Pianist Rafał Blechacz performs on Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.
The series is pleased to welcome back this Polish pianist after a three-year hiatus in a program featuring Mozart’s A-minor Rondo, K. 511 and A-minor Sonata, K. 310; Beethoven’s A-minor Sonata, Op. 101; Schumann’s G-minor Sonata, Op. 22, No. 2; and Chopin’s 4 Mazurkas, Op. 24 and Polonaise No. 6, Op. 53.
Blechacz is the winner of the Gilmore Artist Award in January 2014—one of the most prestigious music awards in the world awarded every four years to an extraordinary concert pianist. In October 2005, Blechacz won all prizes of the Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition. Recent highlights include performances with the Montreal Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In recital he performed in London’s Wigmore Hall, Cambridge, Southampton, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Vienna. In recital, he can be heard in London’s Wigmore Hall, Cambridge University and Southampton University series, in Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna, and in October 2014, he made his debut recital in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
He is an exclusive recording artist of Deutsche Grammophon. His debut CD of Chopin Préludes won a German Echo Klassik and French Diapason D’or Award. In Spring 2012, Blechacz’s recording of works by Debussy and Szymanowski was released, winning “Recording of the Month” from Gramophone Magazine and the Echo Klassik 2012 in the category "Solo Recording of the Year." In Feb. 2017, he presented his seventh album featuring works of Bach.
Individual tickets are $30. All students are free.