Michal Korzistka was born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, and belongs to the second generation of musicians in his family. He began playing piano at the age of five, under the tutelage of Helena Korzistka, his grandmother and an experienced piano teacher. Having qualified for the admission to the Music Grammar and High School in Bielsko-Biala, he continued his music education, studying with Professor Tanewski. On graduation, Michal was accepted at the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied with Professor Zmudzinski and received an M.A. in Classical Music. He continued his study of classical piano with Professor Sulikowski at the Postgraduate Piano Department of the Academy of Music in Warsaw and with Professor Buchbinder in Zurich. Next, Michal went on to receive two D.M.A. degrees, one in instrument mastery and the other in piano performance.
From his early years, Michal performed many concerts, both solo and with the accompaniment of the orchestra. He has a special place in his heart for classical and romantic composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin. He performed in Poland and abroad, among others, at the revered Chopin Mansion in Zelazowa Wola, Poland, at the famous concert series at the Chopin Monument in Lazienki Park in Warsaw, at "Atma" in Zakopane, at the Pszczyna Castle, in Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the U.S. He works with the National Concert Bureau in Warsaw and the Silesia Art Agency in Katowice. Over the years, Michal has also made a number of recordings, including a live recording of his concert with an orchestra in Weston, Great Britain, a "Music in Bielsko-Biala" CD, recordings for the II Channel of the Polish Radio, and archival recordings for his alma mater, the Academy of Music in Katowice.
Michal qualified for many international and national piano competitions. Among others, he played at the International Music Competition in Gallo-Monza in Italy, the 2nd International Music Competition in Japan, the 1st Szymanowski National Piano Competition, and the 42nd Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj. He is a recipient of the F. Chopin Society grant, he took the second and the special prize in the 1st Szymanowski Piano Competition for his performance of the Szymanowski Concerto Symphony, and he also received a prize at the Polish Pianist Competition in Slupsk.
Michal is currently a full professor of the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia, where he teaches piano and a number of other music courses. He also teaches at the Music School in Wadowice. Michal is a Vice President of the Bielsko Music Society. He also organized international master classes for young pianists, under the auspices of the University, and continues his performing career, giving concerts in Poland and abroad. His dual career – as a performing artist and a classical piano professor – leaves him precious little spare time which he devotes mostly to his family.