Piotr Anderszewski

Piano

Biography

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.

In recent seasons he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg.  His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw.   He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000.  His first disc for the label was Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik award. His affinity with the music of his compatriot Szymanowski is captured in a highly-praised recording of the composer’s solo piano works, which received the Classic FM Gramophone Award in 2006 for best instrumental disc. A release of solo works by Robert Schumann received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including ‘Recording of the Year’. The latest addition to Anderszewski’s discography is a critically-acclaimed CD featuring Bach’s English Suites Nos 1, 3 and 5, which received the Gramophone award for best instrumental disc and an ECHO Klassik award, both in 2015.

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Reviews

“The Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski brings myriad colourings, a poetic sensibility and a prodigious though idiosyncratic technique to his performances.”

The New York Times

“In a challenging and provocative program, the high point for some listeners may have been the magisterial drama of the opening, Mozart’s Fantasia and Sonata in C minor, an important pairing establishing immediately the Polish musician’s impeccable musical credentials. For others, no doubt, the climax was Bach’s Sixth English Suite, which closed the evening with heart-racing excitement and seraphic tranquillity.”

Los Angeles Times

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“The Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski brings myriad colourings, a poetic sensibility and a prodigious though idiosyncratic technique to his performances.”

The New York Times

“In a challenging and provocative program, the high point for some listeners may have been the magisterial drama of the opening, Mozart’s Fantasia and Sonata in C minor, an important pairing establishing immediately the Polish musician’s impeccable musical credentials. For others, no doubt, the climax was Bach’s Sixth English Suite, which closed the evening with heart-racing excitement and seraphic tranquillity. ”

Los Angeles Times

“Anderszewski has striking and deeply personal ideas about everything he performs, and you can hear his mind working as his long, agile fingers traverse the keyboard. That he can absorb an audience with the intense concentration of his pianism shows a powerful interpretive imagination at work. ”

The Chicago Tribune

“Karol Szymanowski’s piano works are some of the most opulent, perfumed, and outrageously demanding scores in the repertoire. But Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski made the music of his compatriot sound elegant and clear, and an essential part of early 20th century musical history.”

The Guardian