Final Concert

Piotr Anderszewski

Bach | Beethoven

Sun, 18516

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Piano Festival

17.11.-25.11. 2018



    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 876 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Prelude and Fugue in D-sharp minor, BWV 877 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major, BWV 886 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 870 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120

    Piotr Anderszewski and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations have a long history together. Normally, pianists take on this late work, which is extremely demanding when it comes to interpretation, only when they have reached the zenith of their artistic experience. But Anderszewski was already studying it at age 19, and he chose to introduce himself with it at the famous Leeds Piano Competition in 1990. At that time, everyone saw him as the sure winner, but Anderszewski himself was so dissatisfied with his performance that he dropped out during the semifinals: a radical step that earned him great respect and only helped his career. Ten years later, his interpretation had matured to such an extent that the director Bruno Monsaingeon made a film about it. And today, after nearly two more decades, Anderszewski has once again turned to the legendary cycle, attaining still another level: “Perhaps the most convincing reading of the Diabelli I’ve ever heard in the concert hall,” wrote Andrew Clements in The Guardian after the Polish poet of the piano played the work in London in April 2018.

    Piotr Anderszewski

    Piotr Anderszewski, who was born in 1969 in Warsaw, comes from a Polish-Hungarian family. He began learning piano at the age of six and later studied at the Chopin Academy in his native city, at the Conservatories of Strasbourg and Lyon, and at the University of Southern California. He acquired important influences for his artistry from courses with Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, and Leon Fleisher. With his debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 1991, Anderszewski launched an international career that since then has led to appearances at all the major international concert halls and with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. During the 2017-18 season, he is concertizing with the Vienna and Munich Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. He will additionally give recitals in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Dortmund, Vienna, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona. Piotr Anderszewski has won many awards for his recordings, including two Gramophone Awards and two Echo Klassik Awards, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and the BBC Music Magazine Award. His most recent album, which he released in the spring of 2017, is of fantasias by Mozart and Schumann. The Canadian director Bruno Monsaingeon has produced three documentaries about Anderszewski, which appeared in 2001, 2008, and 2010, respectively. Piotr Anderszewski has received the Szymanowski Prize and the Gilmore Artist Award; the Royal Philharmonic Society in London selected him as Best Instrumentalist of 2001. He was named to the Order Polonia Restituta in 2015.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 September 2001 playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Karol Szymanowski.

    November 2017

    Other dates

    17.30 | Introduction to the Concert (in German) with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium