Krystian Zimerman

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Krystian Zimerman

Background information
Born December 5, 1956 (age 53)
Poland ZabrzePeople's Republic of Poland
Genres Classical
Occupations Pianist

Krystian Zimerman (born December 5, 1956) is a Polish classical pianist, who is widely regarded as one of the finest pianists in the world.[1][2]



[edit] Biography

Zimerman was born in ZabrzePoland, and studied at the Katowice Conservatory under Andrzej Jasinski. His career was launched when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1976 and he made his début in the United States with the New York Philharmonic in 1979. He has toured widely and made a number of recordings. Since 1996 he has taught piano at the Academy of Music in BaselSwitzerland.

Zimerman is best known for his interpretations of Romantic music, but has performed a wide variety of classical pieces as well. He has also been a supporter of contemporary music. For example, Witold Lutoslawski wrote his piano concerto for Zimerman, who later recorded it. Amongst his best-known recordings are the piano concerti of Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann with conductor Herbert von Karajan; the Brahmsconcerti with Leonard Bernstein, the piano concerti of Frédéric Chopin once conducted by Carlo Maria Giuliniand a later recording conducted by himself at the keyboard; the Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos ofBeethoven under Bernstein (Zimerman himself lead the accompaniment of the Vienna Philharmonic from the keyboard in Beethoven's First and Second Concertos) ; the first and second piano concerti of Rachmaninoff; the piano concerti of Franz Liszt with Seiji Ozawa, the piano concerti of Maurice Ravelwith Pierre Boulez, and solo piano works by Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztClaude Debussy and Franz Schubert. Recently, Zimerman recorded Brahms'Piano Concerto No. 1 with Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle (DG 477 5413; Limited Edition DG 477 6021). The pianist has announced his retirement from public performance starting in 2011.[citation needed]

[edit] Criticism of US policy

Shortly after September 11, 2001, Zimerman's custom-made piano was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York City to give a recital atCarnegie Hall. The US Transportation Security Administration decided to destroy his piano, claiming the glue smelled like explosives.[3]

On April 26, 2009, Zimerman vowed to his audience at Los Angeles's Disney Hall that, in protest of American policy toward Poland, this would be his final appearance in the United States.[2][4] He had made a similar threat in 2006, stating he would not return until George W. Bush was out of office.[3]

[edit] Awards

This biography was most recently edited by...
holdik12 - 19 Dec 2019
dia604 - 30 Dec 2009