In July 2004, Rafał Blechacz had a tour recitals in Japan,
in commemoration of his winning the 2nd place in the 5th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2003.
During his stay in Japan for the tour, Blechacz received an interview from the Japanese Music Magazine.
The following is an excerpt of the interview.
"I got Roman Polanski's sign."
The victory in the Hamamatsu competition brought Rafał Blechacz into the spotlight of the world.
Now he attends Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland. How does he lead his life at school?
"Doing piano practice requires a lot of time. Therefore, I always play the piano.
Besides, I love organ music and symphonies and often listen to such music".
But first and foremost, he loves piano. When he has some time, he reads books and enjoy films.
"What I read are books related to music.
I love Chopin, so I spend some time reading Chopin's letters, diaries as well as his biography.
Reading about Chopin is quite interesting because it helps me find the aspects that I did not know."
He says he is not one of those who actively go out of home.
Cover of the Music magazine (2004)
"But I love watching films. I saw "The Pianist" which became talked about a lot.
It was quite impressive a story of the pianist who was able to survive thanks greatly to the music.
Once I happened to be in the same flight with Roman Polanski, the director of the film.
I asked him for a sign, but I did not talk with him about Chopin.."
"Szpilman, the protagonist, has a firm resolution as a pianist, energetic and really amazing,"
says Rafał quitely but with enthusiasm.
When he said "a firm resolution as a pianist," I felt the words correspond to his thoughts about how the pianist shold be.
Undeniably, for the 19 year-old young man, there is nothing better than piano and music.