The initiator of Democracy 25 is South African-born, U.S.-based pianist Justin Krawitz, who is additionally the lead performer on the project. Krawitz is known for his highly considered artistic collaborations that give rise to authoritative performances of new and little-known repertoire. Following his performance of Karel Husa’s First Piano Sonata, the Pulitzer prize-winning composer wrote, “the level of his artistry and commitment is extraordinary.” His work with South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr culminated in the world premiere of a new piano sonata inside Cape Town Central Train Station as part of the public arts festival Infecting the City. His diverse performance experience has included recitals at venues such as the UNESCO heritage site Chateau Kroměříž, participation in outreach concerts at a Wisconsin prison, and work as a recording artist for Czech Radio and Colorado Public Radio.
A passionate educator, Krawitz is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. He receives regular invitations to give master classes and pedagogical workshops at music schools from Raleigh to Reykjavik. Keynote addresses in 2016 took him to Portugal and Slovenia, and 2017 has seen keynotes in the U.S. and the Netherlands. Krawitz is a board member of the International Martinů Circle and the Vice President for Conferences of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He was a Paul Collins Fellow at UW-Madison from 2006-2009, a Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow at the University of Cape Town in 2011, and a URC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the South African College of Music from 2012-2014.
To learn more about Justin Krawitz's work, visit www.justinkrawitz.com.