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Blechacz in 2010

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Let me extend our heartfelt appreciation to Rafał Blechacz for these beautiful recitals/concerts in 2010.
☆: program website
★: review

Jan. 26  Concertvatorio G.Verdi, Milan  
Jan. 27  Teatro Comunale, Treviso, recital
Jan.30, 31, Feb.1, 2 Auditorium Parco della Musica - Sala Santa Cecilia, concerto in F (Andrey Boreyko)  
Feb.22 Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Chopin Birthday Week Inaugural Concert, concerto in F (Antoni Wit)  see Video  


"after five years of beautiful and wise development of his international career and at the same time maturing as an artistic personality, showed how deeply he enters into the understanding and feeling of the Chopin music.".(Nasz Dziennik)

Feb.26  Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art  
Feb.27  Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington DC  

"...a musician in service to the music, searching its depths, exploring its meaning and probing its possibilities. He plays with humility and absolute clarity and you might even call his approach dutiful, but that would leave the false impression that he is dry and academic". (Washington Post)

March 5  Industries Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, NC
March 6  Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia  
March 25  Victoria Hall, Geneva  
March 29  Zürich Tonhalle  
April 20  Aula of UMK (Hall of Nicolaus Copernicus University)  photos 1 2 3 4

"…Of course Chopin in my country is a very important composer and when I play Chopin especially after my winning there was something something special.
I’m always very happy when I can play for Polish people in our concert halls…".
(Rafał Blechacz in an interview with Fred Child, Washington DC, US, March 2010)

April 27  Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels  
May 9  Amsterdam Concertgebouw
May 14  Rokokotheater, Schloss Schwetzingen
May 20  Łódź, Concerto in F (Christian Ehwald)   
May 25  Aula of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Concerto in F (Wojciech Rodek)   photos 1 2 3


"In Chopin's music there are a lot of pains and sorrows but also hope that in hard times currently experienced by the Poles is all very much needed." (Rafał Blehcacz)




June 12  Koncerthaus Dortmund
June 14  Salle Pleyel, Paris   
June 16  Nohant   
June 27  Gastkonzert Bad Kissingen, Concerto in F with Wiener Symphoniker (Philippe Auguin)     
July 13  Teatro dei Rozzi, Siena, when the 27th International Prize of Accademia Musicale Chigiana was given   award
Aug. 5  A.P. Møller Skolen, Schleswig for Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival  (English)
Aug 6  Kolosseum, Lübeck   (2nd from the top)
Aug. 27  Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian  
Aug 29  Plaza de la Cartoixa in Valldemossa  

"I chose two Polish and one French composers to show the various relationships that exist between them. Szymanowski is not as well known as Chopin, but his music is very interesting because it conveys emotions and because of its harmonies. In turn, it is a little impressionistic, like Debussy and what I want to do is to show the connections that exist between Debussy and Szymanowski and between Szymanowski and Chopin".(Rafał Blechacz)

Oct. 3  Osaka The Symphony Hall, Concerto in F with Century Orchestra Osaka (Naoto Otomo) + recital
Osaka, October 3
Oct. 6  Tokyo Suntory Hall, Concerto in F with The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Naoto Otomo) + recital  ☆  photos1 2
Oct. 9  Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall
Oct. 11  Yokohama Philia Hall  photos
Oct. 15  Kawaguchi Lilia Hall
Oct. 17  Osaka The Symphony Hall
Oct. 19  Tokyo Opera City Hall  
Oct. 21  Acros Fukuoka Symphony Hall   photos
Oct. 23  Yokohama Minato-mirai Hall
(From Japan tour program booklet  


Nov. 10  Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Concerto in E with Sinfonia Varsovia (Jerzy Semkow)  
Nov. 18, 21  Hamburg, Laeiszhalle, Concerto in E with NDR Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański)   
Nov. 19  Kieler Schloss  ditto
Nov. 30   Chamber Music Hall, Berliner Philharmonie    
Dec. 7  Queen Elizabeth Hall, London  
Dec. 10  Konzerthaus, Vienna, Concerto in E with ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra (Cornelius Meister)
Dec. 13  Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle (Beethoven-Saal), Stuttgart
Received Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Prize of the German Record Critics) Award

"Blechacz’s playing boasts of impeccable technique and youthful verve. More than that, the creative power of the young performer affects. His beautifully balanced rubati, extract melodic phrases with a restrained magic and plunge us into the 'sweet abyss' (Heine) that makes Chopin's art so compelling". 
( Prof. Lothar Prox, chairman of the jury)



May the new year 2011 be full of happiness, wonderful experiences for Rafał!