The BBC Music Magazine has described Anderszewski as an “ideal man”. The artist with Polish and Hungarian roots is undoubtedly one of the best pianists of our era. He captivates audiences with his technique, stylistic elegance and sparseness of expression. His interpretations reveal a deep understanding of each composer’s vision as well as his own daring imagination. He stays clear of clichés and stereotypes – just listen to his Chopin! And, perhaps most importantly, Anderszewski only plays music by composers he fully believes in: Bach, Schumann, Szymanowski, Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart.
We will hear compositions by the latter two on 29 November at ICE Kraków. The programme features two piano concertos – Mozart’s in G major K. 435 and Haydn’s in D major Hob. XVIII:11 – with Anderszewski appearing in the highly difficult double role of soloist and conductor, commonly practiced in the 18th century. We will also hear opera overtures from Haydn’s Armida and Mozart’s Apollo and Hyacinth, performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of the ensemble’s concertmaster Maciej Lulek.
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. He appears regularly in recital at such concert halls as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Staatskapelle orchestras, the London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has also placed special emphasis on playing and directing, working with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg.
In the 2018-19 season Anderszewski will appear with (among others) the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His recitals in Europe will take him to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Lucerne Music Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus and Munich Herkulessaal. He will also embark on a recital tour of the USA to include Alice Tully Hall in New York and San Francisco. Other projects include a residency in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and a European tour with the Belcea String Quartet.
Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes. He has also recorded Grammy-nominated discs of Bach's Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and Szymanowski's solo piano works, the latter also receiving a Gramophone award in 2006. His recording devoted to works by Robert Schumann received the BBC Music Magazine's Recording of the Year award in 2012. Anderszewski's disc of Bach's English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5, released in November 2014, went on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015. His most recent recording of two late Mozart concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was released in January 2018.
Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been a recipient of the Gilmore award, the Szymanowski Prize and a Royal Philharmonic Society award. He has also been the subject of several documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon. 'Piotr Anderszewski plays Diabelli Variations' (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's iconic work. 'Unquiet Traveller' (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots. In 2016 Anderszewski got behind the camera himself to explore his relationship with his native Warsaw, creating a film entitled 'Je m'appelle Varsovie'.
Co-organizer: Sinfonietta Cracovia as part of the Star with Sinfonietta series.
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