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Polish Custodian Opens West End Festival

GLASGOW (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — It sounds like something out of a movie. Glasgow University's chaplaincy secretary was reluctant at first to let 28 year old janitor Aleksander Kudajczyk, a Polish immigrant, try out the chapel's grand piano. Ultimately though, she assented and watched him play via a chapel webcam and she was stunned by what she heard.

"When I first logged on to hear him, I couldn't believe it—he was playing the most amazing music," Joan Keenan, the university's chaplaincy secretary, told BBC News.

Keenan started phoning and emailing her friends and colleagues about Kudajczyk and he was soon getting offers to perform, including an invite to open Glasgow's West End Festival with three concerts.

"It is a remarkable tale," West End Festival director Michael Dale told the London Evening Standard yesterday.

Kudajczyk emigrated to Scotland with his girlfriend to look for work in the face of Poland's weak economy. Although he took a job as a custodian, he is a classically trained pianist, having attended Poland's esteemed Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music and worked professionally for a number of years.

In a recent interview with Scottish newspaper The Scotsman, Kudajczyk related how as a janitor in Glasgow, he earns about twice his pay he made as a musician/piano teacher back in Poland but he has hopes of taking up his old profession again. "I hope to teach piano or become a concert pianist," he told The Scotsman. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers