Dr. Kamil Tokarski is a distinguished pianist, conductor, harpsichordist, and teacher with rich musical experience covering Europe, The United States, and Asia. Kamil Tokarski has appeared in solo recitals in Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, The United States, Japan, and Taiwan. His piano recitals included appearances in The Polish Center of Wisconsin, the Lutheran Ichigaya Center in Tokyo, the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City.
Apart from solo recitals Dr. Tokarski appears with his sister, exceptionally talented violinist - Elzbieta Tokarska. Dr. Tokarski holds a Doctorate degree in piano and orchestra conducing. Throughout his career he has demonstrated deep interest in classical and romantic repertoire as well as music of Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti. He has performed and recorded over 150 Scarlatti's Sonatas both on piano and harpsichord.
He graduated from Arthur Rubinstein School of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland in piano class of Jacek Polanski. Dr. Tokarski continued his musical education at Grażyna & Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź as a piano student of Prof. Tadeusz Chmielewski and Prof. Jerzy Maciejewski at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Invited by the Polish Army he frequently appeared performing patriotic recitals celebrating significant national anniversaries of his country. Kamil Tokarski has performed widely across Poland, aiding in the cultural development of his country, for which he has been awarded grants and stipends from the Ministry of Culture as well as Voivodeship Marshal. In 2008, Kamil Tokarski was awarded the Music Scholarship and a full academic scholarship by The Wasie Foundation to continue his musical education under Dr. Robert Koopmann at Saint John's University in the United States of America.
In 2009, Dr. Tokarski received the Grand Prix in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, first place in the Saint Cloud Symphony Competition, followed by the performance of Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto no.2 with the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra. He was a finalist of the Schubert Piano Competition and was awarded a second place in the Thursday Musical Piano Competition in Saint Paul, MN. Two years in a row In 2009 and 2010, Kamil Tokarski won the first place in the Music Teachers National Association Minnesota Piano Competitions and received an Honorable Mention award in both Divisional Competitions (Columbia, MO; Sioux Falls, SD).
In May of 2013, Dr. Kamil Tokarski received his master's degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Peck School of the Arts, where he studied with a famous Venezuelan concert pianist, Judit Jaimes. A student of Isabelle Vengerova and Rudolf Serkin, Judit Jaimes had a profound impact on Tokarski’s understanding of the aesthetical balance within the musical form. During his studies at Peck School of the Arts Dr. Tokarski frequently appeared with piano recitals at Polish Center of Wisconsin as well as concert tours in Japan. In late 2013 Tokarski began working on his doctorate in piano performance and orchestra conducting at Ball State University in Indiana under Dr. Robert Palmer and Prof. Douglas Droste.
Tokarski graduated with his Doctorate degree in the late 2017. Having been deeply involved in exploring cognitive aspects of playing and learning piano, his doctoral dissertation dealt with the effective memorization techniques of the harmonically complex “Masques” op.34 by Karol Szymanowski. Throughout his education, Kamil Tokarski had opportunities to participate in master classes with many world-famous musicians including: Ewa Poblocka, Janusz Olejniczak, Krzysztof Jablosnki Andrzej Jasinski, Pascal Devoyon, Krystian Zimerman, Eugen Indjic, Christopher Elton, Sergei Babayan, and Sean Duggan. Dr. Tokarski currently resides in Taipei, Taiwan where he is occupied with performing and teaching.
In 2018 Dr. Tokarski gave a recital and a masterclass at his alma-mater College of Saint Benedict Saint John's University. In August of 2019 Kamil Tokarski performed at "Chopin to Szpilman - Music of Polish Masters" concert at Luzhou KHS Concert Hall in Taipei. In November of 2019 He was invited to play a solo recital during Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert in Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago. In November of 2019 Dr. Tokarski has also appeared as a guest artist at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Peck School of the Arts. In May of 2020 with collaboration of Polish Office in Taipei and Chopin Foundation of Taipei, Tokarski Piano Studio organized "Discovering Chopin" Concert in Eslite Performance Hall to celebrate Chopin's 210 birthday.
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