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Rafał Blechacz, piano
2014 Spivey Memorial Concert
“Blechacz’s playing was a revelation. The clarity, the finesse, the discipline with tempo and dynamics and the maturity of it were striking” (Gramophone).
Winner of the 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz is an interpreter of “engaging lucidity…he builds long melodic phrases, tells stories of a great emotional range” (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin), with “a gorgeous gift for the keyboard” (Corriere della Sera).
Born in 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland, Rafał Blechacz began his piano lessons at the age of five and continued his piano education in the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz. In May 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, the piano class of Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń.
Taking part in music festivals and competitions in his native Poland and all over the world, Blechacz won many prestigious prizes and awards. The most important among them being the 1st Prize and Grand Prix of the 13th All-Poland Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Gorzów Wielokpolski (1996), 2nd Prize of the 5th International Young Pianists Competition„ Artur Rubinstein in memoriam in Bydgoszcz (2002), 2nd Prize of the 5th International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan (2003), ex aequo with Alexandr Kobrin (the 1st Prize was not awarded).
The victory of 2005 in Warsaw opened the doors of the world’s most famous concert halls and festivals to him and his appearances have evoked enthusiasm and acclaim from music critics and concert goers around the world.
On May 29, 2006 Blechacz signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, becoming only the second Polish artist, after Krystian Zimerman, to be signed to this prestigious label.
Rafał Blechacz Pre-Concert Dinner: 6:30 PM Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Center. For menu details and complete dinner information click here
ProgramJ.S. BACH Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN "Pathétique" Sonata in C minor, Op. 13
Frederic CHOPIN Nocturne in A-flat major, Op. 32 No. 2; Polonaises, Op. 40;
Mazurkas, Op. 63;
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39