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Piotr Anderszewski

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Introduction

In recent seasons, he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Piotr 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 including an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach’s Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. Piotr’s most recent disc of Bach’s English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5 was released in November 2014, going on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015.

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Performance Schedule

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    03 May 18 Mozart Play/Direct Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Queen's Hall Edinburgh

    ”Seamlessly gliding between his dual role as player and director, he showed phenomenal technical prowess coupled with exquisite elasticity.”
    Carol Main, The Scotsman, 8th May 2018

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    11 Apr 18 Bach / Beethoven Solo Recital
    Barbican, London

    ”[…] it was an astonishing performance, perhaps the most completely convincing reading of the Diabelli I’ve ever heard in the concert hall.

    Some readings, even from indisputably great pianists, can’t entirely avoid squareness in a work that, for all its moments of the transcendence that only late Beethoven can access, sometimes seems to fall back on the mechanics of variation form. But there was no trace of that, or of routine of any kind, in a single bar here. Every one of the 33 variations seemed freshly imagined, with their dizzying contrasts of wit and pathos, explosive energy and communing stillness; it made for a totally enthralling musical journey in which not a single step was misplaced.

    […] The first half of his recital had been devoted to Bach, […] That was equally extraordinary in its own way, with a Glenn Gould-like clarity to the textures and rhythmic articulation, informed by a freewheeling imagination that was never wilful. Anderszewski certainly brought his own ideas to the music, but whether in the stream of melodic invention that courses through the C major Prelude, the quiet intensity with which he invested the opening of D sharp minor Fugue, or the spiky, Scarlatti-like exuberance of the pair of gavottes in the suite, they never seemed anything other than quintessential Bach.”
    ★  ★  ★  ★  ★  Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 12th April 2018

     

    ”Anderszewski’s drily immaculate unfolding of three of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues and his English Suite No 3 in G minor was a world apart, one of classical luminosity and pellucidity.

    […] Anderszewski gave us Beethoven’s […] Diabelli Variations: an account of wonderful poise and thoughtfulness, descending memorably to the depths for the static, enigmatic 20th variation; elsewhere glorying in mercurial precision”
    Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 22nd April 2018

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    15 Feb 18 Beethoven Philharmonia
    Royal Festival Hall

    ”In his hands the concerto came across as the work of a young man revelling in his own powers of invention, which is just what it is. It was always kept in scale, with little of the defiant rhetoric we associate with the composer’s middle period. […] the orchestral playing was certainly alert, and Anderszewski responded to it in chamber musical fashion. His delicate touch and lyrical poise in the Largo were outstanding, giving the movement a singular grace.”
    ★  ★  ★  ★  Roy Westbrook, Bachtrack, 16th February 2018

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    12 Oct 17 Bach, Chopin & Janáček Solo Recital
    Chicago Symphony Center

    ”Anderszewski takes a straightforward stylistic approach to Bach, with boldly projected playing, contrapuntal lines clear and bracing. Yet within that esthetic he consistently finds a way to individually shape and characterize the music: a brightly buoyant Prelude, quickish, unsentimental Allemande, impish and playful Courante.

    He began the Sarabande in stately and dignified fashion. Just as one began to think that the playing was a bit on the cool side, Anderszewski slowed the pace, segueing into a spacious rendering that probed a striking depth of expression, with an even more subtle rubato and expansive phrasing in the repeat. An insouciant Gavotte and fleet and virtuosic Gigue rounded off the suite.

    More impressive still was Anderszewski’s take on Chopin’s Polonaise Fantasie in A flat major […] Anderszewski drew out the strange harmonic cadences and off-center rhythms with an uncommonly elasticity of legato, the sudden virtuosic bursts as jarring as the elegiac expression was affecting.

    Bach’s English Suite No. 6 in D minor closed the afternoon. Here too there were wonderful touches with an impressionistic Allemande, a witty, tripping Gavotte and lightning bravura in the closing Gigue.

    Yet again it was the Sarabande that stood out. Anderszewski unfolded this inward music with a rapt elevated serenity, rendered with great feeling and delicacy.

