Peter Jablonski plays Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 1 with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott, 2022. Photo credit @N.Ikegami.TSO
'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
Described 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 30 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 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National de France, L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, NHK Tokyo, La Scala Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Mariinsky, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR), Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Harding, Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Myung-Whun Chung, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Marie Jacqout. He toured internationally with orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France. 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, Bacewicz, 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 became 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 series of short films about Szymanowski's life and work. In December 2022, Peter Jablonski was awarded the prestigious French Academy Charles Cros Award, Contemporary Music, for his recording of Grażyna Bacewicz's piano music. 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. Peter Jablonski began his 23/24 season with the Bacewicz residency with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Marie Jacquot. Forthcoming appearances include recitals at Wigmore Hall, London, Seoul Arts Centre, and concerts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. February 2024 Not to be altered without permission