March 21, 2013

Biography

Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, 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, the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg and Munich's Herkulessaal. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston, 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 built up an impressive discography. His recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations received a number of prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and 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. 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. His most recent recording, devoted to solo works by Robert Schumann, was released in November 2010.

Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent.

He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's opus 120, whilst the second, Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots. A third collaboration with Monsaingeon, Anderszewski Plays Schumann was made for Polish Television and first broadcast in 2010.

Anderszewski's recent chamber music collaborations have included appearances with the Belcea Quartet and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. He has also curated and performed in a number of festivals devoted to the music of Szymanowski, most notably at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall London.

Engagements in 2012-13 include recitals in many of the major musical centres, such as Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Zürich Tonhalle and the Wiener Konzerthaus. His concerto engagements include appearances with the Berlin Staatskapelle, London Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He will also direct concerto performances from the keyboard with the Camerata Salzburg and his longstanding partners the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.