The Lady of the Camellias

On April 20th, 21st, 22nd 24th and 25th, 2018 I will be performing F. Chopin's music for "The Lady of the Camellias" ballet spectacle by John Neumeier at the National Opera in Warsaw, Poland.
I am very much looking forward to be part of this beautiful production of the Polish National Ballet.

This isn't the first time I have an opportunity to collaborate with the Polish National Ballet. The very first time it was "Fortepianissimo" choreographed by Lorca Massine. The second spectacle "Chopin The Romantic Artist" choreographed by Patrice Bart was the production taken abroad. At the invitation of Valery Gergiev, the Polish National Ballet presented this production twice at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as part of the Stars of the White Nights Music Festival. We also performed this spectacle at the SHOAC Centre in Shanghai, China.
In 2010 I was honoured to perform Chopin's music at the Wiener Opernball. This was another touching moment for me to collaborate with the Polish National Ballet and Wiener Staatsballett dancers during the presentation choreographed by Giorgio Madia. Watch it here.
In 2003 I was also collaborating with Alberta Ballet playing music by Tchaikovsky for their spectacles in Calgary and in Edmonton.

"The Lady of the Camellias" will be presented later on during current and 2018/2019 season with four more spectacles coming already in June, 2018 (21, 22, 23, 24).

Stay tuned for future dates.

Watch this teaser beautifully performed by Yuka Ebihara & Patryk Walczak.
Spot prepared by Ewa Krasucka

F. Chopin's compositions you will hear during the spectacle (with pianists' names):

ACT I
Largo from Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (fragment; Marek Bracha)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 21 (Krzysztof Jablonski)

ACT II
Waltz No. 1 in A flat major Op. 34 (Marek Bracha) 
Trois Écossaises Op. 72 No. 3 (posth.) (Marek Bracha)
Waltz No. 3 in F major, Op. 34 (Marek Bracha)
Largo from Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (Krzysztof Jablonski) 
Prelude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 28 (Krzysztof Jablonski) 
Prelude No. 17 in A flat major, Op. 28 (Krzysztof Jablonski) 
Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28 (Krzysztof Jablonski) 
Largo from Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (fragment; Krzysztof Jablonski)
Prelude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 28 (Krzysztof Jablonski) 
Prélude no. 24 in D minor, Op. 28 (Krzysztof Jablonski)

ACT III
Fantasy on Polish Airs for Piano and Orchestra in A major, Op. 13 (fragment; Krzysztof Jablonski)
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 (Krzysztof Jablonski)
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22 (Krzysztof Jablonski)
2nd movement from Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 11 (Krzysztof Jablonski)
Largo from Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (fragment; Krzysztof Jablonski)

And the Winner is... Daniel Szefer

I couldn't be more happy for my student Daniel Szefer, who became a Winner of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 2018 Concerto Competition after performing F. Chopin's Piano Concerto in F Minor Op. 21 yesterday evening (March 13, 2018) with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Professor Edmond Agopian at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Calgary.

Congratulations Daniel! You have made me proud of you yesterday! I wish you all the best and more successes like this!

Thank you, everyone, who helped Daniel, who helped us, who helped me!

I congratulate Sua Kwoun, Cameron Wong, and Daniel Dastoor! You were all magnificent!
(I had a pleasure of working with Daniel Dastoor and Cameron Wong as their chamber groups' coach so I was cheering them up as well!)

From left to right: Karl Hirzer (Resident Conductor of the CPO and Jury), Paul Dornian (President & CEO of the CPO and Jury), Brad Mahon (Director, MRU Conservatory), Daniel Dastoor (violin), Sua Kwoun (cello), Cameron Wong (oboe), Daniel Szefer (piano), Edmond Agopian (Professor, Conductor and Violinist), Bruce Barton (SCPA Professor & Director), Joelle Welling (SCPA Chair & Senior Instructor).

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From NOSPR, Katowice, Poland

On-Line Streaming, Friday, March 10th, 2017, 7:30 PM

NOSPR will perform under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz.
I will have a pleasure to join them for Piano Concerto No. 5 by Beethoven.
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor Op. 44 by S. Rachmaninoff will follow.

