Final Concert

Piotr Anderszewski

Bach | Beethoven

Sun, 25.11. | 18.30 | No. 18516

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

17.11.-27.11. 2018



    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 2)
    Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major, BWV 886 (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 B major, BWV 892 (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 G-sharp minor, BWV 887 (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.

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    Piotr Anderszewski

    Piotr Anderszewski, who was born in 1969 in Warsaw, comes from a Polish-Hungarian family. He began taking his first piano lessons at the age of six; later, he studied at the Chopin Academy in his native city, at the Strasbourg and Lyon Conservatories, and at the University of Southern California. He found important artistic inspiration in courses with Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, and Leon Fleisher. With his debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 1991, Anderszewski launched his international career, which has taken him to all of the leading international concert halls and to such orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. His schedule for the 2018-19 season includes performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; additionally, he is artist-in-residence with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He will give recitals at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, as well as in Munich, New York, and San Francisco, and he also tours Europe with the Belcea Quartet. Anderszewski has received numerous distinctions for his recordings, including the Gramophone Award, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and the BBC Music Magazine Award. His most recent release, which appeared at the beginning of 2018, is an account of Mozart concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The Canadian director Bruno Monsaingeon has filmed several documentaries about Anderszewski; in 2016 Anderszewski himself directed the film Je m’appelle Varsovie, which centers around his hometown Warsaw. Piotr Anderszewski is a recipient of the Szymanowski Prize and the Gilmore Artist Award; he was awarded the Polonia Restituta Medal in 2015.

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

    October 2018

    Other dates

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