Piotr Anderszewski is widely regarded as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation. Since first coming to public attention at the 1990 Leeds Piano Competition, he has become a familiar figure on the international concert platform, recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations.
Anderszewski's performances in the 2004-05 season included recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Zankel Hall, New York and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. He also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Anderszewski has made a number of highly-praised recordings since becoming an exclusive artist with Virgin Classics in 2000. His first release for Virgin was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, a disc which received exceptional critical acclaim, including a Diapason d'or and a Choc du Monde de la Musique in France. The recording was also the subject of a film by Bruno Monsaingeon, creator of documentaries on Sviatoslav Richter, Yehudi Menuhin and Glenn Gould. Other notable releases have included a disc of Mozart piano concerti, which was nominated for a Gramophone Award, and a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach's Partitas 1, 3 and 6. Anderszewski's latest disc of solo pieces by Szymanowski was released in May 2005, to rave reviews.
Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards - the prestigious Szymanowski Prize in 1999 for his interpretations of the composer's music and, in 2001, the Royal Philharmonic Society's '2000 Best Instrumentalist' award. In April 2002 he was named Gilmore Artist, succeeding previous winner Leif Ove Andsnes. Described by the prestigious award's advisory panel as 'truly extraordinary', Anderszewski will be Gilmore Laureate until 2006, appearing regularly at the Gilmore keyboard festival in Michigan and receiving financial assistance towards his career goals.
Anderszewski's 2005-06 season will include a recital tour of Japan and appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia - plus concerts with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Houston. 2005-06 also marks the beginning of a play/direct collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in which Anderszewski will perform extensively with the SCO and record a disc of Mozart piano concerti.