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Filip Blachnio, a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Rice University, is an accomplished musician who has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals throughout the United States and abroad. Filip maintains a keen interest in the music of Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin and his favorite period in the arts is the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries. Filip’s formative years were also heavily influenced by the music of Fryderyk Chopin and by the works of other Polish composers.
In the summer of 2015 Filip received Rice’s prestigious Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Traveling Fellowship in Music to attend the 58th Matthay Piano Festival in Rochester, New York. During the festival Filip studied the legacy of legendary teachers such as Tobias Matthay and Cécile Genhart. He also performed in the masterclass with Valerie Tryon. In the summer of 2013 Filip was a guest artist at the Caspian Music Mondays Festival in Vermont. The Hardwick Gazette proclaimed he displayed “a strong natural affinity for Scriabin’s music, played it authoritatively, and made his audiences want to hear more of this underappreciated composer.” A CD of his music was aired on Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Classical Radio.
Some of the venues where Filip has performed include the Cullen Hall at University of St. Thomas in Houston; Squires Recital Hall at McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Strong Auditorium at University of Rochester in New York; and the Primate’s Palace in Warsaw. Filip has also appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Duncan Recital Hall at the Shepherd School of Music; and Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. He was selected to attend the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses, and spent many wonderful summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.
Originally from Józefów, Poland, Filip started playing the piano under the guidance of professor Antonina Paciorkiewicz-Dutkiewicz from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He is a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music and renowned Interlochen Arts Academy. He also holds a minor in mathematics from the University of Rochester. Filip has had the great honor of working with outstanding teachers and mentors, including Robert Roux, Thomas Schumacher, and Stephen Perry.
A devoted teacher and adjudicator, Filip has held collegiate teaching positions at Rice University and at Lone Star College North Harris. He has also taught for many years at Rice’s prestigious Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program and at other schools in the Houston area. Filip is currently pursuing a newly implemented graduate certificate in teaching and learning at Rice University and serves as president of Rice’s Houston Institute Club. Filip is passionate about cultivating genuine relationships with his students and in his free time enjoys traveling and being with family and friends.