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Jan 24, 2010

Blechacz tours in Italy (previews)(2)

resiaartists.it (Italian) provides a concert calendar and bios of the artists.
Rafał Blechacz is introduced for the recitals he is giving in Milan and Treviso on Jan. 26 & 27.
You already know about what is written here but I'm posting this as an example of promotional notices of artistic activities well done in Italy.

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Born in Naklo nad Notecia in 1985, Rafał Blechacz began studying piano at age of 5 in a music school of his hometown. At age of 8, he was enrolled in Arthur Rubinstein School in Bydgoszcz in the class of Jacek Polanski.

In the period 1996-99 he has won numerous awards in national competitions and in September 2000, he started taking courses under Katarzyna Popowa- Zydrón at the Academy of Music in Bygdoszcz.

In 2002 he won the 2nd Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Arthur Rubinstein in Bygdoszcz and the following year he was the joint winner of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan and in 2004 he won the 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition in Morocco.

These successes culminated in the 1st prize for Rafał Blechacz that he won unanimously in October 2005 at the Warsaw Chopin Competition (second prize was not awarded).

Besides the top prize, was also awarded three special prizes: the Polish Radio Award for "best performance of mazurkas, the Polish Chopin Society Award for" Best performance of Polonaise and the Warsaw Philharmonic Award for "the best concerto performances. He also won the award instituted by Krystian Zimerman for "the best performance of sonatas.

The jury had no hesitation to crown Blechacz, and Andrej Jasinski, secretary of the jury (the only teacher who ever had Zimerman) said: "I realized from the first round of the competition that the candidate of 1st Prize was Rafał Blechacz. The competition involved many virtuosos, but beyond the virtuosity we need to hear the right approach to the music of Chopin and Rafał owns it. "

Following his triumph at the Chopin Competition, Rafał Blechacz is in great demand for recitals and concerts in various musical capitals of Europe and the Far East. In 2006 he played in the Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Having his replaced in July 2006, at short notice, Lang Lang in Verbier Médran Hall, the English critic has so written in the newspaper Le Temps: "Chopin fits him well like a glove. In much the same way Zimerman performs this music with the astonishing ease. Its control, the noble phrasing, the ability to defuse a melody without affectation - all this gives him a special connotation. "

Next projects committed until the end of 2006; the Zurich Tonhalle, in twelve major recital halls in Japan, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal Monaco, Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels .

However, despite being in great demand, this artist wisely prefers to maintain an agenda that will allow him to develop fully the music he plays.

In a recent interview with Rafał Blechacz he says:
"I choose and organize the concerts programms to transmit freshness and joy. In my interpretation, I try not to be influenced by other pianists, because this could alter the internal balance that I should have reached after a long preparation. Another thing I want is to broaden my repertoire and that takes time to prepare. I prefer to work on pieces at home, quietly, and show to the public only later " 

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