    The strong applause and repeated ovations brought Anderszewski back out repeatedly until he offered a single encore–a spare melancholy take on Bartók’s Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csík District.”
    Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 23rd October 2017

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    02 Apr 17 Janáček, Schumann, Webern & Beethoven Duo Recital with Nikolaij Znaider
    Wigmore Hall

    ”This was in no way a violin recital with piano back-up … the piano often leads, and there was a soloistic richness to Anderszewski’s playing…”
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 4th April 2017

    ”…Piotr Anderszewski, seemed willing to delve in the muck of Janáček’s primal, at times even bestial, sound world.”
    ★ ★ ★  Hannah Nepil, The Financial Times, 4th April 2017

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    10 Mar 17 Mozart, Haydn Hong Kong Arts Festival - Camerata Salzburg
    Hong Kong City Hall

    ”Anderszewski has the ability to move effortlessly between dramatic outbursts and moments of delicacy, to communicate carefully conceived nuances in every phrase, and to hold audience members captive with his flamboyance.”
    Dirk Newton, South China Morning Post, 13th March 2017

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    17 Feb 17 Mozart Schumann Fantasies
    Recording - Warner Classics

    ”All the performances … show the lucidity and objectivity that have always been such outstanding qualities of Anderszewski’s playing.”
    ★ ★ ★ ★ Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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    09 Feb 16 Bach, Schumann & Szymanowski Solo Recital
    Wigmore Hall

    ”A staggering recital, every single second of it.”
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 11th February 2016

    ”In this Polish pianist’s hands, Szymanowski became not just the centrepiece but the heart of the evening. … Anderszewski’s playing was full of languid flexibility yet also bold colours, showing again that when it comes to this repertoire he is peerless.”
    ★ ★ ★ ★ John Allison, The Telegraph, 11th February 2016

    ”This pianist is a fine advocate for Bach played on the piano, not just for these details, but also in his understanding of the harpsichordist’s treatment of phrasing and articulation. His sound is not dry: on the contrary, it is glossy and warm, and his tasteful pedalling and acute awareness of the rhythmic vitality of the dance music recalled the crystalline textures of the harpsichord. Anderszewski is also alert to the intimacy of Bach: the inner movements of both Partitas were tender and noble, with a muted dynamic range which had the whole audience listening intently…”
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Frances Wilson, Bachtrack, 10th February 2016

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    19 Mar 15 Bach & Schumann Solo Recital
    Carnegie Hall

    ”Mr. Anderszewski conveyed the music’s teeming Romanticism while also revealing internal Bachian complexities.

    His account of the Fantasy de-emphasized the monumental qualities of Schumann’s three-movement score to bring out its poetic, yearning explorations. Even the march movement was intricate and intimate.”
    Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 20th March 2015

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    19 Feb 14 Bach, Beethoven & Schumann Solo Recital
    Wigmore Hall

    ”Perfectionism is a key streak of this pianist’s personality. He has played Bach’s Overture in the French Style, BWV831, almost since he came on the scene and his performance of it now is deeply immersed in colour and detail, as if each layer of study has been absorbed one upon the other. The softer focus of movements like the Sarabande was Anderszewski at his most typically dreamy…

    To close, Anderszewski returned to an old favourite, Beethoven’s Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 110. But this was not routine: with the lights dimmed, the performance felt like the late-night communing of two old friends, their conversation barely overheard by a silent Wigmore audience.”
    ★ ★ ★ ★  Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 21st February 2014

Interviews

Read Piotr’s latest interview with
A Pianist’s Warsaw: ‘Fascination and Pain’

Discography

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    Piotr Piano Concerto 25 & 27

    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 26 Jan 18

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major K. 503
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 26 in B-flat major K.595

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    ”This pairing of concertos Nos 25 and 27, recorded with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, is Piotr Anderszewski’s third Warner Classics album of Mozart concertos. “In Mozart I tend to prefer to direct from the keyboard,” he explains, “His concertos are like chamber works …
    The piano is in dialogue with the orchestra, conversing and interacting all the time. The two works are very different …No 25 is very grand, complex and sophisticated; No 27, Mozart’s final piano concerto, is in a major key, but underneath it I sense an incredible sadness … It always amazes me how deep this music is.””

