Welcome to the official website of pianist Chris Malek


Christopher Malek is one of Australia's finest international concert pianists. Thanks to his musicality, poetic quality of his interpretation and extraordinary virtuosity, he is best known for his performances of music of the romantic period, especially Chopin and Liszt where he continues the grand tradition of the golden age of piano.

Chris has graduated with highest distinction for extraordinary artistic achievements from a special talents school- Z. Brzewski State Music High School in Warsaw, Poland. He had studied with Teresa Manasterska at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Victor Makarov in Sydney, Australia and with Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada. Always in pursuit of the finest quality he had taken part in Masterclasses with some of the greatest pedagogues including Victor Merzhanov (Moscow Conservatory), Oxana Yablonskaya (Juilliard School), Natalia Sheludiakova (Sydney Conservatorium), Rita Reichman (ANAM Melbourne), Vladimir Viardo (Moscow Conservatory), Alexey Orlovetzky (St Petersburg Conservatory), Christopher Elton (Royal Academy of Music, London) and more .

Mr. Malek is a top prizewinner of a number of national and international competitions. He has won his first national contest at an early age of 10, which was soon followed by his debut with an orchestra. In 1997 he was a prizewinner at the Paderewski Competition, in 1999 he received Second Prize at the International Chopin Competition in Vilnius and in 2001 he was awarded First Prize at the International Bacewicz Competition in Lodz. In 2007 he received First Prize and Gold Medal at the Chopin Competition in Sydney.

Since his early successes in piano competitions, Chris Malek continues to travel and perform around the world. So far music has taken him to over twenty countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. He has made a number of archive recordings for radio and television in several countries and released several CDs and DVDs. He has also played the main role of Frederic Chopin in a film about the composer.

In 2000, in recognition of his achievements he was awarded the prestigious prize-scholarship by the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2008 Mr. Malek received a Distinguished Talent Permanent Residency of Australia. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary Diploma from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for ‘Outstanding achievements in promoting the heritage of the great composer internationally during the International Chopin Year 2010’.

Christopher was born in the Polish city of Stalowa Wola, where his father was a director of a major technological company and his mother was a teacher. While his grandmother played the violin, he grew up in a family full of lawyers and his brother is a high-ranking police officer. Chris is a licensed pilot and a strong advocate of general aviation. He lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and daughter.