Piotr Anderszewski © Simon Fowler/Warner Classics
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.