The streaming will be available on NOSPR's YouTube Channel as well as at www.nospr.org.pl website and through the Internet Player of the Polish Radio 2 Channel 

Beginning of the streaming:
7:30 PM local time in Poland.
11:30 AM MST (in Alberta, Canada)
1:30 PM EST
3:30 AM, Saturday, March 11th in Japan

Enjoy!

Touching surprise...

Krzysztof Nieborak, my close friend from school and wonderful guitarist himself, has surprised me today by posting this video on my Facebook. Krzysztof! Thank you! I didn't even remember I recorded this TV recital.

It was roughly 30 years ago. I was still 20 or maybe already 21-years old. Recorded by Polish Television. Mrs. Halina Pniewska and Mrs. Irena Sobierajska were my long time supporters and fans, and I did record a lot of music for TVP during those years. They are probably buried somewhere in TVP archives...

Krzysztof recorded it on a VHS Recorder at that time, and converted it now to make it usable again! What a journey to the past...

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Before recital in Nagoya...

We all like when someone says something good about what we do, don't we? I just felt like that when this article was sent to me and translated... Thank you Masako Hirota-San! Arigato gozaimas!

Krzysztof Jablonski
Etudes Op. 10 & 25 - new CD now available

My new CD, released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, is now available: 
Fryderyk Chopin, Etudes Op. 10 and 25.

Years of work and struggles, doubts, new ideas, improvements, and more... I feel deep satisfaction that I was able to "deliver" them once more, based on all the things I have learned and developed over years.

My thoughts are going to all those who influenced my growth over years, starting with my beloved Teacher - Janina Butor. It would not be possible without her. All the technical skills needed for attempting to comfortably play Chopin's Etudes I have learned under her direction. Further developed and improved under Prof. Andrzej Jasiński's guidance and finally, during many years of my own artistic work and teaching.

Thank you very much Dir. Stanislaw Leszczynski for convincing me to record them once more and for creating such an opportunity. Without your persistence and getting back to me so many times over last couple of years with the same question, this project would never happen again.

Thank you Gabriela Blicharz and Lech Dudzik for inspiring me and giving me strength as well as your constructive comments and suggestions during recording sessions! I always loved working with you and I love it even more now!

Thank you Mrs. Agnieszka Smektala for your care and all the work you did in order to coordinate things and making it work!

Thank you very much to all of you involved more or less in this work!

Additional info: NIFC Website - Catalogue

Available here: NIFC Online Store

YouTube: Krzysztof Jablonski. Etudes. Making of... (Polish language)

Listen to selected Etudes here

Yamaha Hall Recital - Tickets Available

I am pleased to share this announcement! Tickets are now available.

No Chopin this time. Debussy's Children Corner, Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Gaspard de la Nuit for the first half of the program, Mussorgsky/Horowitz/Jablonski - Pictures at an Exhibition for the 2nd half.

For more info and for ticket purchase please visit Yamaha Hall Website: Yamaha Ginza

Chopin's Concerto with Quartet Amabile

On July 25th, 2016 I had a rare occasion and a great pleasure to perform Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 with Quartet Amabile and Nobuhisa Hasegawa at the Kagoshima Citizens' Culture Hall (Second Hall) in addition to my solo portion of the evening.

It was a treat to have you all on stage! You played wonderfully! Big Bravo and thank you very much! 

The concert was part of The 37th Kirishima International Music Festival 2016/Kagoshima. We had full house and I was very happy about it!

Thank you JESC Music Foundation for such a brilliant idea! 

 From left: Tatsuki Sasanuma (Cello), Meguna Naka (Viola), Chihiro Kitada (2nd Violin), Yuna Shinohara (1st Violin) , Kris Jablonski (Piano), Nobuhisa Hasegawa (Double Bass)

From left: Tatsuki Sasanuma (Cello), Meguna Naka (Viola), Chihiro Kitada (2nd Violin), Yuna Shinohara (1st Violin) , Kris Jablonski (Piano), Nobuhisa Hasegawa (Double Bass)

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Born Again - as Kris Jablonski

To Whom It May Concern

It becomes a reality: long-needed change of my name.

