1 Rafał Blechacz talks about music interpretation (video).
(Philosophical discussion at his university. Yes he is a philosopher. →related interview)
2 Birthday wishes to our beloved pianist.
3 Rafał Blechacz comes to US and Canada and
Blechacz to perform Chopin's Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oct 26 /interviewed by BBC3
|Courtesy Torun's festival of|
Science and Arts website
I'm pleased to see increased accesses from Americas and other new countries.
I manage Japanese blog too and the trend of readers' favorite is similar, except that in Japanese blog, the most accessed post was;
Special album "In Solidarity with Japan" to be launched in Poland
with by far the biggest traffic.
The charity album was compiled in Poland with performances by outstanding Polish Chopin players (Blechacz, Zimerman, etc...), intended for benefiting the children hit by the quake/tsunami in Japan in March. Japanese people were very much grateful to the country of Chopin for extending helping hand with the special Chopin's album.
|Reesendamm Strasse, Hamburg|
Courtesy Deutsche Grammophon
In the following month, he began to give live concerts, first from America.
Feb. 6 Recital @Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota ☆☆★ podcast
Feb.11 Recital @Hill Auditorium, Michigan ☆★★♥♥♥
Feb.13 Chopin Concerto No.1 with Concertante (a string sextet) @Rackham Auditorium, Michigan ☆
Feb.18 Recital @Folly Theater, Kansas City ☆★
Feb.20 Recital @ @Herbst Theatre, SF ☆★★★
Feb.22 Recital and Chopin Concerto No.1 @ Winspear Centre, Edmonton ☆★
March 16, 17 Beethoven Concerto No.4 with Orchetre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi @ Salle Pleyel, Paris ☆
March 20 Recital @Casa de Cordón, Burgos, Spain ☆
March 22 Recital @ Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid ☆★
March 25 Recital @Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Italy ☆★★★
March 28 Recital @Musica Insieme, Bologna press release
April 7 Recital @Haus-Konzerte, Berlin press release ★
May 25 Recital for Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele @Rokokotheater ☆★
June 7 Recital @Salle Pleyel, Paris ☆★
June 27 Recital a recital for Tivoli Festival @Koncertsalen, Copenhagen ☆★
Sept.15 Concerto No.2 by Liszt with Orchestre National de Belgique Conductor: Antoni Wit @Palais des Beaux-Arts / Salle Henry Le Bœuf ☆★
Oct. 7 Recital @Kloster Polling, Bibliotheksaal, Weilheim ☆
Oct. 8 Recital @Prinzregententheater, Munich ☆ interview (podcast) is available on iTunes store (please search by "Blechacz").
Oct.14 Recital @ Konzerthaus Dortmund ☆
Oct.17 Recital @Kammermusiksaal, Berlin ☆★★
|from BBC3, Oct. 25|
Nov. 2 Recital @University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland ☆
Nov. 4 Recital @Victoria Hall, Geneva ☆
Nov. 7 Recital @Tonhalle Zürich ☆★
Nov. 11 Chopin concerto No.2 with Sinfonia Varsovia, conductor: Grzegorz Nowak @Salle Pleyel, Paris ☆★★★
In June, Rafał Blechacz was awarded The Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis by the Polish government.
|June 22 at the Medal awarding ceremony|
by Polish Government
Congratulations to our Pianist.
May the new year bring many more opportunities to your way, to explore every joy of music.
We are grateful to be able to appreciate your interpretation of Debussy and Szymanowski early next year.
In February, 2012, he will begin the new year's performance in Madrid and Rome with Beethoven's piano concerto No. 4. He will perform the concerto in La Scala, Milan and Smetata Hall, Prague in May as well.
Here he talks about his thoughts on this concerto by Beethoven (video interview from Orchestre de Paris website, shot in March 2011.)
|from Orchestre de Paris website|