At the 15th Warsaw International Chopin Competition in 2005, Rafal Blechacz walked off with not only the gold medal, but also prizes for the best performance of a mazurka, polonaise, concerto and sonata, as well as the audience award. Since that red-letter day, Blechacz is now recognized as one of the most outstanding pianists and musicians of his generation. In January of 2014, Blechacz received the Gilmore Artist Award, referred to within musical circles as the Nobel Prize of the piano world, for his musical and artistic achievements.
Acknowledged of course as an outstanding interpreter of the works of Chopin, Blechacz’s repertoire encompasses the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy and Szymanowski, having recorded many of the works of these composers for Deutsche Grammophon. His latest recording of the music of Bach has been highly praised both by critics and fellow musicians. A musical thinker as well as performer, Blechacz recently completed his doctorate in philosophy, with emphasis on aesthetics and the philosophy of music.
We welcome back to Vancouver Rafal Blechacz, and thank him for helping us celebrate our 20th birthday.