I admit I lost the battle... For more than 30 years I have used my name in its original Polish form and have no intention to do this anymore.

Among most bizarre, misspelled versions of my name are Knyn Jabtouslu, Yvlonisky Kashistov, Kushishutofu Yabuwonsuki, K. Jebfinsh, Krzyszfot Jablonski, K. Zabtonsky, Christoph Yablonsky and more.

It also happened so, that my name was written differently several times during the same event - Kshishtof Jablonski, Kjistof Yablonski and Kryzystof Jablonski. I have a large collection of photos of many of those "creative" versions of my names. The result being, the audience completely confused, unable to "google" me, unable to find me, and even worse - unable to memorize my name, saying "oh, that guy with strange name, can't remember...".

From now on I will use the name: KRIS JABLONSKI. Please spread the news. Thank you!

 

"Calgary's Grand Story" by Donald B. Smith

For my short recital program I am about to perform tonight during Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Fundraising Event, I selected piano works by two great composers - Sergei Rachmaninoff and Fryderyk Chopin (Frederic Chopin). Not many Calgarians know that Rachmaninoff was performing here back in 1925 (just three months after Jasha Heifetz's performance) at the Grand Theatre, and that he stayed at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, where tonight's event is taking place. The Grand was the biggest theatre in the Pacific Northwest at the time and attracted well-known performers such as Sarah Bernhardt, Fred Astaire, Ethel Barrymore, the Marx Brothers, George Burns, Jasha Heifetz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein, and Paul Robeson, among others.

F. Chopin belongs to my beloved composers too, and there will be two iconic compositions on the program: Etude C minor Op. 10/12, so called "Revolutionary", and Polonaise A flat Major Op. 53, so called "Heroic" - both belonging to the most recognizable piano repertoire pieces around the globe.

I just purchased a book, "Calgary's Grand Story" by Donald B. Smith, as I wanted to educate myself and get to know more about the history of the city that I made my home for the past 18 years. I am finding it extremely interesting! I also highly recommend this book to everyone willing to explore Calgary's history, as well as to all those individuals who keep asking me why I am living in Calgary since so many years, and not in New York, London or Paris etc. Calgary is the City on Prairies, yes, quite far from the largest cultural hubs, but it has its own rich history, and it is up to people who live and work here to keep it great and prevent it from being just a remote place in the Prairies, in the middle of nowhere...

I am glad to be part of the tonight's event and I hope to see music lovers enjoy this evening's performances and orchestra supporters help CPO to continue performing for Calgary audiences and bringing the best of the best into town.


About the Book: 

Calgary was a boomtown of 50,000 people in 1912, the year the Lougheed Building and the adjacent Grand Theatre were built. The fanfare and anticipation surrounding their opening marked the beginning of a golden era in the city's history. The Lougheed quickly became Calgary's premier corporate address, and the state-of-the-art Grand Theatre the hub of a thriving cultural community. Through the great days of Vaudeville and classic cinema, through the Depression, two world wars, and the oil and gas boom, the Lougheed and the Grand were cornerstones of downtown Calgary. As the city grew up around them, questions about their future arose. Did they still have a place in this new metropolis of shiny glass and steel? After they were nearly destroyed by fire in 2004, the push to restore and revitalize the buildings gained new momentum. From the viewpoint of these two prominent heritage buildings, Donald Smith introduces the reader to the personalities and events that helped shape Calgary in the twentieth century. Complemented by over 140 historical images, Calgary's Grand Story is a fascinating tribute to the Lougheed and the Grand and celebrates their unrivalled position in the city's political, economic, and cultural history.

About the Author(s): 

Donald B. Smith is professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary. He has written extensively on Native history, as well as the history of Alberta and Calgary.