Swedish-Polish pianist Peter Jablonski is internationally acclaimed for a natural fluency of playing which, coupled with an extraordinarily deep knowledge of piano repertoire, makes his performances timeless and captivating. While he counts Beethoven and Mozart piano concerti among his favourites, he has a deep appreciation for lesser-explored corners of the pianist’s repertoire, such as Barber, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, and Copland.
He is also an accomplished jazz drummer, classical percussionist, and conductor, and is in a rare position of having received recognition from such heavyweights of jazz as Miles Davis, and having performed with such legendary names as Buddy Rich and Thad Jones in the historic jazz club Village Vanguard in New York. This makes Jablonski a versatile and unique artist with an extraordinary breadth of understanding and insight into the masterpieces of piano repertoire he has been performing on major world stages for over twenty-five years.
Claudio Abbado praised Jablonski for his exquisite interpretations, and Ashkenazy, who recognised his talent early on, became a mentor and a great supporter throughout his career. Jablonski’s path to professional musical career included studying drums and percussion at Malmö Academy of Music, and composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He inherited a rich and distinguished piano performance tradition that harks back to Ravel, Gilels, and Neuhaus, through his professors Michał Wesołowski at Malmö (who studied with Ravel’s student Vlado Perlemuter), and Irina Zaritskaya at the RCM (a student of Jakov Flier, and Emil Gilels, who was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus).
In demand around the globe as one of the major interpreters of an eclectic list of works, Jablonski has performed with world’s leading orchestras that include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kirov, La Scala Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre Nationale de France, NHK Tokyo, DSO Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.
He worked with such composers as Witold Lutosławski and Arvo Pärt, and collaborated extensively with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, and Myung-Whun Chung.
Jablonski had a number of works composed for, and dedicated to him, including Wojciech Kilar’s Piano Concerto, which won him the Orpheus award for the world premiere performance at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.
His continuous passion for chamber music lead him to establish, as a founding director, what is now a well-known musical event in Swedish musical calendar—Karlskrona Chamber Music Festival. In 2007 he recorded cello sonatas of Prokofiev and Shostakovich with Ralph Kirshbaum for Altara label.
Jablonski’s extensive discography includes recordings he has made for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Altara labels for over twenty years. He received numerous awards for his recordings, which include the Edison award for best concerto recording of Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Lutoslawski’s Paganini Rhapsody with Ashkenazy and RPO for Decca. He also received the Grammophone Classical Music Award for his Deutsche Grammophone recording of works by Cécile Chaminade with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg.
Jablonski’s achievements have been recognised by the King of Sweden, who awarded him the Litteris et Artibus medal in 2005. In 2017 he has joined the keyboard faculty of the Royal College of Music as a professor of piano.