Biography of Olechowski Józef:
Józef Olechowski was born in Poland and began his piano studies at the age of five. Showing early promise, he continued his musical studies both in his hometown as well as in the Music Academy at Katowice. Later in his student life he moved to Mexico where he finished his studies and began to earn his living as a musician.He won prizes in successive years at the Frederick Chopin Institute in Warsaw and in 1981 won first prize in the International Piano Competition in Puebla, Mexico. In 1988 he was named "Best Foreign Pianist Resident in Mexico" by the newspaper Claridades, and now has Mexican citizenship. Józef has given concerts and recitals in his native Poland and in other European countries as well as the United States and Mexico. He is in particular demand as a chamber musician and has recently formed a Piano Trio with his two brothers, violinist Kazimierz and cellist Janusz. He also spent several years working in Los Angeles as a composer, arranger and music director for television and films. Józef is recognised as one of the leading pianists in Mexico and has had more than a dozen CDs, many featuring Mexican music in which he is an acknowledged expert. He has made many tours abroad, most recently in Europe and Japan.In the past six years he has worked extensively in the duo with Elena Durán. They first met when they played together as part of a television tribute to Mozart in 1991 and came together again for the Cervantino International Festival later that year. The collaboration proved so successful that they have given many concerts together in Mexico, USA, Australia and New Zealand. They have also made their first recording together which will be released later this year.