Christyna Kaczynski-Kozel, Pianist & Teacher of Musical Phenomenology
My passion for music
I was born in a family of musicians, my mother was an opera singer, and my father was a concert pianist. I started playing piano at the age of 5, and continued to various conservatories in Quebec, where I was born.
Living in Italy and Spain gave me the opportunity to learn these beautiful languages and to further my musical education.
But what really changed the direction of my musical life was meeting Sergiu Celibidache. In my early twenties, when I heard him conduct for the first time, I was transported to some faraway place but a place I knew well. Or maybe I should say, it was a very near place that I had forgotten.
I decided to leave everything behind and move to Stuttgart, Germany. There the adventure and the deep learning of music began. Over ten years, hundreds of rehearsals and concerts enriched my life, shaping my hearing and my understanding. I also took classes with Maestro on Musical Phenomenology in Stuttgart, Mainz and Munich.
What I finally understood is that Musical Phenomenology is the most important tool for any musician because it helps us understand the essence and meaning of sound and its mysterious effect on the mind and the emotions. Today I am happy to share my knowledge of MP with instrumental musicians, pianists, singers, and conductors.
Master class Berkeley, California
San Francisco Conservatory Debussy Preludes Book 1
"Thank you, Christyna!"
"Christyna Kaczynski-Kozel is an inspiring pianist, piano teacher and expert in the field of musical phenomenology. She accompanies her students with great empathy and warmth into the world of piano playing. With great sensitivity and imagination, Christyna succeeds in bringing her students' unique sound on the piano to daylight. I personally have gained a great deal of clarity about a major theme in my life through my involvement with musical phenomenology with Christyna. I recommend Christyna with great pleasure. Thank you very much, Christyna!".
Mona Katzenberger, Mindset Coach, monakatzenberger.de
"I unequivocally recommend Christyna."
"I was 5 years old when I first started taking piano lessons with Christyna. Nearly 20 years on, I regularly play to relax after work (as in the attached video), to impress guests at dinner parties, or to challenge myself with any new piece of my choice. I think my experience speaks for that of most students that have had the opportunity to learn under Christyna. Christyna is a remarkable pianist and a worldly scholar of music. Arguably, her greatest talent lies in her ability to teach kids, teens, and adults alike with joy, patience, and skill. Christyna is very attentive to her students' diverse learning needs and musical preferences, and she was always eager to tailor her teaching methods to my ever-changing goals. Christyna's passion for music is contagious; she has imparted me with a love for music and a keen understanding of different genres that I am forever grateful for. Christyna has become a life-long mentor and close friend to me. Whether you are looking to explore a new pastime or rediscovering a long-lost ability, I unequivocally recommend Christyna."Nathan Canadas, Student
"I appreciate your wonderful teaching."
”I thank you, yet again and in the most sincere of emotions, how much I appreciate your wonderful teaching, your inspiration as a musician and your gentle nature. I play everyday, and I am enriched and inspired by the music I have always loved. I just want you to know that it is your skill as a teacher that has let me recreate-albeit modestly-the moments of solace and great beauty that help us all in these times. Thank you so very much.”Claudia, Student of piano
"I wouldn’t be the musician I am today if it weren’t for Christyna."
”Christyna has been my teacher for the past three years - I was interested in restarting my piano studies after a long hiatus away from the piano. Christyna struck me as a very passionate and knowledgeable teacher, so it was a trivial choice for me to start lessons with her. I’ve learned about the fundamentals about musical phenomenology, which truly intrigues me as I continue my music studies with her. Phenomenology has invited me to understand music through a different lens, and has paved the way for me to transform myself as a musician. I wouldn’t be the musician I am today if it weren’t for Christyna.”Wayne, Student of piano
"I can recommend her for many reasons."
”Christyna Kaczynski-Kozel is a gifted and inspiring pianist. Her performances are breathtaking, beautiful, interesting and musically extraordinary. Fortunately, Christyna is an equally inspiring teacher, and if you are a student who is seeking instruction from a truly phenomenal teacher, I can recommend her for many reasons.”Claudia, Student of piano
"Thanks for your workshop."
"I just wanted to write a note of thanks for your workshop presenting the ideas of Sergiu Celibidache. My former husband was a conductor and spoke frequently of Maestro Celibidache, whom he admired greatly. It was fascinating to see how the musical communication of each participant was changed by the concepts you discussed."Susan, Musician
"Christyna has enriched my life on multiple levels."
"11 years ago at my daughter's graduation I crossed path with Christyna. As it turned out Christyna not only was fluent in German, but she also was a Concert Painist and taught piano. What more could I want, so I thought! Christyna has enriched my life on multiple levels and continues to do so. She taught me how to create "music" which goes far beyond of "mechanically" touching the keys. Her approach and her method of teaching are unique and fascinated me. What was her secret? What made her playing so different and special compared to what I had listened before? And that brings me to Musical Phenomenology created by Sergiu Celibidache."Beate Israel-Ford, Piano student
"What an extraordinary performance."
