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Krystian Zimerman

Biography

Born: December 5, 1956; Zabrze, Poland  
Krystian Zimerman stands as one of the most sensitive and controversial concert pianists to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century. His extensive recordings with Deutsche Grammaphon cover a broad range of repertoire from the classical period to modernity, including the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, important works by Schubert, Liszt, Grieg, Bartók, and Szymanowski, and all of Debussy's preludes. At the same time, Read more early in his career Zimerman established a reputation for maintaining dauntingly high personal artistic standards, being very selective in undertaking projects, and limiting himself to only a small number of concert engagements each year.

Initially a student of his pianist father, and later, Andrzej Jasinski and Artur Rubinstein, Zimerman demonstrated his nuanced and distinctive technique at a young age. He was already concertizing as a very young boy, and was not yet 20 years old when he took first prize in the 1975 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. During the 1980s and 1990s, Zimerman performed concertos with the world's finest orchestras and conductors, including the premiere of Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto (which was composed for and dedicated to the pianist).

Zimerman's creation of the Polish Festival Orchestra in 1999 remains one of his greatest accomplishments. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Chopin, Zimerman personally selected an ensemble of young musicians, which he then led in unusually numerous and rigorous rehearsals of Chopin's two piano concertos. The orchestra developed a highly idiomatic sound, one that brought out intricate subtleties from Chopin's oft-maligned orchestral scores and illuminated a new level of interplay between soloist and orchestra in these works. Once they had fully developed their unique approach, Zimerman and the PFO undertook extensive world tours, performing Chopin's piano concertos for audiences the world over. They also released a recording that sold out quickly and caused a noted division among critics, who, as is has often been the case with Zimerman's work, were sharply divided between engaged enthusiasts and appalled traditionalists. Read less
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  • 1.
    Kyung Wha Chung - Complete Decca Recordings [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217700 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Sibelius,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Radu Lupu,  Myung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  André Previn,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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  • 3.
    Pierre Boulez: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093202 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 6.
    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    Ravel, Debussy / Pierre Boulez [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Franklin Cohen,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Lisa Wellbaum,  Alison Hagley  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Debussy Edition [18-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676372 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Franklin Cohen,  Jean-Rodolphe Kars,  Vera Badings,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Liszt - The Collection [34-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001571102 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Shura Cherkassky,  Jorge Bolet,  John Ogdon  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Herbert von Karajan,  Iván Fischer,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Bacewicz: Piano Sonata No 2, Quintets No 1 & 2 /  Krystian Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001538302 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grazyna Bacewicz
    Performer:  Ryszard Groblewski,  Agata Szymczewska,  Kaja Danczowska,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
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    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    The Art Of Chopin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078948 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Evgeni Kissin,  Martha Argerich,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin Complete Edition [17-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001382602 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Martin Martineau,  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Krystian Zimerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish Festival Orchestra
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  • 14.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    Chopin Compact Edition - Concerto No 1, Scherzo, Ballade No 2 / Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431580 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Chopin Compact Edition - Mazurkas, Ballade, Walzer / Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431589 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
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  • 17.
    Bernstein Conducts Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001227309 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Beethoven / Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001212909 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  René Kollo,  Hanna Schwarz,  Edda Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 19.
    Chopin & Schubert / Krystian Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001148609 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
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  • 20.
    Beethoven: The Piano Concertos / Zimerman, Bernstein, Vpo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001005409 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Bernstein - Brahms / Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000983109 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Mischa Maisky,  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000983309 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Zimerman, Rattle, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000620302 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Stravinsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Homero Francesch,  Paul Hudson,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Bach Festival Choir,  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble  ... 
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    Bartók: Piano Concertos No 1-3 / Boulez, Zimerman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000388502 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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