The Gilmore

Pre-concert talk begins at 7:00 PM. Free to ticket holders.

He has been described variously as a “Polish punker” (The New York Times) and “a pianist of inspirational brilliance” (The Guardian). Piotr Anderszewski returns to the Festival following a year spent touring with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and performing recitals in the major capitals of Europe. Our 2002 Gilmore Artist is recognized as one of today’s most gifted and individual musicians.

One reviewer wrote, “He appears less to perform existing repertoire than rebuild each piece from scratch, holding everything spontaneously in balance like a chef building cathedrals from spun sugar.”


Bach English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806
Bach Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831
Janáček Selections from “On an Overgrown Path,” Book II
Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Program Notes (PDF, 21 KB)

Piotr Anderszewski

Piotr Anderszewski

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 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.

An exclusive artist with Virgin Classics since 2000, Piotr Anderszewski has built up an impressive discography. His first recording on the Virgin label was Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive 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 received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including ‘Recording of the Year’.

Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, 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 film by 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.
In the 2013-14 seasons Anderszewski will appear with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, the Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonia Orchestra. He will also tour Scotland and Europe with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, playing and directing from the keyboard. His recital engagements include appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Berlin Schiller Theater. He will also partner violinist Nikolaj Znaider in recitals, as well as appearing with his regular chamber partners the Belcea Quartet.