Krzysztof Jablonski, F. Chopin International Piano Competition winner in 1985, has won numerous top prizes at other international piano competitions.
Mr. Jablonski was born in 1965 in Wroclaw, Poland. He started piano lessons at age six with Professor Janina Butor. Under her guidance he he won many prizes at piano competitions in Poland and performed his first concert with an orchestra at the age of 12. As the youngest competitor at age 15, he placed fifth at the Milan Piano Competition, "Premio Dino Ciani." Chairman of the Jury Nikita Magaloff then invited Mr. Jablonski to attend his Master Classes in Geneva, Switzerland. Between 1983 and 1986 he studied under the guidance of Professor Andrzej Jasinski at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. He graduated with honors in 1987, and in 1996 he earned his Ph.D.
Mr. Jablonski won third prize at The F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985. Between 1988 and 1992 he has won numerous top prizes at piano competitions in: Palm Beach (Florida, USA), Monza (Italy), Dublin (Ireland), Gold Medal at The A. Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (Israel), the "Jorge Bolet" Prize at the Walter Naumburg Foundation International Piano Competition in New York, and Second Prize at The Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada.
At age 20, Mr. Jablonski began performing on stages in Europe, North and South America, Mexico, Israel, South Korea, and Japan. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls, including appearances on the Master Concert Series at Berliner Philharmonie. Mr. Jablonski has also performed with prominent chamber music ensembles. He also founded "Chopin Duo" (Tomasz Strahl - Cello, Krzysztof Jablonski - Piano) in 1999. Since 2004 he is a Member of "The Warsaw Piano Quintet" (Kwintet Warszawski) which was first founded by Wladyslaw Szpilman in 1962. He is co-founder of the "Kulka Trio" together with K.A. Kulka and T. Strahl.
From 1999 to 2006 Mr. Jablonski was closely collaborating with Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw, Poland, performing regularly the music for a ballet entitled "Fortepianissimo", which was developed around the music of Chopin. Between 2002 and 2006 he was also frequently performing the original piano version of the C. Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande lyrique drama (opera).
Jablonski performed at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw with Orchestra of the 18th Century (Baroque Orchestra) conducted by Frans Brueggen on historical piano (Erard, built in 1849), during special series of concerts presenting Chopin's pieces performed in an original sound with the use of the instruments of that time for the first time in Poland. He was guest of such orchestras as the Berner Symphonie-Orchester, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, and the Festival Orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival. He was invited by Andrey Boreyko to perform Scriabin's "Promethee" with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw and Duesseldorfer Symphoniker. Recently Jablonski was successfully performing with Lahti Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Atso Almila, Arto Noras (Cello), Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio. He performed recitals during NATO Summit in Krakow, Poland as well as Opening Recital of the Chopin Year Celebration at the Senate of the Republic of Poland. He was also invited to perform music by F. Chopin during opening of the Wiener Opernball in Vienna together with the Vienna State Opera Ballet choreographed by Giorgio Madia. Jablonski just performed with National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the baton of such prominent conductors as Krzysztof Penderecki and Jerzy Maksymiuk. In 2010 he will be performing many concerts in conjunction with F. Chopin 200th Birth Anniversary Celebrations.
Mr. Jablonski has made many live recordings for radio and television in many countries. He has recorded many compact discs in Germany, Japan, and Poland. Jablonski also recorded three CDs (Etudes, Preludes and Impromptus and Works for Piano and Orchestra) in conjunction with The National Edition of F. Chopin's Works project, directed by Prof. J. Ekier. He has recorded Piano Quintets by G. Bacewicz and J. Zarebski with Warsaw Quintet and complete chamber works by F. Chopin with T. Strahl and K.A. Kulka.
Since 1994, Mr. Jablonski taught piano, initially at the Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland, and later, at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. He is a Full Professor of The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland since 2004. In addition to academic responsibilities, he presents Master Classes, lectures and adjudicates at international piano competitions. Jablonski was Jury Member of The XV International F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2005, International F. Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA, and The Seventh National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States. He served as Chair of the Jury of The Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition in March of 2010.
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