Krystian Zimerman to play concert in Warsaw
September 20, 2013
World-famous Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman is coming home to play a concert as part of the 56th International Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Classical Music Festival.
The one-night-only concert will take Sept. 22 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Zimerman will play the Piano Concerto by Witold Lutosławski to mark the 100 years since the composer’s birth and the 25 years since the concerto had its world premiere. The composer wrote the masterpiece specially for Zimerman.
Regarded as one of the greatest pianists in the world, Zimerman had his big break in 1975 when he won the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He went on to enjoy a brilliant career. Several months ago, Zimerman embarked on a world tour during which he has been playing Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto with the world’s most celebrated orchestras, including those in London, Paris and Berlin. During the Warsaw concert, he will play with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.
The concert will be divided into two parts. After the Piano Concerto, Zimerman will play Symphony No. 3 by Lutosławski, echoing a Warsaw Autumn concert he played 25 years ago with Lutosławski himself as the conductor. After the concert, Zimerman and the other musicians will meet the audience, just as they did 25 years ago.