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    Mozart Schumann Fantasies

    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 17 Feb 17

    MOZART Fantasia in C minor K. 475
    MOZART Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor K. 457
    SCHUMANN Fantasy in C major
    SCHUMANN Theme and Variations in E-flat major Ghost Variations

    INCLUDES A 36-MINUTE BONUS DVD (on Warsaw)
    “Je m’appelle Varsovie”

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    Bach English Suites 1,3 & 5

    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 03 Nov 14

    English Suite No. 1 BWV. 806
    English Suite No. 3 BWV. 808
    English Suite No. 5 BWV. 810

    ”With this recording, Piotr Anderszewski returns to Bach’s English Suites after more than 10 years. In 2002, The Sunday Times spoke of “Bach playing of the highest order,” enthusing that: “His playing throughout is wonderful, laying out Bach’s contrapuntal writing with a clarity and subtlety of touch that removes these works far from the realms of technical exercises. His fingers dance in the Courantes and Allemandes, and positively sing the melodies of the sublime Sarabandes.”

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    Schumann

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 22 Nov 10

    Humoreske Op. 20
    Studien für den Pedalflügel Op. 56 (arr. Anderszewski)
    Gesänge der Frühe Op. 133

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    Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller

    Label: © Idéale Audience / Ozumi Films Inc

    Release Date: 18 Jun 09

    Documentary directed by Bruno Monsaingeon
    Producer: Hélène Le Coeur

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    Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 11 May 09

    Recital at Carnegie Hall including; J S Bach, Schumann, Janacek, Beethoven and Bartók.

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    Beethoven

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 24 Mar 08

    Play/Direct

    Bagatelles Op. 126
    Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15

    Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

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    Mozart Piano Concerti

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 27 Jan 06

    Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major K. 453
    Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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    Szymanowski

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 30 May 05

    Masques Op. 34
    Piano Sonata No 3 Op. 36
    Métopes Op. 29

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    Bach, Beethoven, Webern

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 07 Jun 04

    BACH English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV. 811
    BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major Op. 110
    WEBERN Variations Op. 27

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    Beethoven Diabelli Variations - DVD

    Label: Virgin DVD

    Release Date: 01 Jun 04

    33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli Op. 120 – A film by Bruno Monsaingeon

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    Chopin

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 05 Dec 03

    Mazurkas Op. 59 63 & 68/4
    Ballades No. 3 in A flat Op. 47 & No. 4 in F minor Op. 52
    Polonaises No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 44 & No. 6 in A- flat major Op. 53 Heroic

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    Bach Partitas

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 21 Oct 02

    Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV. 830
    Partita No. 3 in A minor BWV. 827
    Partita No. 1  in B-flat major BWV. 825

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    Mozart Piano Concerti

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 04 Feb 02

    Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K. 491
    Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K. 467

    Sinfonai Varsovia

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    Beethoven Diabelli Variations

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 07 May 01

    33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli Op. 120

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    Bach

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 01 Apr 99

    French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV. 816
    Overture in the French style in B minor BWV. 831

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    Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert

    Label: Accord

    Release Date: 01 Oct 98

    BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in G major for violin and piano Op. 30
    MOZART Sonata No. 21 in E minor for violin and piano K. 304
    SCHUBERT Sonata in A major for violin and piano D. 574, Op. posth. 162

    Violin: Dorata Anderszewski

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    Brahms Complete Violin Sonatas

    Label: Phillips

    Release Date: 15 Apr 97

    Sonata No. 1 in G major for violin and piano Op. 78
    Sonata No. 2 in A major for violin and piano Op. 100
    Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin and piano Op. 108

    Violin: VIKTORIA MULLOVA

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    Debussy, Janacek & Prokofiev Violin Sonatas

    Label: Phillips

    Release Date: 14 Nov 95

    JANÁČEK Sonata for violin and piano
    PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 1 in F minor  for violin and piano Op. 80
    DEBUSSY Sonata for violin and piano

    Violin: VIKTORIA MULLOVA