Performance Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 8 PM

Piotr Anderszewski

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“It can be hard not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with the pianist Piotr Anderszewski's sensitive touch and potent imagination,” declared The New York Times. Known for his individuality and fresh interpretations, Anderszewski is renowned for his musical intellect and thoughtful approach. The Guardian said, “The tone and touch of Anderszewski's playing are so seductive that it is easy to forget how classically correct a musician he is.”


  • Piotr Anderszewski, Piano


  • BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831
  • SCHUMANN Novelette in F-sharp Minor, Op. 21, No. 8
  • SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
  • BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808

  • Encores:
  • BARTÓK Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csík, BB 45b
  • BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in G Major, Op. 126, No. 1
  • BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in G Minor, Op. 126, No. 2
  • BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 3

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Piotr Anderszewski 

    Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. In recent seasons, he has given recitals at London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. His orchestral collaborations have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker; the Chicago and London symphony orchestras; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

    Mr. Anderszewski has recorded exclusively with Warner Classics / Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first release on the label was of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which received a number of prizes, including Choc du Monde de la Musique and ECHO Klassik awards. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach's partitas nos. 1, 3, and 6, as well as a critically acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. His affinity for the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski is captured in a highly praised recording of that composer's solo piano works, which received a Gramophone Award in 2006. His  recording of solo works by Schumann received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year. A disc featuring Bach's English Suites nos. 1, 3, and 5 has just been released.

    Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Mr. Anderszewski has been singled out for several high-profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent.

    He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon for the European television channel Arte. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski Plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's Op. 120; the second, Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller (2008), is an unusual artist portrait, capturing the pianist's reflections on music, performance, and his Polish-Hungarian roots. A third film by Monsaingeon, Anderszewski Plays Schumann, was made for Polish television and first broadcast in 2010.

    In the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Anderszewski can be heard in recital at Vienna's Konzerthaus and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. His orchestral engagements include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, as well as three appearances in Bamberg as part of a residency with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights include a series of recitals with baritone Matthias Goerne in Vienna, Berlin, and London.

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Chopin's Mazurka No. 39 in B Major, Op. 63 No. 1
Piotr Anderszewski, Piano

At a Glance

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831

Bach’s Clavier-Übung, published in four installments, included his partitas, the Italian Concerto, and this “overture after the French manner.” It has no fewer than 11 movements, almost all in B minor, beginning with an expansive French Overture.

ROBERT SCHUMANN  Novelette in F-sharp Minor, Op. 21, No. 8

The unusually titled, energetic miniatures of Schumann’s Op. 21, which the composer described as “tales of adventure,” together represent his largest yet least well known cycle of piano pieces. The eighth Novelette is the lengthiest, most ambitious, and final installment of the set.

ROBERT SCHUMANN  Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17

Like most of Schumann’s solo piano works of the 1830s, the C-Major Fantasy was a musical valentine to his future bride, Clara Wieck. The music blends the personalities of the composer’s fictitious alter egos: the stormy, impulsive Florestan and the dreamy, ruminative Eusebius.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808

The misleadingly named English Suite No. 3 conforms to the classical pattern of the instrumental dance suite as it evolved in France, Germany, and elsewhere in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Keyboard Virtuosos I Mini.