Biography Pianist and composer Dr. Konrad Binienda is a graduate of the DMA program at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with renown pianist Haeson Paik. Since his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2007, Polish-American pianist Konrad Binienda has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, winning acclaim for his highly individual and probingly musical performances.
Dr. Binienda is a recipient of the 2011 Hastings Prize for Musical Performance at Harvard University and a laureate of the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, as well as the winner of the first prize of the 25th International Chopin Competition hosted by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas in 2017. He received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory as a student of Wha-Kyung Byun. He has also studied with Sergei Babayan and Gerardo Teissonnière at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and with Phillipe Giusiano, Wojciech Switala and Viktor Mierzhanov in Europe.
Mr. Binienda is the winner of the 2010 Peabody Mason International Piano Competition, the 2008 Mozart Society Orchestra's Concerto Competition at Harvard University and is also an accomplished composer. In May 2011 he performed his own piano concerto in E minor with the Pforzheimer House Orchestra at Harvard University. In December of 2006, he performed the first movement of this Piano Concerto with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. His composition "Mazurka" for piano, bass, violin, and guitar, won the second prize of the second Carl E. Baldassarre composer-performer competition as well as the audience award.
In the upcoming 2017-2018 season, Dr. Binienda will be performing in concerts in Poland, Texas, Cleveland, and Chicago. He will also be performing in a Carnegie Hall recital which was awarded to him for winning 25th International Chopin Competition hosted by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas in 2017. Due to his victory in this competition, he will also be recording his first professional CD of music of Fryderyk Chopin.
"[Binienda's performance] made as big of an impression on me as on the rest of the audience."
"[Binienda] understands the music...always manages the right balance."