Friday, November 24, 2023

Holiday Concert (Lukasz Yoder) and Caroling (Olivia Kierdal) in Beverly Hills, 16 December 2023 at 6pm

Holiday Concert by Lukasz Yoder, Christmas Caroling with Olivia Kierdal and party of the Helena Modjeska Art & Culture Club will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 6pm, in the elegant residence of Helena and Stanley Kolodziey, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.  Street parking is limited to 30 cars, so please come in groups with friends. 

The event will start from breaking the Christmas Wafer (Oplatek) and best wishes from Father Miroslaw Frankowski at 6:30pm, followed by holiday dinner buffet with traditional dishes. The concert will start at 7:45pm (30 minutes of music) and caroling at 8:15pm.

This project is partly funded by a grant from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles - for the printing of songbooks and rental of equipment. 


  • Fryderyk Chopin - Ballade no 1 in G minor, Op. 23 
  • Karol Szymanowski - Etude Op. 4 No. 3 
  • Artur Malawski - Trypyk Goralski (Highlander Triptych)


Praised by the Los Angeles Opus for his “liquid sensitivity” and “formidable power” as a soloist, and for his “discreet exactitude” as a collaborative pianist, the inspiration for Łukasz’s pianism can perhaps best be traced to his experiences of the thunderous power of a twelve foot wave, or the sensuous delicacy of a desert sunset. Grand Prize Winner of the Landsum International Music Festival, Lukasz is a top prizewinner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition in Fredonia, New York, Classics Alive National Auditions, The Kosciuszko Foundations National Chopin Competition in Washington D.C, The International Chopin Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, Glendale Piano Competition, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT State Finals, and the statewide Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition. 

Lukasz has toured extensively on both coasts of the United States, Europe and Puerto Rico, in venues that include Zipper Hall of the Colburn School of Music, the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, the Kosciuszko Foundation’s headquarters in NYC, the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, the Dzialynski Palace and White Hall of Poznan, Poland, as well as Zelazowa Wola, Chopin's birthplace.  2022-2023 highlights include performances in the “Music at a Mansion” Concert Series at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, top prizes in the Antelope Valley and UCLA All Stars Concerto competition, and most recently a mini tour of the west with UCLA Professor and internationally renowned actor Marek Probosz, with whom he performed the Los Angeles and Seattle premieres of the award-winning show “Norvid’s Return” at the Odyssey Theatre here in LA and Polish Cultural center in Seattle, with summer highlights including further performances in Zielona Gora as well as Zamosc, Poland, where he performed a solo concert as part of the Rzeka En Foundation.

Earlier in 2020-21 Lukasz embarked on a whirlwind tour of Southern California, performing on the Noontime Concert Series at Los Angeles City College, the Modrzejewska Club Evening Concerts, The Music by the Sea Concert Series in Encinitas, and the Interludes Concert Series in Torrance, Stan Harris Music Parlor, as well as the Classical Encounters Concert Series in Orange County. 

He has recorded for Polish Radio and Television, and been featured in the Polish and American Press.  Lukasz is currently studying at the UCLA Herp Alpert School of Music on a full scholarship, under the tutelage Professor Inna Faliks, Chair of the Piano Department. He continues to be mentored by his mother, Roza Kostrzewska Yoder, as well as American Pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Lukasz had a unique upbringing. He grew up homeschooled, and his mother taught him piano until college and teaches his two younger brothers.  He documents his pianistic and modeling career, as well as random adventures on his Instagram, where he can be found as @lukasz_yoder

Recent interview by Shoutout LA (October 2022):


Born in a Polish family in Sydney, Australia, Kierdal is a singer, classically trained pianist, songwriter and producer. She studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, receiving a scholarship to study abroad in California State University, Fullerton in 2014, and living in California since that time. She has over 2,000,000 viewers on Spotify where she posted nearly 20 songs. 

Link to a recent interview by Shoutout LA (February 2023) is below.

Modjeska Club sings "Przybiezeli do Betlejem" Carol with Polish Consul Pawel Lickiewicz, Olivia Kierdal at the piano.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2024!

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