Following release of a CD "Improvisations with Bashir" (DUX/Naxos 2013) pianist Jozef Kapustka presents his "Improvisatio III", "Improvisatio IV" and "Improvisatio V" in a first ever public performance.
As Roger Thomas has described it in the International Record Review, Kapustka's " extensive solo piano workout is a fine example [of contemporary interest in the Eastern musical tradition], its slowly developing, restrained extemporizations building sonic structures that seem to shimmer like desert mirages". Luc Nevers of the "Pianiste" review (France) has called Kapustka's improvisations "hypnotizing" and pointing out an interesting discovery on a contemporary classical music scene.
The present set of three new improvisations moves away from the rich, diversified tonal palette and polyphonic/polyrhythmic structures of their predecessor, towards decisively minimalistic, silent and purified approach, using restricted motivic movement and static flow as main means of narration and expression.
In the United Kingdom Jozef Kapustka has been heard in F.Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with the Leamington Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jenny Barrie during Liszt Bicentenary celebrations in 2011. Valentine Smith of Stratford Herald reports: "For many the highlight of the evening was Liszt's Piano Concerto No 2 in A Major. The new Holy Trinity grand piano was expertly played by guest soloist Jozef Kapustka and with the Leamington Sinfonia providing accurate support, this was a real treat, the resulting ovation was heartfelt and deserved."
Polish-born Jozef Kapustka graduated from New York Juilliard School, where he studied with Josef Raieff and Jerome Lowenthal; and London Royal Academy of Music ( studies with Martin Roscoe). Besides his solo piano career that has taken him to all corners of the globe, faithful to his ecclectic agenda he is currently working on a Yiddish revival project with singer/actress Barbara Suie. Jozef Kapustka lives in Paris.