Sunday, March 27, 2022 – 3:00 PM
Mairs Concert Hall, Macalester College
“…one of the greatest artists I have ever heard in my life.”
—Pianist John O’Connor
Photo by Felix Broede
J.S. BACH Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, no. 1
32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
FRANCK Prelude, Fugue & Variation in B minor, Op. 18
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
In 2005, at the XV Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafał Blechacz was awarded the Gold Medal and every one of the prizes in the individual categories for ‘Best Performance.’ He became the first Pole to win the Gold Medal since Krystian Zimerman thirty years earlier. As his career took off, he earned recognition not only as a profound interpreter of Chopin, but a technically formidable and deep-thinking musician across a wide range of repertoire. He has performed countless recitals throughout the world and performed with many of its top orchestras. In 2014, he was named The Gilmore Artist, an honor bestowed every four years upon an exceptionally rare pianistic talent, without regard to age or nationality. Born in 1985, Blechacz began piano lessons at the age of five and graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in 2007. A decade later, following a break from concertizing, he completed his doctoral thesis on the philosophy of music at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. As an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon, he has made eight recordings, among them a CD of Debussy and Szymanowski named 2012 ‘Solo Recording of the Year’ by Echo Klassik and, most recently, his second chamber music disc with violinist duo partner Bomsori Kim. This will be Rafał’s second performance on our series.
“Blechacz remains an important ambassador of Chopin’s music today, and he understands the composer’s relationship to his predecessors. That might be the result of an aesthetics course, but maybe it’s just the maturity of a great pianist.”
—San Francisco Classical Voice
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