Rafał Blechacz

Born 30 June 1985
Rafał Blechacz
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1985-06-30
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Rafał Blechacz

Rafał Blechacz Biography (Wikipedia)

Rafał Blechacz (pronounced; born June 30, 1985 Nakło n. Notecią, Poland) is a Polish classical pianist.

Blechacz began piano lessons at the age of five, and enrolled in the National Arthur Rubinstein Music School in Bydgoszcz three years later. In May 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz with professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. He won second prize at the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz in 2002, second prize at the 4th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2003 (no first prize was awarded), and first prize at the International Piano Competition in Morocco in 2004.

On October 21, 2005, he became the sole recipient of all five first prizes at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, taking First Prize and the polonaise, mazurka, sonata, and concerto prizes. No other pianist has achieved this feat. According to ABC News, one of the judges, Professor Piotr Paleczny, said that Blechacz "so outclassed the remaining finalists that no second prize could actually be awarded." According to PBS, another judge, John O'Conor, opined "He is one of the greatest artists I have had a chance to hear in my entire life". Blechacz was the first Pole to win the prize (given every five years) since 1975, when Krystian Zimerman won.

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Frédéric Chopin
Prelude in D flat major, Op 39 No 2, 'Raindrop'
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Prelude in D flat major, Op 39 No 2, 'Raindrop'
Joseph Haydn
Piano Sonata No 62 in E flat major, H XVI 52 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 62 in E flat major, H XVI 52 (3rd mvt)
Claude Debussy
L'isle joyeuse
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L'isle joyeuse
Frédéric Chopin
Prelude in G major, Op 28 No 3
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Prelude in G major, Op 28 No 3
Johannes Brahms
Concerto No. 1 In D Minor Op.15 For Piano And Orchestra
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Concerto No. 1 In D Minor Op.15 For Piano And Orchestra
Joseph Haydn
Sonata in E flat major H.16.52
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Sonata in E flat major H.16.52
Johann Sebastian Bach
Scherzo, No 6 of Partita No 3 in A minor, BWV 827
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Scherzo, No 6 of Partita No 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Rafał Blechacz
Partita No.1 in B Flat Major, 2. Allemande
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Partita No.1 in B Flat Major, 2. Allemande
Claude Debussy
Pour le piano
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Pour le piano
Rafał Blechacz
Concerto No. 2 In F Minor Op.21 For Piano And Orchestra - Allegro vivace
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Concerto No. 2 In F Minor  Op.21 For Piano And Orchestra - Allegro vivace
Rafał Blechacz
24 Préludes, No. 15 Op. 28 in D flat Major "Raindrop"
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24 Préludes, No. 15 Op. 28 in D flat Major "Raindrop"
Frédéric Chopin
2 Polonaises Op.40 for piano (feat. Rafał Blechacz)
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2 Polonaises Op.40 for piano (feat. Rafał Blechacz)
Frédéric Chopin
24 Preludes Op.28 for piano
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24 Preludes Op.28 for piano
Frédéric Chopin
Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 (Eroica) for piano
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Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 (Eroica) for piano
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