15 March 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The Pianist cover star has wowed hundreds of audiences over the years with his sublime, controlled playing. Here we pick out just a few of our favourites.
Main image: ©Marco Borggreve
2005 Chopin Piano Competition: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11
Where else do we start other than at his 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition win? What. A. Performance.
Chopin Prelude No 24
Filmed in Hamburg, 2007, during his recording of the Chopin Preludes for Deutsche Grammophon. Magical stuff.
Debussy Pour le piano, L. 95, 2. Sarabande
Taken from another album recording session in 2011, Blechacz plays one of Debussy's Sarabandes for Deutsche Grammophon.
Chopin Concerto No 1, Second Movement 'Romance Larghetto'
Another magnificent interpretation of Chopin from his fellow Pole.
Rafał Blechacz appears on the cover of the Apr/May 2023 issue of Pianist.
Chopin Polonaise, Op 40 in A major
Blechacz won the Gilmore Artist Award back in 2014. Here he performs at The Greene Space in New York just after being announced as the award winner.
The award is given every four years to "an international pianist of any age and nationality following a rigorous and confidential selection process." It comes with $300,000 and is considered one of the preeminent awards in classical music.
Chopin Waltzes, Op 64 Nos 1 to 3
An absolute classic Chopin Waltz on display here, which Blechacz puts his stamp on.
Mozart Sonata No 8 in A minor, K. 310
A treat for the watching Italian crowd at Venice's Teatro La Fenice during the 2017/18 season.
Chopin Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58: II. Scherzo
Blechacz performs for Deutsche Grammophon in celebration of his brand new Chopin album released just last week.
You can listen to Rafał Blechacz's new album below.