Piano

Peter Jablonski


Founder and Artistic Director, Carlscrona Chamber Music Festival in Sweden


Jablonski’s unique blend of Scandinavian introspection and Eastern European sensitivity, combined with an affinity for the extroversion and optimism of the 20th-century American repertoire, makes him a multi-faceted artist who brings freshness, panache and depth to the concert hall. With a career spanning over 20 years, Jablonski has performed and recorded with the world’s finest orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic and NHK Tokyo to name a few. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen among others.

Peter Jablonski in Portugal

29 Sep 2014

Peter Jablonski will give three performances in Portugal in October. On October 12th he will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Metropolitana de Lisboa at the Centro Cultural...

Peter Jablonski returns to Qatar

26 Aug 2014

Peter Jablonski returns to Qatar next week to perform Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Han-Na Chang. The concert takes place in the...

Peter Jablonski at the Chopin and His Europe Festival

14 Aug 2014

Peter Jablonski performed at the very successful Carlscrona Classic International Music Festival in Sweden at the beginning of August. The festival, organised by Peter and his brother Patrik, took...

Korean premiere of Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante

31 May 2014

Peter Jablonski has just released a new CD with Octavia Records of Lyric Pieces and Ballade Op.24 by Edvard Grieg. Following his recent recital in Santiago de Chile, Peter now looks forward to...

Peter Jablonski returns to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile

28 May 2014

Peter Jablonski returns to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile on June 4th to perform as part of their Great Pianists series. The programme of his solo recital includes works by Szymanowski...

Peter Jablonski returns to Istanbul

04 Mar 2014

Peter Jablonski returns to Istanbul for a recital at the renowned Sakip Sabanci Museum on March 13th. The programme will include Mozart Fantasy in D minor, Grieg Ballade in G minor, Rachmaninov...

Peter Jablonski makes Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra debut

07 Feb 2014

Peter Jablonski makes his debut this week with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Dmitri Kitajenko. Jablonski will perform Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Qatar...

Peter Jablonski returns to Japan

07 Nov 2013

Earlier this month Peter Jablonski gave a series of highly successful recitals in Japan culminating in a performance at Tokyo Opera City in the programme of Prokofiev, Bach, Rachmaninov and Grieg...

Peter Jablonski's summer of festivals

04 Jul 2013

Last week Peter Jablonski completed a series of successful festival appearances including Seoul Spring Music Festival,...

Peter Jablonski and the RPO receive four star review

25 Apr 2013

Peter Jablonski gave another highly acclaimed performance on his return to London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. On April 10th performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a...

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“Jablonski's playing was superbly well-tooled technically, with forensic terracing of dynamics, and an ability to make audible individual notes within tightly clustered chord sequences. His account of the closing Andante moderato e tranquillo, a fugal homage to the baroque composer Frescobaldi, was beautifully weighed and measured pianistically, unfolding with impressive gravity of utterance. A similarly scrupulous sensibility informed Jablonski's patiently probing traversal of the Augmented Canon in Inverted Motion from Bach's Art of Fugue, which opened the concert. Thoughtfulness, rather than self-advertisement, was also the keynote of the Chopin Mazukas and Lyric Pieces by Grieg which came after the interval, and while the Grieg Ballade was resoundingly virtuosic in places, it was the poetic restraint of Jablonski's playing which left the more enduring impression. At encore time, he unleashed his more flamboyant side in Earl Wild's transcription of Gershwin's Embraceable You: a delectable tailpiece to a recital rich in interest and thought-provoking musical content.”

Belfast Telegraph - Apr 2013

“(...) After the interval came works by Gershwin, Copland and Samuel Barber. The jazzy extroversion with which he tackled Gershwin's Three Preludes for Piano spoke volumes about his fondness for this music, while Earl Wild's transcription of Embraceable You was breathtaking in its dexterity and finesse. Muted and Sensuous, the fourth of Copland's Four Piano Blues, was a wonderful mix of sleaze and elegance. The case for Barber's Sonata – with its angular lines and sparse sonorities – could not, meanwhile, have been better put. There was one encore – Debussy's Feux d'artifice, sensationally played.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian - Feb 2012

“(...) Reports of Jablonski’s disarming openness and the generosity of his playing were more than confirmed. But there was a great deal more going on – in terms of his acute response to style and scale, with moments of heart-stopping lyricism, barnstorming bravura and coruscating brilliance. (...) His playing had the sort of magisterial certainty that you used to get from Jorge Bolet, and Jablonski was superb at suspending the transformed final appearance of the main theme over a seething cauldron of red-hot accompaniment.”

Peter Reed, Classicalsource.com - Jan 2012

Born in Sweden to Swedish and Polish parents, Peter Jablonski studied piano and percussion at the Malmo Academy of Music, and later piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. At the age of nine he appeared at the `Village Vanguard` festival in New York receiving praise from the legendary Miles Davis. In his final year at the RCM Jablonski was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to record his debut disc with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Decca, which launched his professional career.

Since his debut in Washington DC in 1992 and at the Royal Festival Hall in 1993, Jablonski has performed and recorded with the world’s finest orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic and NHK Tokyo among others. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
His extensive discography on Decca, Altara Records and Octavia Records features award-winning releases and recordings of new works. Jablonski’s disc of Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Lutoslawski with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Royal Philharmonic went on to win the coveted Edison Award. His world premier performance of Wojciech Kilar’s Piano Concerto, a work written for and dedicated to him, received the Orpheus Award at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. Jablonski’s recording of Liszt solo works on Octavia Records was awarded Disc of the Month in the Japanese Gramophone in 2013. His latest recording of Grieg Album was released on Octavia Records in May this year.

Highlights of the past seasons include recitals at the London International Piano Series at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Stockholm Berwaldhallen, Munich, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile, Seoul Arts Centre and Tokyo Suntory Hall as well as concerto engagements with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center New York and the Royal Philharmonic on tour in the UK.

Jablonski’s forthcoming engagements will see him return to Warsaw for concerts at the Chopin and his Europe Festival with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Japan.  He will make his debut with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Metropolitana Lisbon, Sao Paolo Municipal Symphony Orchestra, and will appear in recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Reykjavik’s Harpa Hall and in Toronto.

Recently Peter Jablonski has taken up conducting and in the last seasons he made a recording of Mozart and Beethoven concerti directing the Swedish Chamber Philharmonia from the keyboard.

A passionate chamber musician, Jablonski is the founder and Artistic Director of the Carlscrona Chamber Music Festival in Sweden.

 

December 2014