Krystian Zimerman

Piano

Biography

Although he performed on stage for the first time in 1962 as a seven-year-old boy, Krystian Zimerman’s “real career” began after a series of competition wins in 1975.

Since then Mr. Zimerman has performed more than 2,000 concerts worldwide, with 138 conductors as partners on stage, in recitals and chamber music concerts?of which a complete list will be published together with other statistics on his website, Krytianzimerman.com, in December of 2016.

In Japan alone, where he has been appearing since 1978, he has performed over 200 concerts, recitals and chamber music concerts.

For 40 years he has regularly collaborated and made recordings with the leading orchestras, such as the Berlin Phil, Vienna Phil, LSO, BBC, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, and others, working on projects with conductors like Karajan, Bernstein, Ozawa, Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, and Giulini.

Mr. Zimerman has performed over 50 times in each of numerous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall London, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Hall, and various concert halls in Paris.

Both his art and his life are based on a commitment to fairness, responsibility and honesty towards his audience.

Mr. Zimerman has been awarded several honorary doctorates and orders from both Poland and France, including the highest Polish non-military award, the Polonia Restituta Commandeur Cross with Star, in 2013, and in 2005 the French Légion d’honneur from President Chirac for promoting French music around the world.

His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary in solo, chamber music, and orchestra repertoire. Several composers have written piano concertos for him.

His recording of the Lutoslawski Piano Concerto, written for him in 1989, received the highest recording awards, and in 1992 he was awarded Gramophone magazine’s highest award, Artist of the Year, having received in several previous years the regular Gramophone award, eight Edisons, and many Grand Prix in Paris. For his recording of Chopin concertos with an orchestra specially created by him, in which project he served as both conductor and pianist, he received a Gold record as well as four Platinum records. The highest, the Platinum, was awarded four consecutive times because the recording broke through the existing records one by one.

His recordings have been released exclusively by Deutsche Grammophon since 1976.

Mr. Zimerman protects his privacy with iron determination, and is completely uninterested in the idea of a career as a goal.

His interests range far beyond music.

He has also taken a firm stand when democracy in various countries has been at risk, which has caused him difficulties since the early 1980s, when he had to leave his home country. He speaks out for societal awareness of protection of human rights and freedom of expression, and is an articulate critic of imperialism in any form. He is convinced that the way to protect democracy in the years to come will be based on an aware and consciously participating and vigilant society which controls its government, not the other way around.

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