Piotr Anderszewski

Biography

Born: April 4, 1969; Warsaw, Poland  
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski has developed into an artist seemingly with a taste for highly structured works, most particularly Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. But that does not mean his performances are dry, academic readings of the piano repertoire's great works. Rather, he has been praised for his sensitivity and imaginative interpretations.

Warsaw-born Anderszewski studied piano at the Lyon and Strasbourg conservatories, the Chopin
Read more Academy of Music in Warsaw, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He also attended master classes in Italy with Fou Ts'ong, Murray Perahia, and Leon Fleisher. The 1990 Leeds Piano Competition was the beginning of his career. There, he performed the Diabelli Variations, then followed that with Webern's Variations. However, in the middle of the Webern, he suddenly walked offstage, forfeiting the competition. He was not having an artistic fit of pique, but rather felt that the Beethoven performance spoke well enough for him. In fact, that Beethoven performance resulted in two important invitations: one to perform a solo recital at Wigmore Hall, the other to record the Variations for Teldec. He decided to turn down the offer from Teldec, feeling at the time that a studio recording would lose the spontaneity of a live recording. He began touring in Europe, most frequently appearing in London, but maintaining a home base in Paris, and for a time he toured the world with violinist Viktoria Mullova, also making his first recording with her. His first solo recordings were of Bach, Beethoven, and Webern. In 2000, he made his American debut and was given the Karol Szymanowski Award for his interpretations of that composer's works. The next year Anderszewski signed a recording contract with Virgin Classics. Finally, he was ready to record the Diabelli Variations, and filmmaker Bruno Monsaigneon documented the process and Anderszewski's thoughts on the work, much in the same way he had documented Glenn Gould performing the Goldberg Variations. The recording itself received high praise and several awards. Anderszewski's next project was performing and recording Mozart piano concertos while conducting from the piano. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Gilmore Prize, hoping to use some of the prize monies to record his favorite Szymanowski pieces. Read less
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  • 1.
    Classical Hits Of The Cinema
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 30756 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Piotr Anderszewski,  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Lorin Maazel,  Andrew Litton,  Piotr Anderszewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Piotr Anderszewski - Unquiet Traveller [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3077934 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Conductor:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
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    Piotr Anderszewski - Unquiet Traveller
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3077938 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Various
    Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Conductor:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 20 / Anderszewski, Scottish CO
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 44696 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Conductor:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 24 / Anderszewski, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45504 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Conductor:  Piotr Anderszewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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