"What an extraordinary and memorable performance you gave today. First of all, from the first chord you played to the last, your special sensitivity and art in conveying the Debussy palette of exquisite colors war apparent. I don’t know how you made that piano sound the way it did, it was pure magic and pure delight for your audience. It was all so beautiful and transported me off into the clouds!"
"There was something absolutely magical about the tone quality you produced when playing the Mechanical Doll, and the Aeolian Harp Etude."Bruce, Pianist and Composer
"I have never heard such exquisite music."
Your musicality and the clarity you brought forth in the Scarlatti was marvelous. And the Chopin! I can honestly say that I have never heard such exquisite and tender rendering of his music. I could hear the structure and was moved to tears as I nearly heard words( and wanted to sing! ) in the E Major Etude.Karen, Contralto
"The concert was virtuosic and magical."
I woke up with the memory of Christyna’s music still resonating in my body. The concert was virtuosic and magical. I believe that with Christyna the music and the playing have a unique relationship resulting in an extraordinary sound.Cecilia, Music Lover
"You convey the essence of his teaching."
"I think that your contact with Celibidache has made it possible for you to convey the essence of his teaching to others in ways that we don’t really understand “rationally”."Jerry, Pianist and Composer
"Love your tempo."
"Thank you for doing the recording of the Harp Etude ( opus 25, nr.1 ) Love your tempo, and most of all how the phrasing “breathes”. You play with a freedom that captivated me all the way through and just the right emphasis on the inner voices..."Mark, Pianist
"You are a magnificent artist."
"You play with an exceptionally sensitive touch which lent itself to shaping the phrases with marvelous subtlety, giving you a dynamic range and a palette of tonal colors that is very effective. I also appreciated your understanding of the “formal” dimensions in the Beethoven Sonata and in the Chopin Ballade. I felt each piece was constructed with an eye for the detail of each section but also keeping the larger picture in mind and the vast overriding scope of the works. So much beauty in one sitting! You are a magnificent artist."Bruce, Composer
"Your tone on the piano is exceptional."
"...the tone that you produce on the piano is exceptional, and how I would love to know your secrets! Many try but fail. What is it? You must know the answer."Bruce, Composer
"I enjoyed hearing you so much."
"Congratulations again on your playing. I enjoyed hearing you so much. In both pieces I heard so much music and richness. It seems you are completely a servant to the music, which for me is the greatest part of music. I felt that you were listening deeply to everything that you were playing, which is the most exciting kind of performance for me. Thank you for sharing."Emily, Pianist
"I had to stop tears from welling up."
"...during the Beethoven I literally had to stop tears from welling up. You have a way of steering into pain but still letting everything flow, with nothing over-emphasized or overly dramatic....I am curious with whom did you study?"Janet, Musician
"Tears brought to my eyes."
"Scarlatti, Beethoven Cantabile, and Debussy meticulous, flowing, and tears brought to my eyes. It is nice to see and hear a pianist not only with technical expertise but with FEELING! Loved diversity in repetitions! Blossoming crescendos, nice pauses, felt reenergized after since I came tired. I “saw” colors in your beautifully played Etudes and the Ballade ......We are lucky you came to Berkeley, we need more pianist with gentle touch, good tone and voicing, mastery of technique and a mentor whose contribution to teachers and students alike is of lasting value."Ann, Pianist
"I could hear the water."
"In your Debussy, I could hear the water, the wind..." Louise, Pianist
"I marvel at your oneness with the piano."
"...I marvel at your oneness with the piano and what you are able to accomplish in communicating emotional nuance and beauty through music." Suzanne, Music Lover
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition
“We are pleased to announce that Christyna Kaczynski-Kozel has been selected as a Winner of the 2014 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. We also extend the thanks of our judges and staff, who agree that the high level of her talent made it an honor to have her participate. Christynas application reflects the intelligence, insight, and musicality necessary for pursuing a career, and her playing, both in terms to technical skill and artistry, demonstrates the solid potential crucial to performance.”
Here are a few musical pieces I have recorded.
Chopin Sonata No 2, 3 Marche funèbre. Lento
Chopin Sonata No 2, 4 Finale. Presto
Chopin Ballade Nr 4
Debussy La cathédrale angloutie
Debussy Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Debussy Jardin sous la Pluie from Estampes
Debussy Danseuses de Delphes
Scarlatti Sonata in E major - Longo 430
Scarlatti Sonata in B minor - Longo 449
Mozart Sonata F major, KV 332 Allegro
Mozart Sonata F major, KV 332 Adagio
Mozart Sonata F major, KV 332 Allegro assai
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