PORTLAND – PCA Great Performances will present Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Merrill Auditorium.

Anderszewski launched his international career in London in 1991 with a recital featuring Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations.” Anderszewski has continued to capture the attention of critics and audiences with his interpretations and commanding technique.

The program will include Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in A Major” and “Prelude and Fugue in A minor” from “The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II”; the “English Suite No. 6 in D minor” and “Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major.” It also will feature Chopin’s “Three Mazurkas” and Szymanowski’s “Métopes.”

In 2002, Anderszewski received the Gilmore Artist Award. The $300,000 award is given every four years to a pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma, and who can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. He is only the fourth pianist to receive the prize.

In 2001, Anderszewski received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Best Instrumentalist Award. It was given for his concerto and chamber music performances throughout the United Kingdom, in particular at the 2000 Cheltenham Festival, where he was artist in residence. He has also received the Szymanowski Prize for his interpretation of that composer’s music.

Born in 1969 to Polish-Hungarian parents, he began playing the piano at the age of 6 and studied at the Lyon and Strasbourg Conservatories, the University of Southern California and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

Tickets for the concert are $28 and $38. They are available through PortTix, the box office at Merrill Auditorium, (207) 842-0800.

People also can order tickets online at www.pcaGreat-Performances.org. Senior, student and group discounts are available.


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