Rafał Blechacz, photo by Felix Broede (source: www.blechacz.net)
Winner of the first prize at the 2005 Chopin Competition Rafał Blechacz performs a recital of Chopin's works at the Berlin Philharmonic at the end of November

The Chamber Hall at the Berlin Philharmonic is to be filled with the best of the Polish composer's ballades, polonaises, mazurkas and the Scherzo b-minor, performed by one of the best Polish pianists of his generation.

Rafał Blechacz was born June 30, 1985 in the town of Nakło nad Notecią. He began studying the piano at the age of five. Three years later he matriculated into the Artur Rubinstein Music School in Bydgoszcz. Between 1996-1999 he won a number of prizes at national competitions throughout Poland. In 2005 he won first prize at the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. He completed his studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in 2007, having studied under Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń.
"... One of the most finely honed pianists of his generation... The playing itself is full of flair and charm... (and) sparkles with wit and character. With brisk tempos he conveys both serious intent and huge enjoyment, giving the music shape and driving momentum... this is a young man's view of a young man's music. Do hear him."
BBC Music Magazine, London, December 2008
The following Chopin's works are on the programme at Blechacz's Berlin recital:
  • Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
  • Three Waltzes, Op. 34
  • Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
  • Two Polonaises, Op. 26
  • Four Mazurkas, Op. 41
  • Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

    Berliner Philharmonie
    Kammermusiksaal
    Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
    10785 Berlin

Source: Polish Institute in Berlin.