvised piano recitals. As a composer, Ryszard is interested in autonomic composition, as well as in interdisciplinary collaboration – in particular with artists from film and theatre. A selection of Ryszard’s compositions can be heard at soundcloud.com/ryszard-alzin.