Performance Thursday, December 6, 2012 | 8 PM

Piotr Anderszewski

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
"It can be hard not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with pianist Piotr Anderszewski’s sensitive touch and potent imagination" (The New York Times). The charismatic pianist brings his ingenious interpretational prowess to some of Bach’s most spirited and popular keyboard works, including his sublimely beautiful Italian Concerto. The program also includes selections from his English and French dance suites—early works that have little to do with France and England, and everything to do with Bach’s genius in creating complex yet inviting and eminently listenable music.


  • Piotr Anderszewski, Piano


  • BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
  • BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
  • BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971
  • BACH English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811

  • Encore:
  • BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002



    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, Carnegie Hall, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Concert Hall, and Munich's Herkulessaal. His collaborations with orchestras have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker; the Boston, 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.

    An exclusive artist with Virgin Classics since 2000, Mr. Anderszewski has built an impressive discography. His first recording on the Virgin label was of Beethoven's "Diabelli" Variations, which received a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik. 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. Mr. Anderszewski's affinity with the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski is captured in a highly praised recording of the composer's solo piano works, which received a 2006 Gramophone Award. His most recent recording, devoted to solo works by Schumann, received an ECHO Klassik in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year.

    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 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 ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski Plays the Diabelli Variations, explores Mr. Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's "Diabelli" Variations, while the second, Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller, is an unusual artist portrait that captures the artist'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.

    Mr. Anderszewski's recent chamber music collaborations have included appearances with the Belcea Quartet and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. He has also curated and performed in a number of festivals devoted to the music of Szymanowski, most notably at Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall.

    Engagements in 2012-2013 include recitals in many of the world's major musical centers, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, London's Southbank Centre, and Vienna's Konzerthaus. Among Mr. Anderszewski's concerto engagements are appearances with the Staatskapelle Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra, and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He will also direct concerto performances from the keyboard with the Camerata Salzburg and his longstanding partners the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Bach's English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 (Gavotte)
Piotr Anderszewski, Piano
Virgin Classics

At a Glance

Piotr Anderszewski's all-Bach recital comprises "English," "French," and "Italian" works for keyboard. The pianist delivers two of German master J. S. Bach's English Suites (No. 3 and No. 6) as well as French Suite No. 5. Each of these three Baroque suites is a gem of inventiveness balanced within form, employing stylized European dances as a jumping-off point for endless variation and reinvention. In addition, Mr. Anderszewski offers the unassailable Italian Concerto, BWV 971, which finds the keyboardist in both the role of orchestra and soloist.
Program Notes
This performance is part of The 88 Keys - Students, and Keyboard Virtuosos I.