Piotr Anderszewski, Piano
In 1990, during the semi-finals of the Leeds International Piano Competition, pianist Piotr Anderszewski abruptly walked off the stage. Though he had been a favorite to win, he was dissatisfied with his sound that day and decided to disqualify himself. This uncompromising choice catapulted his career, staking his spot as one of the world's most intriguing new pianists. He has since won the rare Gilmore Artist Award and a Royal Philharmonic Music Award. He has pursued a deliberately limited repertoire, working and reworking pieces until they approach perfection.
Bach and Beethoven are Anderszewski's touchstones. In Durham, he begins with selections from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier,' Bach's consummate set of keyboard preludes and fugues. Anderszewski ends the night with what may be his greatest obsession, Beethoven's 'Diabelli Variations,' an endlessly dynamic exploration of an 1819 waltz by Anton Diabelli. Anderszewski played 'Diabelli' on that fateful day in Leeds and kept with it, endlessly honing his interpretation. His vivid reading of 'Diabelli' is spellbinding, delivered with technical dexterity and deep emotional understanding.
Bach: Selected Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Beethoven: Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, op. 120 ("Diabelli" Variations)