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 performs with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

05 May 2016

On 7 May, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society closes its 75th season with a performance at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. Under conductor Modestas Pitrėnas, Peter...

Peter Jablonski tours with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

06 Apr 2016

Peter Jablonski will join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a three concert tour of the UK presenting their 'From Paris to New York’ programme. Beginning in Sheffield's City Hall...

Peter Jablonski debuts with Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra

09 Mar 2016

At the Hungarian State Opera House on 14 March, Peter Jablonski joins the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Fiore, for the first time. Peter will perform George ...

Peter Jablonski performs with Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, conducted by Antoni Wit

03 Mar 2016

Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra are joined by two ICA artists this month. Antoni Wit, Music Director since 2013, conducts the orchestra who are joined by Peter Jablonski as the...

Peter Jablonski returns to Japan for recital tour

10 Nov 2015

Peter Jablonski returns to Japan in November for a recital tour, with concerts in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya, where he will also give a masterclass. He will perform a varied programme of works by...

Peter Jablonski debuts with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

24 Oct 2015

Peter Jablonski makes his début with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Uroš Lajovic, on October 29th. In a programme consisting of diverse styles of variations, Jablonski is...

Peter Jablonski makes his Canadian debut

25 Sep 2015

Peter Jablonski makes his Canadian début this season with performances in Ottawa and Toronto. On October 9th he performs Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the...

Peter Jablonski debuts at the Ravinia Festival

03 Aug 2015

Peter Jablonski performs his debut recital at the Ravinia Festival on August 20th, with a varied programme of works, including Fragments and Études-Tableaux by Rachmaninov,...

Peter Jablonski performs at the Carlscrona Classic International Music Festival

13 Jul 2015

The Carlscrona Classic International Music Festival, of which Peter Jablonski is the founder and Artistic Director, opens on August 5th. The theme of this year's festival is 'the nature of music...

Peter Jablonski débuts with Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo

27 May 2015

Peter Jablonski returns to South America for his début with the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo playing Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F on June 14th. For further information...

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“With wrists of steel, Jablonski returned to hammer out the many extrovert parts of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, but he did not neglect grace and finesse in its moments of repose. ”

Colin Burrow, Gloucester Citizen - Apr 2016

“Peter Jablonski was the featured soloist, dynamic with powerfully incisive articulation in the outer movements, superbly moulded and paced in the nocturnal slow movement.”

Colin Burrow, Gloucester Citizen - Apr 2016

“This pianist has always been at home with jazz, but few make Rhapsody in Blue so much their own.   ”

John Allison, The Telegraph - Apr 2016

“The rapport between Jablonski and the conductor Alexander Shelley was even more tangible in Gershwin’s seminal 1924 score, a Manhattan tone poem in all but name...Jablonski’s darkly voiced chords were matched every step of the way by punchy orchestral playing in an exciting performance  ”

John Allison, The Telegraph - Apr 2016

“Although Jablonski’s playing had sparkle and fiery attack, his performance was noteworthy for stressing the introverted, melancholy side of this music. In his hands the endless melody of the slow movement sounded objectively poised, never over-sentimentalised. Refreshingly, it seemed to come from a smokey jazz den rather than a sugary salon.  ”

John Allison, The Telegraph - Apr 2016

“Its bluesy harmonies came into rich perspective here thanks to close dialogue between piano and orchestra. [Ravel Piano Concerto in G major]  ”

John Allison, The Telegraph - Apr 2016

“During Rhapsody in Blue, both Shelley and Jablonski employed a little more rubato than usual in a magnificent, roof-raising performance.  ”

Jack Johnson, bachtrack.com - Apr 2016

“Ravel’s beautiful slow movement brimming with Mozartian elegance was carefully controlled yet passionate and thoroughly engrossing.   ”

Jack Johnson, bachtrack.com - Apr 2016

“ So why not put two concertos at the heart of the evening, played by the same soloist on either side of the interval? That presupposes a soloist up to the challenge, and in the pianist Peter Jablonski the orchestra certainly had one able to juggle both Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.   ”

John Allison, The Telegraph - Apr 2016

“Pianist Peter Jablonski was an alert and commanding stage presence, his experience as a percussionist no doubt helped him to inject the pieces with the precise rhythmic vitality that they need. [Ravel Piano Concerto in G major + Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue]    ”

Jack Johnson, bachtrack.com - Apr 2016

“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

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Born in Sweden to Swedish and Polish parents, Peter Jablonski studied piano and percussion at the Malmö 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, Grieg Album, was released on Octavia Records in May 2014.

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

Last season Jablonski made his debut with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Metropolitana Lisbon and São Paolo Municipal Symphony Orchestra, and returned for performances with the Qatar Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Lübeck Philharmonic. He also made his recital debut at the Ravinia Festival in the USA. His engagements this season include debuts with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, as well as a return to the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Ankara, a recital in Toronto, a recital tour of Japan and a return to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for three concerts on tour in the UK.

Recently Peter Jablonski has taken up conducting and has 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.



May 2016