Artur Haftman was born in Poland and is currently studying for a
Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London with
Professor Dmitri Alexeev. At the same time he is studying with Professor
Maurizio Moretti in La Schola Cantorum in Paris. At the Royal College of
Music he is the recipient of the RCM Foundation Scholarship. He has
received several awards, including: The Scholarship of the Minister of
Culture and National Heritage, the Award of the Major of Stargard
Szczecinski and the Award of the National Fund for Children.
Artur Haftman has also participated in masterclasses with renowned
pianists such as Arie Vardi, Matti Raekallio, Mikhail Voskresensky,
Andrzej Jasinski, Janina Fialkowska, Viera Nosina, Andzrej Tatarski,
Phiilippe Giusiano, Kevin Kenner, Jaroslaw Drzewiecki and Alberto Nose.
Artur is the winner of numerous international competitions including
First Prize in the: International Music Competition “Musicaclassica” in
Moscow (2012), 16th International Piano Festival in Druskininkai in
Lithuania (2011), International Piano Competition in Palma de Mallorca
(2011), 7th International Chopin Competition in Narva in Estonia (2010),
Concours International de Piano in Paris (2006).
He is laureate of ‘Villa de Xabia’ International Piano Competition in
Xabia in Spain, “Cesar Franck International Piano Competition” in
Brussels (2014), 10th International Piano Competition “Arthur Rubinstein
im memoriam” in Bydgoszcz (2014) and “Gold Parnas” (The grand prize) at
International Piano Forum “Bieszczady bez granic” in Sanok (2013).
He made his concerto début at the age of eight with the Koszalin Youth
Symphony Orchestra with which he performed twice more. At the age of
sixteen he performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with symphonic
orchestra under Mykola Diadura, the Artistic Director of Szczecin
Philharmonic, during the Chopin festival in Szczecin in 2010. Following
his performances during the Piano Forum “Bieszczady bez granic” in Sanok
in 2012 he was invited to perform with famous Polish soprano Malgorzata
Artur Haftman has presented solo recitals across Poland, the United
Kingdom, Estonia, France, Lithuania and Slovakia. He recently performed
in the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Steinway Hall and St.
Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
I don’t believe I’ve ever
heard a young pianist in concert whose sound and initial attacks
were as lovely and rounded as that of the Pole Artur Haftman.
Maybe only Murray Perahia 40-plus years ago was as ear-opening.
Permit a word about this local summertime chamber music festival
which, adjudged only in terms of performance excellence, has
become Rockport South, or should.
I strongly urge all music-lovers to check it out. - David
Moran, The Boston Musical Intelligencer