'Jablonski is a seasoned Bacewicz crusader [...] and it’s not hard to relish [his] dashing account [which is] as thought-provoking as it is engaging'.
David Fanning, Gramophone, June 2023
'As far as pianistic brilliance is concerned, Peter Jablonski is superior. ‘
Helsingin Sanomat, June 2023
'[Jablonski is] an authoritative, idiomatic and individual stylist, […]an epic, large-scale player who favours a wide range of dynamics and articulations.'
Jed Distler, Gramophone, November 2022
'...A pianist in full flower of his mature, imaginative artistry.'
Described in 2022 by the Gramophone as 'a pianist in full flower of his mature, imaginative artistry', Peter Jablonski is an award-winning internationally acclaimed Swedish pianist. He is among the leading pianists of his generation, and during the last thirty years on international stages has performed with over 150 orchestras, given over 2000 concerts, and has been on 25 tours of Japan. Discovered by Abbado and Ashkenazy and signed by Decca in his seventeenth year, he went on to perform, collaborate, and record with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, which include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kirov (now Mariinsky), La Scala Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre Nationale de France, NHK Tokyo, DSO Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Harding, Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, and Myung-Whun Chung.
He appeared in concert and recitals in famous venues around the world, which include the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican in London, Philharmonie Berlin, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, Salle Pleyel Paris, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among many others.
He has performed and recorded the complete piano concertos by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Bartók, and all piano sonatas by Prokofiev. During his three-decade-long career he developed a diverse repertoire that includes works by Barber, Gershwin, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Copland, Stenhammar, with most recent additions of such composers as Valborg Aulin, Elfrida Andrée, Ronald Stevenson, Alexey Stanchinsky, and Grażyna Bacewicz.
He worked with composers Witold Lutosławski and Arvo Pärt, and had a number of works composed for, and dedicated to him, including Wojciech Kilar’s Piano Concerto, for which he won the Orpheus award for the world premiere performance at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. He remains a supporter of today’s composers and regularly gives world premieres of new works.
Jablonski’s extensive discography includes recordings he has made for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Altara, Octavia, and Ondine labels. 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 was presented with the Grammophone Classical Music Award for his Deutsche Grammophone recording of works by Cécile Chaminade with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg.
Peter Jablonski is the recipient of the Litteris et Artibus medal for his services to culture, granted to him by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. He is also the winner of the prestigious prize Årets Svensk i Världen (International Swedish Personality of the Year), receiving it before ABBA and Astrid Lindgren. In May 2022 he was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
In 2022, he was asked to become a global ambassador for Karol Szymanowski, in a multi-year project in which Jablonski will perform and record the composer's music throughout Europe and rest of the world, and take part in a film about Szymanowski's life and work.
In December 2022, Peter Jablonski was awarded the prestigious French Academy Charles Cros Award, Contemporary Music, for his Bacewicz album.
Peter Jablonski maintains a busy recording schedule, and his forthcoming Ondine releases include the second volume of the complete mazurkas by Chopin in 2023, and works by Ronald Stevenson in 2024.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season included performances of Grażyna Bacewicz Piano Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), a recital tour of Sweden, and appearances in concerts and recitals in Poland, Germany, Japan, and Sweden.
Peter Jablonski will begin his 23/24 season with the Bacewicz residency with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in September 2023. Other engagements include Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3, directed from keyboard, with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, a tour of Japan, recitals in Sweden, UK, and his continuing stewardship of the Karlskrona International Piano Festival.
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