Piotr Anderszewski (2002)
2002 Gilmore Artist Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of today’s most inspired musicians and is a regular visitor to major concert venues around the world. In recent seasons he has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw in addition to recitals in Zurich, London, Paris and Tokyo, and a European tour with German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.
In recent seasons he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. 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.
Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the 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’.
Recognised 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.
Engagements in 2012-13 included recitals in many of the major musical centres, such as Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Zürich Tonhalle, London’s Southbank Centre and the Wiener Konzerthaus. Among his concerto engagements will be appearances with the Berlin Staatskapelle, London Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He also directed concerto performances from the keyboard with the Camerata Salzburg and his longstanding partners the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
In the 2014-15 season Anderszewski performed in recital at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tokyo Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall. His orchestral engagements included appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Symphoniker, and he will also make three appearances in Bamberg as part of a residency with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights included a series of recitals with the baritone Matthias Goerne in Vienna, Berlin and London.
Born in Warsaw to Polish-Hungarian parents, Anderszewski currently lives in Paris and Lisbon.